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Western Mythology Apr 23, 2010

I moved to the West coast ten years ago. One thing I have always regretted was not traveling by land to get here. I imagine the physical passage through the enormous American landscape to be a profound, challenging, dramatic experience. Much of "Awesome"’s West re-imagines and replicates this romantic journey, the expansive and rocky landscape, an existential ennui through history and consciousness; an epic three-act musical adventure/meditation of isolation and solitude, movement and stasis, memory and fantasy on a grand, operatic scale.

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Washington Hall is alive again! Apr 23, 2010

Not only will  Washington Hall will reopen with a big party on Saturday, May 1st, it's also in the running with 24 other historic properties to receive $1 Million in preservation funds!
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Seattle Times reviews West Apr 23, 2010

Michael Upchurch at Seattle Times reviews West:
In "West," their epic-scale and near-epic-length new show at On the Boards, the video wizardry of "Awesome" (always in quotes) has taken a quantum leap. The white silhouette of a galloping horse ripples across a rugged backdrop. A night-sky is unveiled inside a packing crate. Trickles of blood drip down from where you least expect them. These fancy flourishes are all part of a dreamlike meditation on the myths and transformations of the American West that's both ambitious and ambiguous.
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feral musical Apr 23, 2010

by Anne Blackburn

West is a magic realism of baggage. West is all places and no place at all, inhabited by ghosts and mirages, fever dreams and deep thirst, outsized characters for expansive spaces. West has limpid harmonies, broken surfaces, collisions of rustic myths and digital manifestations, spaces that defy themselves. West is what a musical might be if it were allowed to go feral. About time.

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"Awesome" | <i>West</i> Apr 22, 2010

Did you come see  West? Leave us a comment below if you were wowed, annoyed, moved to drinking, or otherwise affected by the show.
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Previews and more for "Awesome" Apr 22, 2010

Here's what some publications around Seattle are saying about West: "Prepare yourself for seductive tunes with rich harmonies (you can sample three on On the Boards' Web site) and a healthy dose of frontier surrealism." - Seattle Times ""Awesome," the seven-piece theater/art-rock/garage band that, over the past five years, has threatened to redefine the A
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"Awesome"'s set arrives Apr 19, 2010

set load in [OtB technical director Rich gets ready to go up in the genie amidst the "Awesome" set]
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Teen Tix speed dates with "Awesome" Apr 15, 2010

Teen Tix, Seattle's amazing arts access program for teenagers, met 6 of the 7 members of "Awesome last week for a round of speed dating style interviews. We'll link to the interview here when it's posted later today, but in the meantime enjoy their teaser trailer.
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APPLY NOW: The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010-2011 Apr 14, 2010

It’s back! The competition which gives 12 contemporary dance makers the chance to showcase their work to win $10,000 and still has people talking about dance months after the curtain went down will return to OtB in the 10/11 season. The special event, presented with NYC’s The Joyce and generously sponsored by Boeing, was a sold out success in 2009, bringing in new audiences for dance, sending $12,000 into the local dance community and inspiring ongoing dialogue about the performances and the format of the event. Applications are open now through May 11.

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