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SUMMER 2014: Quick Hits!
  • theater simple at BUMBERSHOOT! OWL & PUSSYCAT (9/1 @ 2p) and DEATH OF BRIAN (8/30 @ 5:15p & 8/31 @ 2p) play during the madcap crush of Seattle's Art Festival at Seattle Center!!!

  • Sept 3rd & 4th: THE LIVE! THEATER! MASHUP! A Showcase of Pacific NW Acts!! Curated by theater simple for the Western Arts Conference, SEE seven acts per night of INGENIOUSLY GENRE-DEFYING ARTISTRY at ACT Theatre. GET TICKETS!

  • Make-A-Wish and theater simple: Sept 11th marks the 3 year anniversary of ROBIN'S WISH TO GO TO WONDERLAND (Photo's/Story & Video...grab a hanky) and our amazing relationship with Make A Wish. The following year, theater simple produced COLBY'S WISH TO BE A SECRET AGENT (Video) for another incredible Wish Kid. Have a look at these stories, and we Ice-Bucket-Challenge you to get involved!!

  • Fresh from acclaimed runs in Minneapolis and Canada, theater simple's newest show continues it's North American Tour! THE DEATH OF BRIAN (a Zombie Odyssey) plays BUMBERSHOOT (8/30 & 31) and travels to the Boulder Fringe Festival, CO September 17-28th. SEE BELOW or Check out "the Official DofB Show Page

  • Have a look at super-fun Video from our park escapade, ADVENTURES OF OWL & PUSSYCAT, our little roving spectacle.

  • Check out the most recent NEWSLETTER (8/26/2014) - all the news you need to know!

Currently On-Tour, Summer 2014

Written and performed by Ricky Coates

Directed by K Brian Neel

BUMBERSHOOT, SEATTLE (8/30 @ 5:15p & 8/31 @ 2p)

BOULDER FRINGE, CO September 17-28th

theater simple's award-winning one-man zombie show, on a three-month tour!

FOLLOW Brian S.'s epic journey to reunite with his living wife after his 'demise'. It's got all the fights, sex, gore, and nerd references you CRAVE.

WITNESS cringe-worthy gross-outs, blood, brains, plus many other fave zombie tropes, philosophies and LAUGHS.

    CHECK OUT the Official DofB Show Page!

    "BRIAN" across North America 2014!!!!


    This risky, highly-physical show serves up humor, horror, and humanity-examining philosophy at Festivals across the Continent!

    NEW PODCAST: theater simple in England

    Listen at

    JUST RELEASED: a special PARK BENCH from our recent work in DEVON ENGLAND.

    PARK BENCH is our award-winning podcast series, and for the past 7 years and 31 episodes has been a whimsical mobile interview outpost with a serious agenda. But, with Episode #32, we leave the Park Bench at home and turn our attention, and the microphone on ourselves, our art, and some people who have inspired us for years.

theater simple was pleased and excited to have received a travel grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters to support a trip to visit Devon and London - where we got to consult, play and plot with our friends from Multi Story, Gill Nathanson and Bill Buffery. We also had the delight of watching a rehearsal and collaboration session for a new work with Kath Burlinson and Juliette Jeanclaude and the Authentic Artist Collective in London. Gill and Bill are also the producers of the Barnstaple Fringe in North Devon which just finished at the end of June. It looks pretty fun.

Catching Up with theater simple 2013-14


    at BUMBERSHOOT 2013, Aug 31-Sept 2

    at the KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER, Dec 28-29, Jan 16

    Physical, funny and punny, this four actor ricochet off the Edward Lear poem brought down the house for three shows each this fall & winter.

Jul 28-Sept 8, 2013

The Adventures of OWL & PUSSYCAT

SO MANY the scores of audience members who came to the parks last summer!!!!!! Our FIFTH theatrical park adventure created for parks and gardens in King County was a SMASH and a BLAST

Have a look at NEW VIDEO from Summer 2013's ADVENTURES OF OWL & PUSSYCAT . Some dreamy Ballard Locks footage of our little outdoor roving spectacle

May 2, 2013: Gun Control Theatre Action
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at the West Of Lenin Performance Space in Seattle theater simple was part of a national series of readings of plays written around the subject of gun control. Instigated and curated by Cardidad Svich and NoPassport, our reading came right after a reading in NYC at New Dramatists and just before an international week of presentations. These plays, from writers around the country and the world, are intended to be part of a larger conversation.
Many thanks to Director, Rob West, Caridad Svich, AJ Epstein, Liza Comtois and West of Lenin.
cast: Mark Fullerton, Llysa Holland, Jodie Knowles, Andrew Litzky, Joseph P McCarthy,and Nikki Visel.
playwrights: Elaine Avila, Alex Broun, Gab Cody, Amina Henry, Zac Kline, Neil LaBute, Jennifer Maisel, Lynn Manning, Winter Miller, August Schulenburg, Caridad Svich, and Gary Winter.

May 16-27, 2013: Owl & Pussycat at the Orlando International Fringe Festival
Performing both indoors and outdoors, in theaters and in school, theater simple had an action-packed ten days at the oldest and largest Fringe Festival in America. It was our fourth Orlando appearance dating back to 1994(!) at a festival that has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 10 years. Hardworking Simpletons Llysa Holland, Andrew Litzky, Lissa Bak and Ricky Coates delighted audiences & critics alike with this re-worked version of the 2012 Seattle Fringe debut.
"Clever - the cast has us rooting for O&P. Can these two crazy critters work things out?" -Orlando Sentinel

theater simple and Make A Wish: An Amazing 2 Years
Last March, the Make-A-Wish Foundation produced this AWESOME 6 Minute Video for their annual Gala Fundraiser, spotlighting theater simple's 28 hour Wish-Experience for Colby, who wished to be a Secret Agent!
Over the last 12 months the company has created a very special relationship with the NW Chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation, with reverberations both locally and nationally!
Again, Llysa Holland concieves and produces while company co-founder, Andrew Litzky, took on the role of Wish Insider. Culminting in a Helicopter & Speedboat chase, the wish spanned 7 locations and 24 hours. Take a look at the "Summer 2012" entry above to see incredible Local and National News video about Colby's Wish To Be A Secret Agent.
In September 2011, theater simple culminated months of work recruiting Nordstrom, The Space Needle and The Bloedel Reserve, as company co-founder, Llysa Holland, met a 10 year girl named Robin at her South Seattle door. Her wish was to go to Wonderland; thus began a 28 hour adventure with our characters from Wonderland: Alice Adventures.
At the 2012 Make A Wish Gala Fundraiser in March, this AMAZING video about the wish was premiered, helping the organization raise over $ 1.2 million to continue their work. Nationally, Make A Wish spotlit Robin's wish in their nationwide newsletter.
In July 2012 the National Make A Wish Foundation used ONLY images and stories from Robin's Wish to create their gorgeous Annual Report Portfolio.

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