Handwritten Productions started around a coffee table. Five friends, all alumni of the University of Puget Sound, were discussing (as we were wont to do) theatre. Specifically, good theatre. More specifically, how we could get involved with making good theatre in Seattle. While we all came from different perspectives, we agreed that good theatre told stories in engaging ways, was more than an idle hour wasted, and required devoted labor from a variety of artists. As we bemoaned our current theatrical prospects, someone noticed who was sitting around the table:
|Jake Sherman, a playwright and actor. Jake has written three full-length plays, four one-acts, and has no intention of stopping. In addition, he has a fondness for performance and some skill as an actor. He hails from Oregon.|
|Jeremy Thompson, an actor whose resume includes Malcolm in Macbeth, Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sebastian in Raised in Captivity, Pete in Almost Maine, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, and Valentine, Gus, and Septimus in Arcadia. He is currently attending graduate school at the University of Idaho.|
|Julia Welch, a designer and stage combat choreographer. She has worked with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Our American Theatre Co, Ubiquitous They, The Eclectic Theatre Company, Ghost Light Theatricals, Annex Theatre, and Probably Forgettable Productions. She is an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.|
|Rachel Wolfe, a director and theatrical scholar. She has been directing plays since elementary school, when she would stage productions in her living room for friends and neighbors. Since then, she has gone on to act in a multitude of school, community, and professional theatre productions, and only in the last three years rediscovered her love of directing through productions of Under Lubianka Square, Yo Tambien Hablo de la Rosa, and The Gene Pool. She is currently attending graduate school at the University of California at Santa Barbara.|
Peter Frost [past company member], a Seattle-based designer and director. He has recently worked on productions of A Taste of Honey, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls, Nina in the Morning, Inspecting Carol and Money Changes Everything. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in Theatre Arts.
Assembled around the table, complaining, were all the skill sets needed to create good theatre. So we picked a script, cast some actors, and, with the kind donations of family and friends, staged our first show under the name One Shot Productions. Our audiences were appreciative, and we realized we’d started a production company. We rebranded as Handwritten Productions and launched enthusiastically into our next endeavor. We hope we’re here to stay.
Handwritten Productions. Good People, Good Stories, Good Times.