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The Vashon Loop, p. 14

Loop Arts

Playwright Stefani Priest Premieres Original Scripts by Janice Randall

Longtime Island resident and playwright Stefani Priest will premiere a collection of short original plays, with an all-Island cast, at the Blue Heron Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16, at 8

  • p.

    m. and Sunday, October 17, at 2

  • p.

    m. Priest wrote the pieces for

Between You and Me, Monologues and Scenes during the past 14 years. Several were first performed at the Blue Heron Art Center in 1995.

From funny to thoughtful, Priest artfully presents realistic situations

difficult teenage daughter, a group of long-time friends deal with strong personalities over lunch and an idealistic young woman balancing art and unemployment. Despite the setting, Priests’ scripts capture moments and find the humor in nearly every situation.

“In this delightful cast, I have actors I’ve worked with before, and some I haven’t. It’s a challenge to direct one’s own work, to be objective, and to “let go,” says Priest. Actors include: Susan

McCabe, Michael

Shook,

Kristin

Baron,

Thea

Vernoy, Cynthia Perkins, Lynelle

Sjoberg,

Mark

Schmidt, Deena

Eber,

Janice

Randall,

Kiki

Means,

Haley

Susan McCabe and Michael Shook rehearse for Cell Mates, a humorous piece about a married couple who can’t take a break from the cell phones. Photo by Janice Randall.

Mosteller, Sherene Zolno and Reva Sparkes. Mary Shackelford will stage manage.

Priest received her early training

and dialogue from quirky (and sometimes over the top) yet believable characters. Inspired by observing people Priest says, “I’m interested in how we get what we want/need—how we handle conflict, loss and various dilemmas that impact our lives—how we resolve issues and further our interests…the stuff of life, in other words.”

Monologues and scenes include a high strung mother and her

at Hedgerow Repertory Theatre, and later, with Uta Hagen in NYC. She acted for many years in San Francisco and the Bay Area, and was Executive Director of the S.F. Actors Ensemble for four years where she directed critically acclaimed productions of Pinter, Ibsen and others.

Tickets, $12/$14 are available now at Blue Heron, Heron’s Nest, Books by the Way and brownpapertickets.com.

RedPerl plays Blue Heron Art Center

Musical talent, years of experience and solid friendship have provided the foundation for RedPerl, one of the Island’s most beloved and sought after duos for the last decade. The duo will perform mostly original tunes, from blues and swing to sea shanties and gypsy rhythms, at Blue Heron Art Center Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30 pm.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Daryl Redeker and violinist/ songwriter Sarah Perlman recently chatted about their music and their friendship. The two have met to play music together every week for the last 10 years. They both refer to

by Janice Randall

‘synchronicity’ when it comes to composing and performing.

“The chemistry is what makes the magic,” says Redeker. “I’ve worked with a lot of great people, but it’s not the same as working with Sarah. We’ve gone through some hard stuff too. We’re at ease with other and I believe that shows in our music.” They refer to their long- standing musical partnership as their driving force and say the longevity has grown their relationship to an intimate, graceful musical maturity they both enjoy greatly. “We are all about allowing ourselves to be vulnerable; it’s scary

Photo by Sandy Burns.

but good,” says Perlman. “It takes us deeper.” Redeker adds, “We like to get into the audience’s heart and souls.” RedPerl will include new music and old favorites for the one night only show. Both musicians have

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delved into more swing and blues recently. They each write songs; sometimes one composes the tune, the other writes lyrics. Redeker and Perlman both teach from their studios and as a duo, they are available to perform weddings and other private functions.

RedPerl tickets ($14/$16) are

available online brownpapertickets.com,

at Blue

Heron, Books by the Way and Heron’s Nest. Call 463.5131 to purchase by phone. “Every time you go to the Heron you’re supporting the arts and artists,” reminds Perlman.

October 2, ‘09

Or, for show times and info, check www.vashontheater.com

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Going Green! The VHS Cap and Gown Re-use Program

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The idea is that the lives of these caps, tassels and gowns will be extended for more than just one day. The project makes for a simple yet effective means of maintaining, storing, distributing and collecting graduation attire for future use. In addition to saving the cost of $55.00 per set (includes shipping and handling fees), the program allows the students to have an integral part in re-use; an opportunity for them to pass forward their graduation attire for a younger student to take pride in wearing it for their special day.

If any former VHS students have caps, gowns and tassels that they would like to donate to this effort, they are encouraged to drop them off at the VHS career center or at Vashon Bookshop as soon as possible.

For more information or to volunteer with this project please contact Barbara Gustafson at 463- 1638.

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