Ballyhoo Theatre and Black Box at Edmonds College present My Body No Choice. One performance only, October 25, 2022 at 7:30pm at Black Box at Edmonds College.
In June 2022, reproductive rights took a giant leap backwards when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. In the United States, we can drive when we turn 16, and vote when we turn 18. But we no longer have the bodily autonomy to make the choices that will impact us the most.
In My Body No Choice, eight of America’s most exciting female playwrights share what choice means to them, through the telling of fiction and non-fiction stories rooted in personal experience; theirs or a friend’s. Because this is a time when women need to tell their stories. My Body No Choice is a commission of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. This reading is presented in coordination with a full production at Arena that will be Molly Smith's final production as the company's Artistic Director.
My Body No Choice will explore the importance of bodily autonomy, from the ability to choose - or not - to have an abortion, to the freedom to choose one's body size, to making a decision around when to end one's life. The short stories are both fiction and non-fiction by eight of America's most exciting female writers, who are: Lee Cataluna (Home of the Brave), Fatima Dyfan (Woolly Mammoth Theatre New Work Fellow), Lisa Loomer (Roe), Dael Orlandersmith (Stoop Stories), Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, or the vibrator play), Mary Hall Surface (Perseus Bayou), V (formerly Eve Ensler) (The Vagina Monologues), and Anonymous. These tremendous artists and their monologues represent a rich diversity of theatrical storytelling and personal experiences.
No admission fee, however, reservations are required. Some of this material may be too sensitive for younger children. Recommended ages are 14 and up.
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Come enjoy a fun and informal night of entertainment by Ballyhoo Theatre alums, students and friends. Interested in performing? Let us know!
December 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm at the Pheonix Theatre in Edmonds. Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door ($10.00 suggested), cash or Venmo. Please remain masked during the show.
A Ballyhoo Theatre Mainstage Production in partnership with The Black Box at Edmonds College.
The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Fun Home is a musical adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. We are excited to be the first amateur production in the greater Seattle area!
Performances will be held at the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds College, March 3-19, 2023
Based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, and set in roaring twenties Chicago, the musical follows Roxie Hart, whose crime of passion lands her on Merry Murderesses Row, sharing the spotlight with vaudeville icon and fellow felon Velma Kelly. To keep their names in the headlines and themselves off death row, Roxie and Velma ultimately join forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. Chicago: Teen Edition has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb, and is performed by students ages 15-21.
Performances run July 21-30, 2023.
A Co-Production between Ballyhoo Mainstage and The Summer Intensive Program
Be part of the developmental process and one of the first audiences of a wonderful NEW MUSICAL in this pilot production.
Shapeshifters, written by Truth Future Bachman (they/them), is a music-theatre multiverse dedicated to LGBTQIA2S+ superheroes. Using the lens of superhero science fiction, Shapeshifters encourages young queer and trans participants, and their allies, to consider what “others” them as their superpower, and is equal parts entertainment, education, and empowerment.
The show is still being workshopped following a presentation at Joe’s Pub in NYC. This actor-driven production is part of the pilot development process and will include the making of a short documentary as record of the show’s growth. The show is designed to allow participants to create text as part of the narrative, providing the opportunity to inject their personal DNA into this theatrical experience. With a fantastic techno-inspired score unlike anything you’ve heard before, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the creation of a new musical!
August 11-13, 2023
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