Bloodletting – Play – Pork Filled Productions & Theatre Off Jackson

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Bloodletting play by Pork Filled Productions at Theatre Off Jackson directed by Zenaida R. Smith. Filipino story about Aswangs with a queer spin. I felt like I was back in the Philippines! #Aswang #showsiveseen #theatre #palawan

Recommendation
See it if you want to reminisce about the Philippines


Synopsis from the Theatre: Under the watchful moon, estranged siblings Farrah and Bosley reunite in the Philippines to spread their father’s ashes in Palawan’s treasured underground river. They take shelter from a storm in a local café, where they open old family wounds and encounter an aswang, a Filipino vampire, who awakens in Farrah an ancient, terrifying, and innate power. Will she embrace her new-found power? Or let it destroy herself and her brother?

Attended Performance Date: 10/20/23 (Opening Weekend) – See my previous preview posts here.

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Few

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Few

Static (Stationary) Set: Yes

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: You should be familiar with Aswangs. The program contains a good explanation. People who don’t know what Aswangs are (sadly me) and who didn’t read the Aswangs article (me again) might struggle understanding what an Aswangs is when watching this play. The theatre’s synopsis touts them as “vampires,” but that word is too limiting. But I guess there isn’t a western term that encompasses this Filipino concept.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Mostly yes, but there’s only so much that can occur with few scenes/locations

Equity Actors: 0

Total Number of Actors: 4

Perceived Pace of the Show: Slow, especially with the large amount of dialogue. However, it did help to have fight scenes where the Aswang used their power.

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2 hours

Was there an intermission?: Yes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: No

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Scenic Design: The stage accurately portrayed what a typical eatery might look like in the Philippines in the middle of nowhere. It had thatch-like bahay kubo flair.
  • LeeLee: I probably enjoyed Anna Mulia’s portrayal of LeeLee the most. She portrayed mystery, youthful energy, and a good impression of a Pinay born in the Philippines.
  • Audio: The sound effects were well-timed and well-chosen.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Blood: For a play called “Bloodletting,” I thought there would be more blood!

Theatre Company: Pork Filled Productions

Venue: Theatre Off Jackson

Venue Physical Address: 409 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Price: Cheap

Regular Tickets: https://porkfilled.com/wp/pfp-presents-bloodletting/

Ticket Affordability Options: You can self-select “access pricing” on the ticketing website.

Dates: October 19 to November 4, 2023

Seating: General Admission

Parking: Paid street parking is usually available north of the theatre on the hill close to the park. You can also try free parking on Jackson Street closer to the I-5 bridge. As usual, there are paid parking lots nearby as well.

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@showsiveseen "Bloodletting" #play by @Pork Filled Productions at Theatre Off Jackson directed by Zenaida R. Smith. #Filipino story about #Aswangs with a queer spin. I felt like I was back in the #Philippines! Photos: Roger Tang. Review: showsiveseen.com/6958 #Aswang #showsiveseen #theatre #palawan ♬ Monster – Riduan Richie
Farrah (Jen-Ai Clinton) forces Leelee (Anna Mulia) to her knees. Photo by Roger Tang.
Jenry (Sam Prudente) tends to an ailing Bosley (Matt Dela Cruz). Photo by Roger Tang.
Farrah (Jen-Ai Clinton) is struck by a realization sparked by Jenry (Sam Prudente). Photo by Roger Tang.
Chaos erupts as Farrah (Jen-Ai Clinton tends to Bosley (Matt Dela Cruz) and Leelee (Ann Mulia) sees to Jenry (Sam Prudente). Photo by Roger Tang.
Farrah (Jen-Ai Clinton) and Leelee (Anna Mulia) struggle over an urn of ashes. Photo by Roger Tang.
Bosley (Matt Dela Ctuz) and Farrah (Jen-Ai Clinton) suddenly notices it has mysteriously stopped raining. Photo by Roger Tang.
Leelee (Anna Mulia) and Farrah (Jen-Ai Clinton) engage in a supernatural battle. Photo by Roger Tang.
RoleName
Leelee Anna Mulia
Jenry Sam Prudente
Farrah Jen-Ai Clinton
Bosley Matt Dela Cruz
UnderstudiesAnamaria Guerzon
Kendall Uyeji
DirectorZenaida R. Smith
PlaywrightBoni B. Alvarez
Assistant DirectorDavid Le
Stage ManagerOmar Faust
Assistant Stage ManagerAlister James Stern
Cultural Consultant and DramaturgEloisa Cardona
Assistant DramaturgAnamaria Guerzon
ElectricianRobert Lucy
Outreach Sam Qiambo
Props DesignerJessamyn Bateman-Iino
Lighting DesignerEmily Leong
Intimacy & Fight ConsultantJasmine Lomax
Set Designer and BuilderRobin Macartnery
Costume DesignerCorinne Park-Buffelen
Sound DesignerJosh Valdez
Social Media CoordinatorLinda Rigor
Production ManagerP. Alyda Sorm
Graphic DesignerKwesi Phillips
ProducersOmar Faust
David Le
P. Alyda Sorm
Roger Tang
Kendall Uyeji
Josh Valdez

Preview Post – Bloodletting – Play – Pork Filled Productions & Theatre Off Jackson

Bloodletting play opening weekend by Pork Filled Productions at Theatre Off Jackson. Performing until 11/4/23. Stay tuned for my full review! #showsiveseen #theatre #palawan #Philippines #Aswang

Tickets: https://porkfilled.com/wp/pfp-presents-bloodletting/

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Peter and the Starcatcher – Play – Reboot Theatre Company

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Peter and the Starcatcher play (adapted from the book) with Reboot Theatre Company. Fun origin story of Peter Pan starring Rhys Daly, Mariah Lee Squires, and Karin Terry. Strong, energetic acting and vocal projection.

Synopsis from the Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Attended Performance Date: 9/9/23 (Opening Weekend)

Type: Play with music

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: You’d probably enjoy this more if you’re familiar with the Peter Pan story.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Live Band/Orchestra: The actors played the ukelele, trumpet, kazoo(?), and guitar during a few numbers. There were 1-2 songs with piano accompaniment, but I couldn’t determine if it was live or recorded.

Equity Actors: 0

Total Number of Actors: 15

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium to fast

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.25 hours

Intermission Included: Yes

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: No, I saw this at ArtsWest when I first moved to Seattle. But there were many scenes/elements in this production that I don’t remember from the ArtsWest production. Maybe I’m getting older…

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: Probably not … it’s a well-written show but two times is enough for me

Recommendation: See it, especially if you enjoy British-inspired humor/acting.

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • End of First Act: The song before the intermission was a grandiose showstopper, which is impressive for a show that’s not even a musical!

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Narration: The narration was in the style of the actors narrating each other’s actions or their own actions. It reminded me of many past plays produced by the recently-closed Book-it Repertory Theatre.

Theatre Company: Reboot Theatre Company

Venue: Theatre Off Jackson

Venue Physical Address: 409 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Price: Cheap

Ticket Affordability Options: You can self-select the $5 inclusion rate option on the website

Dates: September 8 to 23, 2023

Seating: General Admission

Parking: Paid street parking is usually available north of the theatre on the hill close to the park. You can also try free parking on Jackson Street closer to the I-5 bridge. As usual, there are paid parking lots nearby as well.

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@showsiveseen "Peter & the #Starcatcher" #play (adapted from the book) with Reboot Theatre directed by Riley Gene. Fun origin story of #PeterPan starring @Rhys, Mariah Lee Squires, & Karin Terry. Strong, energetic acting, & vocal projection. Photos by Colin Madison. Review: showsiveseen.com/6573 #showsiveseen #theatre ♬ past life – elijah woods
RoleName
Ted Henry Behrens
Mrs. Bumbreak/Sanchez Kendra Tamär Budd
Grempkin/Mack/Prawn Rolando Cardona-Roman
Boy/Teacher Rhys Daly
Bill Slank/Clam Anamaria Guerzon
Prentiss Morgan Gwilym Tso
Smee Jayne Hubbard
AlfHelene Minassian
Ensemble/Understudy Adrian Prendergast
Ensemble/Understudy Monty Rozema
Lord AsterDan Ruiz Salvatura
Captain Scott James Schilling
Molly Mariah Lee Squires
Black Stache Karin Terry
Ensemble/Understudy Miles Wingett
Director Riley Gene
PlaywrightRick Elice based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Composer Wayne Barker
Musical Director/Sound Designer Kate Falconer
Stage Manager Emily Grierson
Assistant Stage Manager Valerie Reid
Associate Stage Manager Ryan Long
Scenic/Props Designer Robin Macartney
Lighting Designer Jacob Viramontes
Costume DesignerElsa Goodmon
Fight Director Adrian Prendergast
Poster DesignersBrad Walker, Noel Pederson
Production Managers Xandria Nirvana, Easterday Callahan
Photographer Colin Madison Photography

Preview Post – Peter and the Starcatcher – Play – Reboot Theatre Company

Peter and the Starcatcher play by Reboot Theatre Company. Opening weekend at Theatre Off Jackson. Performing until 9/23. Stay tuned for my full review!

Tickets: reboot.booktix.com

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All New Cells – Play – The Shattered Glass Project

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): All New Cells play at The Shattered Glass Project & Theatre Off Jackson directed by Alison Kozar. Starring Kasper Cergol, Kay Taylor Yelinek, Jasmine Lomax, & Zenaida Rose Smith. Neat prop/lighting design. Only 2 more performances! Wish I could rewatch to the first scene with my new perspective.

Synopsis from the Theatre: When Nils’s ex-girlfriend dies suddenly, he is dragged back into a toxic online roleplay scene he swore he’d never return to. He’d been doing okay sticking to his seven-year plan for getting over their breakup – but now, everyone either blames him or expects him to have answers, and he’s getting nasty anonymous messages that might be coming from beyond the grave. A nuanced examination of identity, trauma, assault, grief, and mental health through an online world.

Reviewed Performance: 6/15/23

Type: Play

World Premiere: Yes

Several or Few Scenes: A couple

Several or Few Settings/Locations: A couple

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: You should be familiar with online message boards

Defined Plot/Storyline: Somewhat yes. There were also many flashbacks.

Recommendation: See it if you’re familiar with online bulletin boards, especially if you live in a matrix-like existence where you met all your friends online and you primarily communicate with them online. Definitely see this if you’re into fanfic culture.

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: Probably not

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4 stars (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: 0

Total Number of Actors: 4

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium speed

Length (Including Any Intermission): 1.75 hours

Intermission: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Lighting/Scenic Design: There’s something I love about simple rectangular frames with LED light trim that changes color. It reminded me Seattle Repertory Theatre’s recent Lydia and The Troll. The spotlights dedicated to each character only extenuated the design.
  • Prop Design: The laptop/monitor screens and cell phones were thick plexiglass. It doesn’t sound like much on paper but it conveyed a more futuristic feel. Plus, the transparency unobstructed the actors. An opaque monitor prop would have significantly blocked Moody’s face.
  • End of First Act (No Spoilers): The end of the first act revealed a juicy unexpected twist. Good last line before the lights cut out … although I wonder how many people would know the reference.
  • Obsession: I was facinated with Moody’s (played by Kay Taylor Yelinek) stalker-like fixation. Well-written and well-executed.

Rant(s)

  • Prop Movement: Props and furniture were moved during scenes, which was a little distracting. It would have been better to cut the lights and quickly move things around.
  • Blocking: The characters at stage center need better blocking when speaking to Nils, who was at upper center stage. It’s usually not a good idea to turn your back to the audience unless the seating is arena theatre style or surrounding a thrust stage.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Costume Design: The characters looked sooo Seattle, which fit well with the story themes.

Theatre Company: The Shattered Glass Project

Venue: Theatre Off Jackson

Venue Physical Address: 409 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Price: Cheap

Ticket Affordability Options: Self-select ticket prices as low as zero dollars depending on your financial situation

Dates: June 2 to 18, 2023 – Sorry, I didn’t have time to see an earlier show!

Seating: General Admission

Parking: Paid street parking is usually available north of the theatre on the hill close to the park. You can also try parking on Jackson Street closer to the I-5 bridge. As usual, there are paid parking lots nearby as well.

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Cast and Production Team: See after pictures and video below

@showsiveseen "All New Cells" #play at The Shattered Glass Project + Theatre Off Jackson directed by Alison Kozar. Starring Kasper Cergol, Kay Taylor Yelinek, @jasmineissublime and Zenaida Rose Smith. Neat props & lighting design. Only 2 more performances! Wish I could rewatch the 1st scene w/ my new perspective. Photos by Kirk Hostetter. Review: showsiveseen.com/5843 #theatre ♬ LOVER AND PSYCHOPATH – Casey Baer
Jasmine Lomax, Kasper Cergol, and Kay Taylor Yelinek
Kasper Cergol and Zenaida Rose Smith
Kasper Cergol and Kay Taylor Yelinek
Jasmine Lomax, Kasper Cergol, and Kay Taylor Yelinek
Kay Taylor Yelinek
Kasper Cergol and Zenaida Rose Smith
Kay Taylor Yelinek and Jasmine Lomax
RoleName
LuxZenaida Rose Smith
NilsKasper Cergol
MoodyKay Taylor Yelinek
AeonJasmine Lomax
PlaywrightAliza Goldstein
DirectorAlison Kozar
Intimacy ConsultantFrancesca Betancourt
Properties & Set-Dressing DesignerJessamyn Bateman-Iino
Sound DesignerMadelyn Zandt
Producer/Scenic DesignerRebecca O’Neil
Social Media ManagerCarolynne Wilcox
Calling Stage ManagerBrandon Ellis
Lighting DesignerChih-Hung Shao
Graphic DesignerLara Kratz
PhotographyKirk Hostetter
Casting DirectorBuddy Todd
Deck Stage ManagerHana Oh
Costume DesignFawn Bartlett
Production AssistantErin Lammie
Scenic PainterGwen Gothe