Three local playwrights (Machelle Allman, Persephone Vandergrift, and Carolynne Wilcox) wrote three short plays inspired by Greek myth and I was asked to direct the shows. Unlike other "festival" productions of short plays, we created a framing story that linked all three stories and used an ensemble cast where each actor had a backstory that was resolved (for better or for worse) through one of the plays.
One of the most fabulous parts of this experience was how deeply audiences responded to the story that we created, even with almost none of the bells and whistles that tend to go into creating theatrical magic. No lights and limited sound. Just actors and stories.
So the great news is that MythFest is coming back! We'll be at the Seattle Fringe Festival on September 18, 19, 20, and 21st and we're returning to the Pocket's amazing new space on September 28th.
And fabulous is getting fabulous-er. It's been an absolute joy to see the actors (Carolynne, Machelle, and Jen Smith Anderson) dive even more deeply and fearlessly into their roles, plus we've added folksinger Abi Grace to the mix, who is contributing live, original music to the show. Plus we'll actually be able to turn the lights on and off during the show!
The show in March was amazing, but this is headed to a whole new level and I can't wait to see what happens!
You can learn more about the show here.