Whatcom Events Calendar

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Jun
20
Thu
BRISEIS | Free Outdoor Theater! @ Maritime Heritage Park
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm
BRISEIS | Free Outdoor Theater! @ Maritime Heritage Park

FREE THEATER IN MARITIME HERITAGE PARK!

BRISEIS is an original play written by Sylvia Center Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao, based on stories in The Iliad.

First mounted at iDiOM Theater back in 2012, this quirky black comedy tells the story of the last days of the Trojan War through the eyes of captive war-bride, Briseis.

The show is generally suitable for all ages (but does contain some mild cursing, descriptions of violence, and features at least one comical beating with a loaf of bread).

PERFORMANCE DETAILS:
Performances: June 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, July 5 & 6
Venue: Maritime Heritage Park
Admission: FREE TO ALL
Running time: 100 minutes

ABOUT THE SUMMER REP:
BRISEIS is part of Sylvia Center’s 2019 Summer Rep, an ambitious mini-season of five plays based on the mythology of Ancient Greece, presented in contemporary versions that are funny, surprising, and unexpected:

* BRISEIS by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao
* Sophocles’ AJAX
* Aristophanes’ THE BIRDS (Maritime Heritage Park)
* a new telling of Homer’s ODYSSEY (Sylvia Center for the Arts), and
* AN ILIAD by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare (Maritime Heritage Park)

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Jun
27
Thu
OPENING RECEPTION: 2019 Summer Rep @ Sylvia Center for the Arts
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm
OPENING RECEPTION: 2019 Summer Rep @ Sylvia Center for the Arts

ABOUT THE SUMMER REP
Sylvia Center’s 2019 Summer Rep is an ambitious mini-season of five plays based on the plays of Ancient Greece, presented in contemporary versions that are funny, surprising, and unexpected.

Two ticketed “Main Stage” productions indoors support and make possible three FREE outdoors productions in Maritime Heritage Park:

* BRISEIS by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao (Maritime Heritage Park)
* Sophocles’ AJAX (Sylvia Center for the Arts)
* Aristophanes’ THE BIRDS (Maritime Heritage Park)
* a new telling of Homer’s ODYSSEY (Sylvia Center for the Arts), and
* AN ILIAD by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare (Maritime Heritage Park).

ABOUT THE RECEPTION
Sylvia Center’s 2019 Summer Rep is supported in part by an opening reception held on Thursday, June 27 before and after the opening performance of AJAX, featuring live music from local musician Madeline McNeill, complimentary pre-show champagne and post-show small plates from Mediterranean Specialities and gelato from Sirena in Fairhaven, in celebration of all five shows in the Summer Rep and the 50-plus actors and creative staff bringing them to life!

ABOUT AJAX
At the end of the Trojan War, the great warrior Ajax has been driven wild at the hands of his enemies, and as a result, begins to self-destruct. The more seasoned warrior Odysseus is awarded a prize Ajax feels is his own by right, and in a haze of jealousy and rage (and a little goddess-induced delusion), Ajax commits a desperate and terrible act of vengeance.

AJAX tells the story of a man who makes a dangerous choice, and then asks us whether the honor we give to the dead is blind. This play has us process the consequences of war in a very real way, a way that makes us forget that the original script was written in 2,500 years ago. Translator Doerries set out to show the “unvarnished truth” about which Sophocles wrote, depicting the devastating impact of Ajax’s actions upon his wife, son, brother, troops, and chain of command, and implicitly asking the question “how do we reintegrate our soldiers—and ourselves—into a healthier society?”

iDiOM’s production of Ajax includes a male chorus and live musical accompaniment by Bill Anker, Bellingham drummer extraordinaire (known for his time in local bands including Black Beast Revival and The Whiskey Wailers).

AJAX, written by the Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, has been performed for centuries, each iteration of the play a reflection of the times in which it runs.

Theatre of War’s Bryan Doerries wrote this new translation in 2015 as a contemporary take on war and the consequences of the choices we make. This iDiOM production will be the first of two indoor shows running this summer at Sylvia Center for the Arts, with proceeds supporting three FREE outdoor shows in Maritime Heritage Park.

DETAILS:
Reception Date/Time: Thursday, June 27, 6:30pm (show at 7:30pm)
Venue: Lucas Hicks Theater at Sylvia Center for the Arts
Admission: $25 General, $20 Sylvia Center Members, FREE for iDiOM 2019/20 Season Passholders
Running time: 80 minutes

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Jun
30
Sun
K2K Race @ Kulshan Brewery (K2)
Jun 30 all-day
K2K Race @ Kulshan Brewery (K2)

Join us for the 5th Annual ‘Merica-themed K2K Race on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm! K2K will feature a Mile and a 5k race! Each will start at Kulshan Brewery (K2) on Kentucky Street and will end at Kulshan Brewery on James Street! With live music, food trucks, prizes for 1st-3rd place M & F in the Mile & 5k, as well as numerous raffle prizes, a costume contest, and a beer garden, you are guaranteed to have a good time! So grab your friends, your family and all your red, white and blue, and celebrate with us!

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