What’s Up Next for Kitty and Dan?

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Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales. Photo by Nate Watters.

It’s no secret that The Vaudevillians are one busy duo. They’ve been performing ever since they thawed out, and they’ve got gigs lined up the wazoo. What’s next? Here are a few things they’ve got in the hopper:

1. The Vaudevillians sequel. Yes, there’s going to be a part two, and Kitty will be pregnant. Gird your loins.

2. Right after their run at the Rep, Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales will travel to New York and the UK to perform their holiday show, Unwrapped. This wintertime romp “gives audiences a look at the holiday season through the jaded, sassy, somewhat boozy eyes of two bitter queens.” What could be better?

3. The Inevitable Album. We’re cheating a little on this one since it’s already been released, but with songs like “Coffee and Wine” and “What About Debbie,” you’ve got to give this album a listen. Jinkx wrote all of the original music and did we mention that “The Bacon Shake” music video is one of the most amazing things ever? (Fred Schneider of the B-52’s even makes an appearance in it!)

We hope we’ve given you a few reasons to love The Vaudevillians even more. Catch Seattle natives Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales at the Rep through November 2 before they fly away to unwrap themselves for New York ;)

Cheryl L. West Back in the House: The First Week of BasketCases Rehearsal

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The BasketCases team!

Written by Artistic Casting Intern, Hattie Claire Andres

I have the pleasure working on Cheryl L. West’s play BasketCases, which will have its first public reading during the upcoming New Play Festival. As our first week of rehearsal came to a close, I jotted down my top four favorite moments thus far, in no particular order:

1. The face of a playwright as they hear their words out loud for the first time…EVER! This is the first workshop for BasketCases, meaning that this is the first time Cheryl is working with actors and a director on the play. Watching her face light up with delight during our first read through as she heard her words read out loud for the first time was a beautiful experience. Kudos to Casting and Literary Associate, Kaytlin McIntyre, for putting together such a fantastic cast!

2. Examining different aspects of life. Cheryl’s play digs into the fascinating world of competitive high school basketball, particularly the (often questionable) changes in personality and morality that evolve and erupt in the gym. For many of us, this week was our first introduction into this world. Not only has the play opened my eyes to the extreme joys and challenges of engaging in athletics at such an elite level, our conversations also turned to wider discussions about race and class that often infiltrate the basketball court.

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Rising Action: On Process, Play and Community

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From the desk of Marya Sea Kaminski, Associate Artistic Director.

This week marks one month since I joined the artistic staff at Seattle Repertory Theatre. The transition has been joyful and arduous; the enthusiasm of my first few weeks met in equal weight with the endless stream of artistic possibilities measured oddly in tasks, meetings, agendas, Outlook appointments and committees. Despite the practicalities of the process, it is a dream to discuss Art all day long. What to make? How, who and when to make it? How to fund it, sell it, tell the story of the process of creating the story in order to gather the resources for the story to thrive? Fascinating work.

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How to Speak Like A Vaudevillian: A Glossary of 1920’s Slang

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Well isn’t she just the cat’s meow? Pictured: Jinkx Monsoon. Photo: Nate Watters.

Alright Dames and Gents, before you step out in your glad rags to see Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales in The Vaudevillians, be sure you don’t get all balled up and mistake a jam for a clam! Or dogs for gams! Although these words may seem unfamiliar, many of them are glaumed straight from the roaring 20s!

Get a slant on these 1920’s slang terms and you’ll be jawing like a bonafide Vaudevillian in no time!

Balled up: confused, messed up

Beef: Problem, issue “What’s your beef with me, pally ?!”

Bee’s Knees: an extraordinary person, thing or idea (ex. Jinx Monsoon and Major  Scales are the bee’s knees!)

Cat’s Meow: fashionable, fabulous (ex. That dress is the Cat’s Meow!)

Cheese it: stash things away, hide (ex. Cheese it! It’s the fuzz!)

Crush: an infatuation

Clam: a dollar

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Top 5 Things I Learned in My First Three Weeks At the Rep

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Chester Coates! (One of the perks of “Bring Your Pet to Work Day.”)

Written by Marketing Intern Amelia Peacock.

1. Comp tickets are always up for grabs!

In my short time at the Rep I have had the opportunity to see Angels in America Parts 1 AND 2 at The Intiman, our neighbor theatre, and A Chorus Line at 5th Avenue Theatre. If you think about it, that is one FREE show per week so far!

2. Food is never in short supply.

There is always a variety of snacks available on the meeting table in the marketing office! Past favorites include some questionable flavors of potato chip from Canada – Ketchup, and Calamari? Gross!! – and a delectable, homemade S’mores Cake!

3. Every day is “Bring Your Pet to Work Day”!

Many Seattle Rep staffers own furry bundles of joy that make regular appearances in our office. They are the perfect distraction and always put a smile on my face.

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What Did You Think of The Vaudevillians?

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They’re just the berries! From left: Major Scales, Jinkx Monsoon. Photo by Claire Alexander.

We want to hear from you! What did you think of The Vaudevillians? Leave your comment below.

Vaudeville: A Brief History

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Take two incredibly talented artists, throw in some 1920s glitz and one outlandish premise and you are guaranteed a rip roaring good time at the theatre. Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales open their “duo de force”, The Vaudevillians, this week at Seattle Repertory Theatre. To prepare for this unique blast from the past, we thought we would hoof it back to the era where this production got its name.

But first, what is vaudeville? The popular early 20th century genre was as much a cultural revolution as it was a theatrical one. Vaudeville first became popular among frontiersmen in urban settlements across America, extending its reach with the arrival of more and more immigrants and the rapid growth of city populations. Vaudeville productions were often made up of a variety of different acts from comedians, to musicians and acrobats, employing over 25,000 performers. Although not above the cultural prejudices of the era, vaudeville was one of the first artistic genres to defy racial and classist stereotypes, offering an unprecedented look at American culture. The following timeline highlights just a few of the many landmark events in vaudeville’s rich history.

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