RENT: The Musical (Uncensored) at Garfield High School

Garfield High School is proud to present Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking rock-opera Rent. Set in New York City during the HIV crisis of the 1990s, Rent follows a year in the lives of Alphabet City’s bohemian residents as they struggle with issues of AIDS, sexuality, homelessness, and economic hardship. Although Rent deals with weighty and often controversial subject matter, its overall message is one of love, hope, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Garfield will be the first high school in Washington to perform Rent as it was originally intended, in its full and uncensored form. GHS students are known for their history of challenging widely held beliefs and opening up discussions in response to contemporary issues prevalent within our society. Students are involved in every aspect of the production, from the choreography to the pit orchestra to the set and costume designers. We invite you to come experience the culmination of their efforts at one of the many performances taking place in May. 

Dates: May 20, 21, 22, and May 27, 28, 29, 30

Time: All Shows 7PM

Location: Quincy Jones Performance Center, 400 23rd Ave, Seattle

Cost: $15 adults, $10 seniors/students – Purchase and print your advance tickets at home through

Parental Guidance Advised for Children Under 13

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Chaos Theory opens Friday at the Annex

Chaos Theory opens Friday at the Annex

Maybe Courtney Meaker writes plays about the end of the world because she grew up in small-town Tennessee and had to hang out with a lot of people who didn’t hate homosexual people, they just hated homosexuality. In a conversation with CHS, Meaker says that she majored in creative writing and theater, but had never written a play before coming to Seattle. Continue reading

Capitol Hill ensemble’s latest acting challenge: Stand on stage by yourself while channeling a 16-year-old

Detzer (Image: WET)

Detzer (Image: WET)

The next play up at Capitol Hill’s Washington Ensemble Theatre is The Edge of Our Bodies by Adam Rapp. It will perform from March 28 to April 14, a relatively short run, but as usual with WET, there are Monday evening performances you can attend.

This play is a one-character show and focuses on a 16-year-old girl, Bernadette, as she boards a train to New York City to see her boyfriend. Samie Detzer is the performer and CHS spoke to her about her journey to becoming Bernadette.

“The narration of this incredibly smart and honest sixteen year old is very intriguing to me,” Detzer said. “We don’t often give young women the chance to tell their story with such clarity. There’s also something about the idea of one performer in a space telling a story that is very exciting to me.” Continue reading