Sunday May 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Fingerstyle Acoustic Blues Guitar
2008 & 2012 Blues Music Award Nominee
With her warm contralto and dazzling skills as an instrumentalist and arranger, Mary Flower has cemented her status as one of the most dynamic performers o
n the acoustic
blues circuit. Flower is deep in the pocket of the country blues
and there are few musicians in the genre bringing as much
creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music.
-- Acoustic Guitar Magazine
The Concert Series at KCPT is presented
in cooperation with Toolshed Sound Lab.
at Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar on Valentine's weekend.
Featuring "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney
performed by John Considine and Patricia Earnest.
Sunday February 17, at 6:00 p.m. One night only.
Tickets are $48 for the three-course dinner and show. (See menu below)
(Beverages and gratuity not included)
UPDATE: This event is sold out. Please call the KCPT box office 385-KCPT (5278)
to check for cancellations or be added to the wait list.
Veteran Hollywood Actor Patricia Earnest
Annual Playwright's Festivals
John Considine, a veteran TV and film actor, will make his first live performance in Port Townsend for a Valentine's Day event, even though he has lived here for almost 20 years. Considine will join Patricia Earnest to perform "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney at the Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar for a dinner theatre experience including a three-course gourmet meal on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.
At right: John Considine and Patricia Earnest take a moment
at KPTZ radio to talk about their upcoming performance together
in "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney at the Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar.
"Love Letters" is a play that focuses on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and performed as they sit side by side and read over 50 years of notes, cards and letters. The two discuss their hopes and dreams and disappointments that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. The play was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1990.
Considine feels confident in his role even though his last play was 23 years ago. His experience in daytime soap operas – where he had to memorize 30 pages of dialog a day – gave him the grounding to pull off just about any acting job.
"The first soap I did was in the early 1970s," Considine remembers. "I stopped in my first scene, suddenly the stage door flew open and the producer yelled 'we do not stop tape!' He found out later the producer was paid well if he could avoid editing.
"So many great Broadway actors and actresses would come on our show, 'The Young and The Restless' and be completely terrified," said Considine, "Because they had no rehearsal time and rarely had read-through before shooting."
"All the best actors came from the soaps," said Considine's co-star for "Love Letters," Patricia Earnest, "because of the schedule these actors went through."
Earnest also had her first acting job on TV – but unlike Considine – she is an active member in Port Townsend's thriving theatre community. Earnest acts with KCPT and has been directing WordPlay for the last several years.
"I think theatre is a unifier for a community," Earnest said. "I think what Key City is doing is brilliant, bringing kids into classes then later casting them in plays."
Earnest realizes that some children have a hard time getting their feelings out without it being negative. She sees that feelings are often easier to talk about when they are a characters feelings not the actors. "There is something freeing about theatre," Earnest said, "it's all positive."
Considine wished he had a beginning in theatre, especially stock theatre, where the actors perform in a different play each week. "There is something grounding about a background in theatre," he said, "that gives you the confidence to walk onto a TV or film set and it's no big deal."
This romantic event is actually a tease for KCPT's upcoming 17th-Annual Playwrights' Festival as their guest artist, playwright Jack Heifner, wrote "Hate Mail" in 2006 as an homage to A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters."
Alchemy in partnership with KCPT designed a special sumptuous Valentine's Day menu including a 'for the love of bacon' salad, 'vegetable frommage a trois' (a pillowy puff pastry with spinach and feta) with a grand finale of a red velvet cake with rose petal icing topped with red raspberries. If this partnership goes well, Alchemy and KCPT will present a special Fall dinner theatre as well and then make it an annual event.
To purchase tickets for "Love Letters" please call 385-KCPT or visit www.keycitypublictheatre.org. KCPT's season sponsors are Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar and SOS Printing.
An evening with Del Rey and Steve James lights up Key City Playhouse on Thursday January 31
at 8:00 p.m. Del Rey was one of our popular cabaret performers last summer.
"Del Rey packs a whole orchestra into her
resonator guitar” -- Southland Blues, USA
Del is a great musician and very entertaining performer.
She started with classical music at the age of four, was transfixed by her first blues album and has played blues and jazz ever since.
Del Rey plays concerts world wide and also presents a concert/lecture on women musicians called Women in American Music. She collaborates and tours frequently with Austin guitarist Steve James and she plays ukulele with Ukeshack.
She is featured on Maria Muldaur's CD "Sweet Lovin' Old Soul."
The Summer Concert Series at Key City Public Theatre was so
popular that KCPT and ToolShed SoundLab will continue
bringing great music to the intimate theatre setting beginning with
Del Rey and guitarist Steve James at the Key City Playhouse on
Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Del Rey played solo during the concert series in July to a sold-out audience. James had heard about his friend's exciting performance and hence was stoked to find he was to play the same venue two months later during the Centrum Blues Festival. "He stopped me in the backstage area before his performance" said KCPT's artistic director Denise Winter "and said how fun it would be to perform with his friend Del Rey."
Rey is a talented musician and entertaining performer. She started playing classical music at the age of four, was transfixed by her first blues album and has played blues and jazz ever since. Although Del Rey lives in Seattle, she plays concerts world wide and also presents a concert/lecture series on women musicians called "Women in American Music." She collaborates and tours frequently with James who hails from Austin, Texas. Rey also plays ukulele with Ukeshack.
James is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter concentrating in acoustic and folk blues. James has no major label but still has a loyal fan base due to his consistent touring. His early influences were Lead Belly, Josh White, and Meade "Lux" Lewis. James has played with various musicians including Bo Diddley, John P. Hammond and Dave Van Ronk.
"Del and Steve are each individually strong performers," said Rezendes. "American roots music could not be performed better by any contemporary duo."
Rey and James recorded a full-length album "Tonight" with Hobemian Records in 2004. The next scheduled concert at Key City Playhouse is fingerstyle acoustic blues guitarist, Mary Flower on May 12. Flower was a two-time Blues Music Award nominee. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and children.
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Guest Artist: The K of D with Renata Friedman
Guest Artist: Beowulf or Gilgamesh -- You Decide! with Charlie Bethel
Guest Artists: "The Water is Wide" with Michael and Vickie Townsend & Friends
Benefit: The Old Crusty Minstrels at The Upstage Restaurant
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