The Abdication – Summer 2012
A Play by Ruth Wolff, Directed by Rachel Wolfe
Featuring the work of Corey Lynn Atencio, Audrey Bartron, Tim Brandt, Kristie Dutra, Charlotte Emigh, Kelly Engle, Joey Fechtel, Rhys Henley, Jen Hickman, Elaine Huber, Robin Macartney, Afton Pilkington, Tomoko Saito, Stephen Scheide, Jacob Sherman, Gretta Stimson, Kalee Smyth, Craig Trolli, Julia Welch and Raymond Williams
August 10th-11th, 16th-18th, 23rd-25th
In 1664, Queen Christina abdicates the throne of Protestant Sweden, and journeys to Rome to convert to Catholicism. When she arrives, she is not greeted with the accolades she expected, but with an interrogation by Cardinal Azzolino – though he would prefer the term “confession”. The play takes place in the antechamber of the Vatican, as Christina and Azzolino match wits and wills. Their dialogue mixes with flashbacks as Christina explains the events leading up to her abdication. However, in the telling, Christina’s younger self is portrayed by two different characters: an aggressive tomboy named Chris, and the delicate princess, Tina. As the former queen’s confession unfolds, her boldness and vulnerability, independence and acquiescence, masculinity and femininity for dominance through this dramatic conceit. In the end, as it becomes impossible to separate truth from lies, Christina’s own perceptions of herself are forced to reconcile themselves, or she will be denied conversion, and cast out into the cold.
At heart, The Abdication is about love: the love of self and the love of others, and the way that love cracks when we set people apart – whether through power structures, societal conventions, or even something as simple as our faith.
In her writing, Wolff sacrifices hard-line historical realism in favor of a drama that is whimsical and psychological, using history as a base upon which to build a truly modern play. In the spirit of this blend, our design for the production is also expressionistic, focusing on the feel of the piece more than a slavish devotion to historical accuracy. Taking seventeenth-century Sweden and Rome as a baseline, the design of this piece will also blend in touches that are modern or non-realistic. We want to call attention to the elements of Wolff’s writing that speak to the present, as well as to the idea that the space we are in is Christina’s own head rather than the actual seventeenth-century Vatican.
Vitriol – Summer 2011
A New Work by Jacob D. Sherman
Battling swords with pens is never as simple as proverbs claim, as the newsmen of the Munich Post learned. For thirteen years in interwar Germany, their acerbic criticism of Hitler made them his most hated and effective enemies. Upon taking power, Hitler attempted to erase them from history. He nearly succeeded. This new work explores the trials of these four reporters- their courage, their tenacity, their friendship, and their Vitriol.
The show features the work of Michelle Burweiler, Tom Dewey, Brenan Grant, Jenny Hickman, David Klein, Emily Leong, Robin Macartney, Afton Pilkington, Stephen Scheide, Jake Sherman, Ryan Spickard, Jeremy Thompson, Kristie Tice, Jacob Tice, and Julia Welch
July 7th-9th, 14th-16th, 21st-23rd
The Odd Duck Studio: 1214 10th Ave, Seattle
A recording of the production can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3B75616600199338
Vitriol: A Reading – Winter 2011
|Battling swords with pens is never as simple as
proverbs claim, as the newsmen of the Munich Post
learned. For thirteen years in interwar Germany,
their acerbic criticism of Hitler made them his most
hated and effective enemies. Upon taking power,
Hitler attempted to erase them from history. He
nearly succeeded. This new work explores the trials
of these four reporters- their courage, their tenacity,
their friendship, and their Vitriol.All reading will be followed by a talkback with the
playwright, cast and dramaturgs. All 21+ who attend
may enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.The Odd Duck Studio
1214 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Saturday, January 8th, 7:30pm
The show featured the work of Allan, Armstrong,
Troilus and Cressida – Summer 2010
One Shot Productions kicks off its existence with its premier production: Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. Set during the Trojan War, this production draws parallels between the oldest war in the western tradition and the wars being fought today by our own country. Love, glory, war, sex, pride, hate, and humor all vie for starring roles in one of Shakespeare’s most genre-defying plays.
|The Odd Duck Studio
1214 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
Thursday, July 29th, 7:30pm (Preview)
Friday, July 30th, 7:30pm
Saturday, July 31st, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 5th, 7:30pm
Friday, August 6th, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 7th, 2:00pm
Thursday, August 12th, 7:30pm – SOLD OUT
Friday, August 13th, 7:30pm – SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 14th, 7:30pm – SOLD OUTAll shows are pay-what-you-will.
The show featured the work of Mariah Angele, Tom Dewey, Jeffrey Evans, Peter Frost, Karri Hart, Jenny Hickman, Greg LoProto, Parker Matthews, Marrissa Miles-Coccaro, Adrian Moynihan, Afton Pilkington, Gaelen Poage, Anna Richardson, Stephen Scheide, Jake Sherman, Britney Smallwood, Bryan Sullivan, Jeremy Thompson, Jager Weatherby, Julia Welch, Max Westhelle, Carolynne Wilcox, and Rachel Wolfe