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    “Embrace the wackiness!” of Shaw’s You Never Can Tell

    Director Stephanie Shroyer discusses the warmth and wisdom of Shaw’s sunniest, funniest play. “What family is not peculiar?” asks Stephanie Shroyer, guest director of George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell. “Embrace the wackiness!” extols Stephanie, who is an associate professor at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts (where she is also Associate Artistic Director). She’s…

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    Six Characters in Search of an Author: Meet the Stepdaughter

    She wants revenge. She wants to get to the truth: her truth and nothing but her truth. These six characters live in a fixed reality more painfully human than one could imagine. They are wandering spirits looking for an end—and to be set free as they plead their cases to a jury of actors. On…

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    SOUND, DESIGNED: Composer Martín Carrillo revisits Romeo and Juliet

    An Ovation Award™ winner for his sound design for Romeo and Juliet at Boston Court in 2004, Martín Carrillo returns to the iconic play with fresh ideas and compositions at ANW this spring. This will be Martín’s sophomore appearance at ANW following his highly lauded work on Jean Anouilh’s Antigone earlier this season. Now he…

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    Meet our Juliet!

    Newcomer stars as Juliet in her first performance at ANW Born and raised in Galway, Ireland, Donnla Hughes barely stepped off a plane at LAX before she was cast as an understudy in the Geffen’s production of Outside Mullingar. In similarly short order—yet after an extensive search process—Donnla was picked as our Juliet. A bachelor’s…

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    Spending Christmas with our Cast!

    After hearing patrons’ heartfelt comments about A Christmas Carol, we asked the cast to share a few words on what the show means to them. Alison Elliott (Belle/Ensemble): The best part about being in the show is the fact that we as performers get the opportunity to interact with the fourth spirit of A Christmas…

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    THE PERFECT VALENTINE: ROMEO AND JULIET

    Dámaso Rodríguez brings his thrilling interpretation of Romeo and Juliet to ANW’s Redmond Stage beginning February 14. A graduate of our Professional Directing Internship, Dámaso is artistic director of Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre. Prior to joining Artists Rep, he served as associate artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse and co-artistic director Los Angeles’ Furious Theatre….

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    ‘round Every Corner: YOU NEVER CAN TELL

    When we first heard that Shaw’s wonderfully warm comedy would be part of the spring season, we hoped that Ovation Award winner Deborah Strang would play the intrepid-yet-irascible Mrs. Clandon. Prayers answered! Here, Deborah shares her thoughts on this wonderful—but—seldom seen role. “Shaw tends to terrify me; for many of his plays, I never feel…

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    Education Department expands programs–and horizons!

    Thanks to the vision and leadership of Education Director Alicia Green, the scope of our programs for young folk has increased significantly. The happy result: we now serve more students than ever before.   Especially telling is that attendance goals for our fall student matinees (affectionately known as “SMATs”) have exceeded expectations. Relatedly, the Company…

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    You Asked, They Answered

    After every performance this fall, patrons have been filling out our post-show surveys (thank you!). Here are the some answers to a few frequently asked questions. ANTIGONE How did the actors prepare for their roles? Inger Tudor, Chorus: Primarily, Rob (Dean, the director) and I worked on making sure the Chorus was not like a…

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    Arcadia, Tom Stoppard’s Deliciously Dark Farce

    “We shed as we pick up, like travelers who must carry everything in their arms, and what we let fall will be picked up by those behind. The procession is very long and life is very short.” —Septimus Hodge, Arcadia Directed by Stephen Rockwell, 2016’s first Resident Artist reading brings one of Stoppard’s brilliantly funny…

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