“Theaters are curious places, magician’s trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage.”
-E.A Bucchianeri from Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
Welcome to Working Class Theatre Northwest’s (WCTNW) official site. As we get under way, it seems only fair to tell you about us and our mission. Grounded in the diverse history of Tacoma, Washington, WCTNW builds community through production of theater that is socially conscious and relevant to the issues of working class people today.
You might be wondering whether this means WCTNW only highlights current political issues. Theater’s supposed to be Shakespeare and boring musicals, right? And it’s super expensive. I mean did you see how much tickets were to the recent production of Broadway’s Wicked in Seattle, or Portland? Could you afford $160 tickets for an evening out?
The simple answer? ABOSLUTELY NOT!! The more complex response begins with: Theater is so much more than Shakespeare and even musicals like Oklahoma! The art of production is an ages old form of human expression. Even more than that movie you just watched or that TV show you’re hooked into, theater is up-close and personal. The next Sean Patrick Thomas could enter the stage two feet from your seat! (Intrigued yet? I hope so.) Modern plays aren’t just about stuffy theaters and long-winded monologues in a language that is harder to understand than modern day slang. It’s about passion; show casing social dynamics that aren’t necessarily mainstream and highlighting the racier side of civilization. Theater is art.
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself standing in front of the movie theater, looking through the options, grumbling at the cost of tickets and muttering how, with a little patience, the same movie might soon be found on my Netflix account. Or I choose to spend an evening at home with my kittens rather than go out and take in the exciting night life, because I can’t afford it. At WCTNW, we aim to bring you high quality entertainment without emptying your wallet of its hard earned cash.
Like us on Facebook at “Working Class Theatre Northwest.” As they say at the Portland Opera: “Nights of passion, no regrets in the morning.”
(Originally posted by Silva Goetz, November 7, 2013)