Production History

The MASTER & MARGARITA adapted from Mikhail Bulgakov, directed by Rachel S. Katz. Music by Brent Arnold. Re-examined and re-calibrated for this current worldshape. Seattle Fall 2018, touring '19-20.
THE FEVER by Wallace Shawn, directed by M. Burke Walker. The Salon and Unconventional Space Tour 2016-2019 Parks, living rooms, bookstores, bars, lobbies, libraries, high school classrooms, ranches, community centers... wherever people can have a conversation, this portable performance can be there.
The Gulliver Project - created in collaboration with students from Roosevelt High School, Fall 2016  - A satire with teens written by teens from a Liliputians POV. A site-specific immersive event that roamed the high school, and reflected politics, pop culture and Swift's book.
THE IDES OF UNDEAD MARCH: The Death of Brian, part 2  written and performed by Ricky Coates, directed by K. Brian Neel. Know Theatre, (Cincinnatti), West of Lenin,(Seattle), Edmonton Fringe, Bumbershoot TPS Stage, and the Cheyenne ZombieFest
TILT ANGEL written by Dan Dietz, directed by Andrew Litzky. designed by Doris Black (costumes) Tim Wratten (lighting), Ryan Gelskey (sets/props), Dave Crowther (digital). Music composed and performed by Michael James Adams. At West of Lenin, Seattle  May 2015
A ZOMBIE ODYSSEY: The Death of Brian, part 1 written and performed by Ricky Coates, directed by K. Brian Neel. Sound design by Dan Yost.
Orlando Fringe, Edmonds Community College, Minnesota Fringe, Edmonton Fringe, Bumbershoot TPS Stage, Cheyenne ZombieFest, Boulder Fringe, Winnipeg Fringe, Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, Razor's Edge(New Orleans),
Know Theatre, (Cincinnatti)
The ADVENTURES of OWL & PUSSYCAT supported by 4Culture, adapted from the Edward Lear poem, written by Elaine Avila, Vince Delaney and the ensemble, original music by Bill Clark, Arlina Avila-Clark. Giant puppets by Gavin Cummins. Premiered at the Orlando KidsFringe at Mennello Museum, Orlando, FL. Carl S English Botanical Gardens at the Ballard Locks (Army Corps of Engineers), Auburn Farmer's Market, Mill Canyon Earthworks, Kent, WA and Westcrest Park, and BUMBERSHOOT and YoungerShoot, Seattle.
OWL & PUSSYCAT supported by 4Culture, adapted from the Edward Lear poem, written by Elaine Avila, Vince Delaney and the ensemble, original music by Bill Clark, Arlina Avila-Clark and Angie Doctor Premiered in-theater 2012 Seattle Fringe. Orlando Fringe, Kirkland Performance Center and Bumbershoot.
WONDERLAND: Alice Adventures supported by 4Culture and the Site-Specific Performance Network. Created and written by Llysa Holland and the ensemble, from the writings of Charles Dodgson. WORLD PREMIERE SUMMER 2011
THIS IS A PLAY by Daniel MacIvor directed by Monique Kleinhans. Adelaide Fringe Festival; Canberra, AU
THE SNOW QUEEN (revised) directed by Rachel Katz Carey. Seattle, Canada and the US and Australia (ʼ09-2010)
GERDAʼS JOURNEY created for the Site-Specific Performance Network, directed by Rachel Katz Carey and Monique Kleinhans. Devised and performed in Kent, Ballard and Duvall, Washington and at Bumbershoot 2009, and Australia 2010
PARK BENCH World Premiere - Adelaide 2007, + podcast . Directed by Llysa Holland. Various locales in England, Australia, Seattle and Arizona. March 2007-present
CARAVAN CHRONICLES a family reunion disguised as a free public art event. Presented by the Adelaide Fringe. (US project title: Trailer Tales)
MY MUSICALLY COLORED DAYS adapted from Dr Seuss, and conducted by Christian Knapp for the Seattle Symphony
365 Days 365 plays world premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks of week #5 directed by Monique Kleinhans. Various locations in and around the streets of Ballard, Washington
MYTH UNDERSTANDINGS 2006-present WORLD PREMIERE – Adelaide Australia directed by Llysa Holland. Part of the 2006 Youth and Education Program, Adelaide Fringe. Presented at Bumbershoot 2006
THE FEVER by Wallace Shawn, directed by M. Burke Walker. Seattle; Adelaide, AU; Edmonton, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia
TRAILER TALES: Weekend Safari written by the ensemble, directed by K. Brian Neel. King County Parks: Kent, Redmond, Burien and Duvall, Washington; Artists in Residence at the Washington State Cultural Congress 2007; Guest artist/event at 2008 Lincoln Center West Directors Lab, Pasadena Playhouse. SAFARI Trailer by Airstream, 1968
CAMINO REAL by Tennessee Williams, directed by Carys Kresney At Freehold Theatre, Seattle
THREE VIEWINGS by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Rachel Katz Carey. Part of Spoleto Festival - Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Series, Charleston, SC; Hugo House, Seattle
PARROT FEVER (or Lies Iʼve Told in Chat Rooms) by Keri Healey. At Freehold Theater, Seattle; Adelaide Fringe; Singapore Arts Festival - FLIPSIDE
The BIG TIME! written by John Moe, songs by Chris Ballew. At Freehold Theatre, Seattle; Adelaide Fringe Festival; Whidbey island Center for the Arts, Whidbey Island; Kent, Auburn
The CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Susanna Burney. At Freehold Theater, Seattle
52 PICK UP by TJ Dawe and Rita Bozi directed by K. Brian Neel 2001-present
Seattle Fringe Festival - US Premiere; Spoleto Festival - Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Series, Charleston, South Carolina; Seattle, Bumbershoot; Seattle - Union Garage; WA International Fringe Festival - AU Premiere Perth, Western Australia; Adelaide International Fringe Festival; Gold Coast Arts Centre Festival, Queensland, Australia; Singapore Arts Festival – Flipside!, Singapore Adelaide Fringe 2006; Adelaide festival Centre, Urban Myth fundraiser; Mt Baker Theatre, Bellingham; Orlando Fringe festival, Orlando, Florida; Art Station, Stone Mountain Georgia (And a handful of independent dates scattered hither and yon…)

NOTES from UNDERGROUND 3rd production – dir. by Rachel Katz Carey 2002-present. SPOLETO FESTIVAL, Piccolo Theatre Series, Charleston, South Carolina; Edmonton Fringe, Edmonton Alberta; Vancouver Fringe, Vancouver BC; Seattle; Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide, AU
BODY LANGUAGEwritten and performed by Monique Kleinhans, directed by Rachel Katz Carey 2002 Seattle Fringe Festival
KALI & Cookies - written and performed by Llysa Holland, dir. by Andrew Litzky. Seattle Fringe Festival; Edmonton Fringe, Edmonton, Alberta
HUNTING for MOBY DICK dir. by Bill Peters (co-production with Ghostlight Theatre). Seattle; Adelaide Fringe – FRINGE FOREIGN LEGION TOO
HARD TIMES adapted from Dickens and dir. by Bill Peters (co-production with Ghostlight Theatre) Adelaide Fringe, FRINGE FOREIGN LEGION TOO
STRINDBERG(in Paris) adapted from Strindbergʼs writings, dir. by M. Burke Walker, originally toured as Miss Julie in Paris(Sg.) At ON THE BOARDS, Seattle; Perth Festival Fringe, Perth, Western Australia; Adelaide Fringe; CANADIAN FRINGE FESTIVALS: Edmonton, Alberta; Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia
THIS is a PLAY by Daniel MacIvor directed by Monique Kleinhans. Seattle – lunchtime series in cooperation with Unexpected Productions
THE SNOW QUEEN Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen directed by Rachel Katz Carey Ethnic Cultural Theatre, University of Washington
ESCHER'S HANDS by Dawson Nichols, directed by Rachel Katz Carey. CANADIAN FRINGE FESTIVALS -Winnipeg, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Edmonton, Alberta; Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia; ADELAIDE FRINGE – Fringe Foreign Legion - Australia; SPOLETO FESTIVAL, Piccolo Theatre Series, Charleston, South Carolina
Much Ado About Nothing Adapted from Shakespeare by Amy Augustine. Bumbershoot; ADELAIDE FRINGE, Youth and Education Program -Adelaide, AU
Broad Perspective (Memories & Cock Tales) Written & performed by Sarah Rudinoff, directed by Kevin Kent. ADELAIDE FRINGE – Fringe Foreign Legion - Australia
Heart of Darkness adapted from Conrad by James Venturini and Andrew Litzky 1997 Seattle Fringe
The MASTER & MARGARITA adapted from Mikhail Bulgakov, directed by Rachel S. Katz. At the Sand Point Brig (2002), and the Brown Bag Theatre, Seattle; CANADIAN FRINGE FESTIVALS -Winnipeg, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Edmonton, Alberta; Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia; ADELAIDE FRINGE – Fringe Foreign Legion -Adelaide, Australia; SPOLETO FESTIVAL, Piccolo Theatre Series, Charleston, South Carolina; Reed College, Portland, OR
The ELEPHANT'S CHILD  Bumbershoot, Seattle; Orlando Kidsfringe; Victoria Market Childrenʼs Fest, British Columbia, Seattle Public Library system; King County Library System
JUSTICE; A Brutal Comedy by Katherine Schlemmer , dir. by Stepan Simek. Seattle, Adelaide, Australia
MOTHER COURAGE and her CHILDREN by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Laura Downing (co-production with One World Theatre) original
music by Derek Horton Seattle; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Edmonton, Alberta; Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare, directed by Dan Savage (co-production with One World Theatre)
CANADIAN FRINGE Circuit -Winnipeg, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Edmonton, Alberta; Victoria and Vancouver,
British Columbia; Seattle

REFLECTION by Elaine Avila, directed by C. Dianne Manning Seattle Fringe
NOTES From UNDERGROUND 2nd production - directed by Bill Peters Vancouver Fringe, Vancouver, British Columbia: Seattle, Adelaide, AU
NOTES From UNDERGROUND adapted from Dostoevsky by Chris Albus, dir. by Zoe Inman 1992 Seattle Fringe Festival
How I Got That Story by Amlin Gray, directed by Laura Downing Canadian Fringe Festivals -Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia
BEIRUT by Alan Bowne, directed by Deborah Lynn Prosise 1991 Seattle, Vancouver Fringe

VENUES/FESTIVAL CURATION

  • The Live! Performance! MASHUP! in ACT's beautiful Bullitt Theatre, a high-powered showcase served up buffet-style of & of the region's best touring acts! 2014, 2011 and 2009. (curated by Llysa Holland, produced by theater simple)
  • The Canadian Club – co-created and co-produced venue with Canadian artists for the 1996 Adelaide fringe
  • The Foreign Legion – a constellation of North American Artists at the 2000 Adelaide Fringe. Produced, and
  • curated season of seven North American theater artists and two venues. Venue swept all three BEST PLAY AWARDS, including one for a theater simple production, The Master & Margarita. (Another award went to Seattle performer/playwright Dawson Nichols.)
  • The Foreign Legion Too – Adelaide Fringe 2002. 5 North American companies, 8 plays, one venue. theater simple produces, and teaches masterclasses as well as performs adaptations of HARD TIMES and HUNTING FOR MOBY DICK.

ALSO BUILT:

  • The original downstairs theater space at TOWN HALL, Seattle
  • Built a theater in the brig at Sand Point Naval Station for THE MASTER & MARGARITA
  • 5 theater venues in Adelaide Australia
theater simple is a founding member of Theatre Puget Sound (formerly the League of Fringe Theaters), and a member of the Network of Ensemble Theatres, Arts Northwest,  the Western Arts Alliance and Arts MidWest.
theater simple is proud to be a partner artist of the Shunpike.