"The play, the actors - wonderful. There were four of us, not used to the particular format for a play, that were stunned with the power and beauty of it. Thank you, thank you!"
"Parley is an amazing organization, launching wonderful works by amazing writers. I'm eager to see what's in store for the 2015 season!"
"A beautiful story told with great humor and empathy."
"The actors did a great job. Didn't even feel like they had scripts in their hands."
"Spectacular. Truly. ... I was crying from Act I, Scene 1. Kudos to everyone involved."
"WONDERFUL reading . . . it was really really really great, had a science fiction element that was so natural and omg the performances were pants droppingly good. . . . a delight, a triumph, and truly original."
"I wanted to thank you all for such a powerful and brave night of theater. I won't be able to stop thinking about tonight's show for quite a spell. Beautiful work you all."
"There was tremendous love and energy from that audience. Quite extraordinary for a staged reading, and really fun for the performers."
"The play was so touching from start to finish, so personal and very intimate."
"Congrats to Parley on a powerful close to their debut season. Stellar work from everyone involved. I [was] blown away."
"I just wanted to tell you all how much I loved both the engaging play and the emotionally charged acting. You've all got a great thing going with Parley!"
"[The play was] an existential truth-telling gem. Thank you for the deeply poignant writing and the brilliant performances."
"The pre-workshop discussion was wonderful, and I encourage Parley to continue!"
"The story [was] rich with piercing insight into the frailties of humanity while simultaneously reflecting love, respect, and hope for our species."
"Bravo Parley on a really quality production! (And what a beautiful space, that.) Splendid acting all around,"
"Your ability to skewer religion while remaining kind and respectful to the humans involved is an astounding skill. I look forward to many more engaging plays."
"Your play was excellent. You really have something there that a lot of people will identify with. Thank you for telling the story."
"I could, honest-to-God, see that play making its way out into theaters around the country."
"Super thought-provoking play ... I am still thinking about it today. And my friend could not stop raving ... We are glad we came."
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Grace is a recent widow living in a retirement community in Florida who discovers a sexy, swinging subculture burbling beneath the surface of all the golf cart paths. Caught up in the excitement, Grace strays farther and farther from the woman her friends have come to know. But when Grace makes a choice to live her life to the fullest, who will have to live with the consequences?
No Strings Attached
a world premiere workshop
by Greg Brisendine
Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth
Tuesday, August 30th
West of Lenin
Admission is pay what you will, but seating is limited.
We encourage reservations.
BARBARA DEERING (GRACE) is delighted to be working on this exceptional new work. Living and performing here in the Northwest for over 20 years, Barbara began her theater career as a child at age 9 in Chicago, then worked 20 years in the Southeast and now calls Bainbridge Island home. Some of her roles here in the Northwest include Polly in Other Desert Cities, Jeanette in The Full Monty and Mama Morton in Chicago. She has made two appearances on "Grimm" and can be seen in the movies Georgia, Grassroots, and Autumn Waltz. Barbara would like to thank Parley for inviting her, Greg Brisendine for his wonderful writing, Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth for her insightful direction and the wonderful, creative cast she is working with for their energy and effort on this piece.
GRETCHEN DOUMA (BEATRICE) is delighted to work with Parley on this wonderful new play. She just finished appearing as Sheila in the recent world premiere production of Benjamin Benne’s Terra Incognita at Annex. She has also performed with ArtsWest, Bellevue Civic, 14/48, Forward Flux, Live Girls!, the Mae West Fest, Seattle Theatre Works, Taproot, TART and Valley Center Stage, among others. Before moving to Seattle, she worked extensively in theater, film, industrials and voice-overs in the Twin Cities. Some favorite roles: Virginia (Three Viewings), Lydia (Still Life), Madame Arcati (Blythe Spirit), Mrs. Hardcastle (She Stoops to Conquer), Big Mama (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Shirley Valentine (Shirley Valentine). Love to Nina and "the girls."
KELLY JOHNSON (JANE) is thrilled to be working with Greg, the writer of The Hat, and Parley. She's a local kid who was last seen in Annex's Puny Humans, STAGERight's I Gelosi, and Arouet's Life Is a Dream. She'd like to thank the indomitable Dawn, Barbara, Gretchen, and Nancy for their moxie, strength and talent in helping to bring these characters to life. A huge thank you to my husband, Vandyman, for supporting me in my theatre—even if I take them on the same month we get married. Muah!!!
NANCY TITUS ZERG (EMILY) recently moved to Washington and is making her Seattle debut in No Strings Attached. It’s also her first time on stage in over 25 years, returning to theater now that her daughter is all grown up. In her earlier life, Nancy was in over 40 stage productions in San Diego and Los Angeles. She won a Best Supporting Actress award for Shaw’s You Never Can Tell at the Old Globe Theatre, Best Actress award from Dramalogue Magazine for her work in The Circle at the Gaslamp Quarter Theatre and a Best Actress award nomination from the San Diego Drama Critics for her work in Pinter’s The Homecoming. Some other productions she has appeared in include Guys and Dolls, Romantic Comedy, Isn’t It Romantic, Once Upon a Mattress, Uncommon Women and Others, Godspell, Veronica’s Room and many more. She is honored to be part of this production and excited to perform such a beautifully written script with this talented cast.
DAWN CORNELL (DEVORAH): Involved in many productions throughout Puget Sound. Studied at AADA in NY after a BA in Theatre from UW. Has worked at Driftwood Theatre in Edmonds, SMT and Fringe Festival; recently finished work on 48 Hour Film Festival and had such fun! Proudest lifelong joy is the amazing family and my incredible two daughters who make each day just lovely and allowed me pass through their teenage years relatively unscathed. And my future theatre work will always be for you, Alan, and I will always miss your crazy wit and your love of your daughters and me. And Greg…keep writing!
In Insufficient, Astrid and Peril are new to love and determined to make it work. From an awkward dinner date to a not-so-casual hike in the woods, these two are hell-bent on figuring each other out – that is, until an unexpected run-in with a stranger pushes them to what could be the breaking point.
In The Other Side of Silence, a woman copes with the break up of a lifetime by packing away everything that makes her hurt. What she discovers is a seemingly endless stream of troubling thoughts that have kept her from moving on.
Insufficient and The Other Side of Silence
the world premiere workshop of 2 short plays
by Grace Carmack
directed by Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth
* Content advisory: Insufficient contains references to sexual violence.
ERIN GRAY (SHE) is a California native who moved to Seattle five years ago. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, she has recently been seen manning the front desk at Freehold Theatre. Her alter ego, Lil' Tigre, has been moonlighting on Seattle's finest burlesque stages, and she can be spotted this fall at Bumbershoot in DUMP: A Garbage Burlesque. Erin thanks Parley for this wonderful opportunity to work on Grace Carmack's poetic and vivid play, The Other Side of Silence.
Tuesday, September 6
West of Lenin
pay what you will
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EMILY PIKE (PERIL) is a local actor and musician with a BFA in theater from Cornish College of the Arts. Insufficient marks her third collaboration with Parley, and she is delighted to be working once again with such a capable and ambitious team of artists. She'd like to thank Rebecca, Grace, and her fellow cast members for a truly joyful and thought-provoking process.
ELEANOR WITHROW (ASTRID) is thrilled to reconnect with Parley on another project and couldn't be more excited to work with such a talented group of women.