Thursday, November 29, 2012

Seattle’s Quiet is ready to make some noise with ‘Pippin’

The Quiet theatre troupe is known for taking a classic piece of theater and give it a unique twist. They performed Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” and gave it a “Mad Men” setting. This time, they are re-imaging Stephen Schwartz’ “Pippin changing the acting troupe and making them circus performers.

During the Great Depression, residents of small towns throughout the country were desperately trying to eke out a meager existence, living hand to mouth with little or no hope that things would get better. When the traveling carnivals would pass through, they provided a short distraction. For an evening, men and women whose lives were spent in bitter striving had a moment of relief. They came for the games and the atmosphere, but mostly, they came for the spectacle.

“It isn't that different today,” says Josh Hornbeck, Quiet’s Artistic Director. “In a struggling economy, with an ever-growing gap between the ‘have's’ and ‘have-not's’, we turn more and more for the empty spectacle of summer blockbusters, trashy television, and superficial pop. And so, with our re-imagining of the classic '70s musical Pippin, we use the trappings of carnival and spectacle to bring you a story of disillusionment and the search for meaning and fulfillment.”

“Pippin: The Musical” will be presented November 29-30, and December 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and one matinee will be offered on December 8 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at the Richard Hugo House located at 1634 11th Ave., Seattle 98122. Tickets are a steal that range from $7-$10 and can be ordered here.

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