These Streets, a new theatrical play inspired by the women rock musicians of Seattle’s grunge years, will make its world premiere at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre in February 2013. While the performance is at the core of the project, it is also a deeper, ongoing project that seeks to create an addendum to history. Elements of the ongoing project will be featured during a month-long installation at The Project Room.
The installation will be open to the public Tuesdays – Saturdays, 11am – 3pm from February 14 – March 15, 2013. Elements include:
- Music – attendees will be able to explore playlists of music featuring women rock musicians of the Seattle grunge scene
- Oral histories – Video interviews of people who inspired the play —filmed specifically for These Streets—will be on display, including Vanessa Veselka (Bell), Fiia McGann (Goodness), Carla Torgerson (Walkabouts), Laura Weller and Bonnie Hammond (Capping Day), Sally Johnson and Mike Katell (Faster Tiger), Gretta Harley and Tess Lotta (Maxi Badd/Danger Gens), and more. Filmed by Seattle filmmaker Wes Hurley at The Project Room throughout 2012, these unique interviews will be archived at the University of Washington library and made available to the public after the conclusion of the project.
- Posters – A comprehensive display of posters from the era, courtesy the EMP archives
- Memorabilia – Personal items from the musicians who inspired the project will include recordings, photos, instruments, and other objects that represent this period in Seattle’s music history.
Opening Night: February 14, 6-8pm
DJ Scott Vanderpool (KCMU DJ in its heyday, followed by KXRX, KISW and most currently KZOK; also drummer in numerous Seattle bands then and now) spins his favorite 1990s music for a lively reception in celebration of These Streets.
These Streets Thursdays
Join us at TPR on Thursdays from 6-7pm for a pre-show event on the following dates:
- Feb. 21: A conversation with music promoters and record company figures Barbara Dollarhide-Pritchard (C/Z Records) and Sally Johnson (OK Hotel, KEXP, Seattle Weekly).
- Feb. 28: A live performance with Stephanie Wicker Emery (formerly of Seattle band Algae) and her husband Brian Emery, both current members of Seattle band Like Lightning.
- March 7: A roundtable discussion with These Streets creators Sarah Rudinoff, Gretta Harley and Elizabeth Kenny.
February 2013 – Seattle Women Who Rock Month
These Streets has been granted a City of Seattle Mayoral Proclamation for February 2013 as Seattle Women Who Rock Month. We will be working with a variety of sources, such as radio stations, to promote and celebrate this designation.
About THESE STREETS
These Streets is a new theatrical play inspired by women musicians in Seattle during the famed grunge years. This original piece of theatre is not a documentary but is based on over 40 interviews with the people who lived it. It is a gritty, funny and powerful fictional story where the characters’ past and present lives collide with their past and present music. The show is filled with music from that era, as well as a few new original songs by Harley and Rudinoff’s We Are Golden, all played and sung by the performers and a live band. These Streets is supported by 2011 Group Arts Project from 4 Culture and a 2013 CityArtist Award from the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs – City of Seattle.
Special thanks to the following people and organizations: