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Oct
26
Thu
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

Oct
27
Fri
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

The Cabiri Presents Ghost Game XI: Beyond the Veil @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Our 11th annual Halloween dessert theater production runs October 27-November 4th at Youngstown in West Seattle, featuring desserts by The Confectional, craft cocktails by Alchemy West Seattle, and five spine-tingling tales of ghosts and spirits from folklore and mythology. Reserve your single seat at a shared table or an entire table for five now, before they disappear… This year’s production features a score of live, original compositions created by celadon and Vox Vespertinus, guest choreographer Thomas Phelan, and twelve of Seattle’s finest aerialists, acrobats, and dancers.

Beyond the Veil is appropriate for audience members 16 years and older. Festive attire encouraged. All seating is preassigned, so please contact us to be seated with your friends who are coming to the same show. We need all parties’ last names and date you have purchased tickets for, via email to charly@cabiri.org.

Location:
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW

Show Dates/Times:
Friday 10/27
Saturday 10/28
Thursday 11/02
Friday 11/03
Saturday 11/04
* Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. show every evening.

Ticket Pricing:
General: $45 – Includes dessert
Table for Five: $225 – Reserved Table for 5, includes dessert
VIP Table for Five: $295 – Reserved table in the first two rows and a bottle of bubbly
VIP Single Seat: $65 – Reserved seat in the first two rows and a glass of bubbly upon arrival
Séance for Five: $495 – Front row seating for five, champagne, exclusive desserts, and photos with the performers after the show

Get tickets online here.

Oct
28
Sat
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

The Cabiri Presents Ghost Game XI: Beyond the Veil @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm

Our 11th annual Halloween dessert theater production runs October 27-November 4th at Youngstown in West Seattle, featuring desserts by The Confectional, craft cocktails by Alchemy West Seattle, and five spine-tingling tales of ghosts and spirits from folklore and mythology. Reserve your single seat at a shared table or an entire table for five now, before they disappear… This year’s production features a score of live, original compositions created by celadon and Vox Vespertinus, guest choreographer Thomas Phelan, and twelve of Seattle’s finest aerialists, acrobats, and dancers.

Beyond the Veil is appropriate for audience members 16 years and older. Festive attire encouraged. All seating is preassigned, so please contact us to be seated with your friends who are coming to the same show. We need all parties’ last names and date you have purchased tickets for, via email to charly@cabiri.org.

Location:
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW

Show Dates/Times:
Friday 10/27
Saturday 10/28
Thursday 11/02
Friday 11/03
Saturday 11/04
* Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. show every evening.

Ticket Pricing:
General: $45 – Includes dessert
Table for Five: $225 – Reserved Table for 5, includes dessert
VIP Table for Five: $295 – Reserved table in the first two rows and a bottle of bubbly
VIP Single Seat: $65 – Reserved seat in the first two rows and a glass of bubbly upon arrival
Séance for Five: $495 – Front row seating for five, champagne, exclusive desserts, and photos with the performers after the show

Get tickets online here.

Oct
29
Sun
2017
‘The Nance’ matinée @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

Nov
2
Thu
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

The Cabiri Presents Ghost Game XI: Beyond the Veil @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

Our 11th annual Halloween dessert theater production runs October 27-November 4th at Youngstown in West Seattle, featuring desserts by The Confectional, craft cocktails by Alchemy West Seattle, and five spine-tingling tales of ghosts and spirits from folklore and mythology. Reserve your single seat at a shared table or an entire table for five now, before they disappear… This year’s production features a score of live, original compositions created by celadon and Vox Vespertinus, guest choreographer Thomas Phelan, and twelve of Seattle’s finest aerialists, acrobats, and dancers.

Beyond the Veil is appropriate for audience members 16 years and older. Festive attire encouraged. All seating is preassigned, so please contact us to be seated with your friends who are coming to the same show. We need all parties’ last names and date you have purchased tickets for, via email to charly@cabiri.org.

Location:
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW

Show Dates/Times:
Friday 10/27
Saturday 10/28
Thursday 11/02
Friday 11/03
Saturday 11/04
* Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. show every evening.

Ticket Pricing:
General: $45 – Includes dessert
Table for Five: $225 – Reserved Table for 5, includes dessert
VIP Table for Five: $295 – Reserved table in the first two rows and a bottle of bubbly
VIP Single Seat: $65 – Reserved seat in the first two rows and a glass of bubbly upon arrival
Séance for Five: $495 – Front row seating for five, champagne, exclusive desserts, and photos with the performers after the show

Get tickets online here.

William Shakespeare’s The Star Wars Verily, A New Hope @ West Seattle High School Theater
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

West Seattle High School‘s drama department presentation:

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

E-mail tickets@westsidedrama.com for reservations – $10 ticket with reservation, $15 at the door.

Nov
3
Fri
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

The Cabiri Presents Ghost Game XI: Beyond the Veil @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm

Our 11th annual Halloween dessert theater production runs October 27-November 4th at Youngstown in West Seattle, featuring desserts by The Confectional, craft cocktails by Alchemy West Seattle, and five spine-tingling tales of ghosts and spirits from folklore and mythology. Reserve your single seat at a shared table or an entire table for five now, before they disappear… This year’s production features a score of live, original compositions created by celadon and Vox Vespertinus, guest choreographer Thomas Phelan, and twelve of Seattle’s finest aerialists, acrobats, and dancers.

Beyond the Veil is appropriate for audience members 16 years and older. Festive attire encouraged. All seating is preassigned, so please contact us to be seated with your friends who are coming to the same show. We need all parties’ last names and date you have purchased tickets for, via email to charly@cabiri.org.

Location:
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW

Show Dates/Times:
Friday 10/27
Saturday 10/28
Thursday 11/02
Friday 11/03
Saturday 11/04
* Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. show every evening.

Ticket Pricing:
General: $45 – Includes dessert
Table for Five: $225 – Reserved Table for 5, includes dessert
VIP Table for Five: $295 – Reserved table in the first two rows and a bottle of bubbly
VIP Single Seat: $65 – Reserved seat in the first two rows and a glass of bubbly upon arrival
Séance for Five: $495 – Front row seating for five, champagne, exclusive desserts, and photos with the performers after the show

Get tickets online here.

William Shakespeare’s The Star Wars Verily, A New Hope @ West Seattle High School Theater
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

West Seattle High School‘s drama department presentation:

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

E-mail tickets@westsidedrama.com for reservations – $10 ticket with reservation, $15 at the door.

Nov
4
Sat
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

The Cabiri Presents Ghost Game XI: Beyond the Veil @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm

Our 11th annual Halloween dessert theater production runs October 27-November 4th at Youngstown in West Seattle, featuring desserts by The Confectional, craft cocktails by Alchemy West Seattle, and five spine-tingling tales of ghosts and spirits from folklore and mythology. Reserve your single seat at a shared table or an entire table for five now, before they disappear… This year’s production features a score of live, original compositions created by celadon and Vox Vespertinus, guest choreographer Thomas Phelan, and twelve of Seattle’s finest aerialists, acrobats, and dancers.

Beyond the Veil is appropriate for audience members 16 years and older. Festive attire encouraged. All seating is preassigned, so please contact us to be seated with your friends who are coming to the same show. We need all parties’ last names and date you have purchased tickets for, via email to charly@cabiri.org.

Location:
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW

Show Dates/Times:
Friday 10/27
Saturday 10/28
Thursday 11/02
Friday 11/03
Saturday 11/04
* Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. show every evening.

Ticket Pricing:
General: $45 – Includes dessert
Table for Five: $225 – Reserved Table for 5, includes dessert
VIP Table for Five: $295 – Reserved table in the first two rows and a bottle of bubbly
VIP Single Seat: $65 – Reserved seat in the first two rows and a glass of bubbly upon arrival
Séance for Five: $495 – Front row seating for five, champagne, exclusive desserts, and photos with the performers after the show

Get tickets online here.

William Shakespeare’s The Star Wars Verily, A New Hope @ West Seattle High School Theater
Nov 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

West Seattle High School‘s drama department presentation:

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

E-mail tickets@westsidedrama.com for reservations – $10 ticket with reservation, $15 at the door.

Nov
5
Sun
2017
‘The Nance’ matinée @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 5 @ 3:00 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

Nov
8
Wed
2017
William Shakespeare’s The Star Wars Verily, A New Hope @ West Seattle High School Theater
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

West Seattle High School‘s drama department presentation:

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

E-mail tickets@westsidedrama.com for reservations – $10 ticket with reservation, $15 at the door.

Nov
9
Thu
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

William Shakespeare’s The Star Wars Verily, A New Hope @ West Seattle High School Theater
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

West Seattle High School‘s drama department presentation:

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

E-mail tickets@westsidedrama.com for reservations – $10 ticket with reservation, $15 at the door.

Nov
10
Fri
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

William Shakespeare’s The Star Wars Verily, A New Hope @ West Seattle High School Theater
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

West Seattle High School‘s drama department presentation:

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

E-mail tickets@westsidedrama.com for reservations – $10 ticket with reservation, $15 at the door.

Nov
11
Sat
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

Nov
12
Sun
2017
‘The Nance’ matinée @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 12 @ 3:00 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

Nov
16
Thu
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

Nov
17
Fri
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

Nov
18
Sat
2017
‘The Nance’ @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

Nov
19
Sun
2017
‘The Nance’ matinée @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Nov 19 @ 3:00 pm

Who: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery presents THE NANCE, featuring Richard Gray and Jeff Steitzer
Where: ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
What: THE NANCE, By Douglas Carter Beane
When: Opens Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Closes Sunday, November 19, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 3:00pm

Tickets: General Admission: $40.00 | Seniors (65+): $35 | Students: $19 |
TeenTix (door only): $5

Tickets on sale now at http://www.artswest.org/theatre/buy-tickets/

ArtsWest’s second production of its 2017-18 I AM Season, Douglas Carter Beane’s THE NANCE is a musical play set in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque.

In THE NANCE, Richard Gray plays the role of Chauncey Miles, a performer specializing in a very specific kind of burlesque: a “nance” act, which features bawdy songs, double entendre, and – most prominently – broad caricatures of homosexual stereotypes. But there’s one important twist to Chauncey’s act. While most “nance” performers were straight, Chauncey is, in fact, gay. Amid the all-too-common police raids of gay meeting places in 1930s New York, that fact alone could place him in real danger.

Richard Gray has found much to admire about Chauncey Miles. “I love all of the contrasts in this beautifully complicated character,” says Gray. “He seems strong and confident, but is also quite broken. He both needs love and fears it. He is at times broadly comic and at times cutting with a still, dry wit. And I love the politics of it – this gay performer who also happens to be a Republican. He is both charming and deeply flawed.”

Despite the difficulties of such a complex role, Gray – an established theater veteran with 25 credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre, in addition to being an award-winning composer – feels ready for the challenge. “It is an exciting and a bit daunting mountain to climb,” says Gray, adding, “I can’t wait.”

Joining Richard Gray in THE NANCE is Jeff Steitzer, who has acted in Seattle since 1975 and amassed several lifetime’s worth of theater credits. With roles ranging from Broadway’s INHERIT THE WIND to NBC’s 30 ROCK and the HALO video game series, Steitzer brings a wealth of experience to the role of Efram, the “First Banana” in Chauncey’s world of burlesque.

“I love comedy and I love Rich Gray,” says Jeff Steitzer. “Doing THE NANCE allows me to indulge my enthusiasm for both!” Steitzer listed one simple reason why he’s excited to work at ArtsWest: Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “All my friends who’ve worked for him have had a great time,” says Steitzer, “and I’m all for having a great time!”

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