Arouet Announces 2014/2015 Season

Featuring a world premiere, a regional premiere, and an American classic.

Seattle, WA – Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign, we are proud to announce our first three-show season. Staying true to our mission, we celebrate the human experience by looking at and celebrating life choices, forgiveness, and spotlight the damage caused by rumors.

“We are so excited to be able to plan in advance,” said Roy Arauz, Arouet’s Artistic Director. “Up until now, we have been producing one show at a time, and while we have presented more than play per year, it’s exciting to be able to plan ahead as well as invite new directors and production artists to be a part of the company. As we focus on emerging talent, it’s exciting to welcome directors that worked with us as actors in the past: Zandi Carlson was in one of our first productions, “The Gene Pool” and Daniel Wood was seen in last year’s “The Temperamentals.” And by popular demand we are including a comedy in this season’s mix.”

Arouet 2014/2015 Season

The Fierce Urgency of Now by Doug DeVita (World Premiere)

November 7-22, 2014
The DownStage Theatre (aka Stone Soup Theatre)
Directed by Roy Arauz

In the fast-paced world of advertising, where priorities are skewed, everything is needed yesterday, and relationships are on constantly shifting ground, the young art director Kyle finds an unexpected ally in the much older Dodo, a copywriter who’s been in the business since the “Mad Men” era. THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW is a comedy about love, loss, and how to take off and soar after landing a plane in a cornfield.

The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson (U.S. Premiere)

February 27-March 14, 2015
Eclectic Theater
Directed by Zandi Carlson

In the aftermath of Danny’s pointless murder, his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. A hearbreaking journey to forgiveness, this topical play digs deeper than the headlines. Stephenson spent many hours talking with victims and perpertrators of violent crime, visiting prisons and collaborating with the Forgiveness Project, a charity working in the fields of reconciliation and restorative justice. The result is an astonishingly ran and affecting play intent on opening the hearts and minds without ever becoming preachy. (source:

The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman

May 2015
The Ballard Underground
Directed by Daniel Wood

A serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.

Thank you!

The 2014/2015 Season was made possible thanks to the generous contributors to our 2013 Big Ask Indiegogo campaign.

Arouet’s 2013 Big Ask

We only ask for money once a year. It’s that time of year.

Over the last three years, we have been growing — both as artists as well as our reach. Our audience has grown exponentially since our first production, and now it’s time for us to take the next step in our development.

Up until now, we have been producing one show at a time, with one production paying for the next in addition to our annual fundraiser. There is so much we want to bring to you, that our next goal is to produce a season of three full-length plays.

Although we have the resources to bring “Don Juan in Chicago” to the Seattle stage, your tax-deductible gift by December 24th will help us finalize our plans for the season, including securing venues and production rights. Once venues and production rights are secured we will be ready to announce the season.

Donate Now at

Goal 1

Once we unlock our first goal of $2,000, we can guarantee a three show season.

Goal 2

Once we unlock our second goal of $3,000, we can guarantee a free show for all audiences at Arts Crush 2014.

Goal 3

To Be Announced when we have completed the first goal.

On behalf of everyone at Arouet, thank you in advance for your generosity,

Roy Arauz
Producing Artistic Director

The Devil’s In The Details

We are happy to announce Arouet’s Spring 2014 presentation of David Ives’ Don Juan in Chicago, directed by Seattle newcomer Joshua Jon.

In Don Juan in Chicago — a reworking of the Don Juan and Faust tales — Don Juan is a handsome, rich, sexually naive nobleman in sixteenth-century Spain, more interested in finding the meaning of life through books and alchemy than in women. Afraid he won’t have time to find it, Don Juan calls up the Devil and cuts a deal that grants him immortality—as long as Don Juan seduces a different woman every day. In Chicago 400 years later he grapples with the sexual mores of contemporary urban America as he makes the choice between love and eternal life.

“David Ives’ new play “Don Juan in Chicago”… is fantastically quirky and clever.” — BackStage.

“In “Don Juan in Chicago”, Ives’s ear for crackpot coinages… and mischievous off-key rhymes… is as good as ever”. — The New Yorker.

“Ives has a lively wit… an original mind, and a neatly topsy-turvy way with life’s little realities… [“Don Juan in Chicago”] is a brashly funny way to spend a couple of hours.” — NY Post.

The cast and crew of Don Juan in Chicago will be announced at a later date.

Performance dates: May 16-31, 2014

Performance location: The Ballard Underground, 2220 NW Market Street, Seattle

More information will be forthcoming!

I look forward to sharing more information with you as opening approaches!

Roy Arauz,
Arouet Creative Director

Cast And Crew Of “The Brick and the Rose”

Dylan Zucati (Tommy)

Dylan ZucatiDylan is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful cast. He’s already played two Tommy’s in the past (Music Man Project, 5th Avenue Theatre; Tommy, Burien Little Theatre) so he feels that by the name alone, he’s very suited for this role. Some of his other past roles have included Jason in Rabbit Hole (Theater Verity), Willard in Footloose (Auburn Community Players), and Hansy in Spring Awakening (Local Jewel Theater). He’s not certain what show will be coming next but whatever it is he knows it’ll be a blast. Dylan is currently a freshman at Seattle University studying Theater and Creative Writing. He’d like to thank his family and friends for being such great supporters for his art and dealing with the drama that comes with theater. Enjoy the show and DFTBA.

Addie Keller (The Voice)

Addie Keller 75x108Addie is thrilled to be working with Arouet again this season and is looking forward to sharing her passion amongst this wonderfully talented cast and crew. This past year she had the pleasure of being in Lawfully Wedded, A Christmas Carol at Auburn Ave Theatre and created an original work with her company Mirum Mirum Productions, (dis)Order. She hopes you enjoy the show and as always, thanks to her mother, father and sister for their continual support in her artistic endeavors.

Rebekah Boroughs (Young girl, Prostitute, others)

Rebekah 75x108Rebekah grew up in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and is thrilled to perform with Arouet this Arts Crush! You may have seen her as the Sea Monster Tentacle (er, Assistant Stage Manager) in Pork Filled Production’s The Clockwork Professor by Maggie Lee, directed by Amy Poisson at Theatre Off Jackson this July. Rebekah loves to pick a tomato off the vine and make a sandwich with it while it’s still warm from the sun. (have picture)

Randall Brammer (Sandy Donahue, others)

Randall-Brammer 75x108Randall most recently finished playing Lawrence Howell in The Clockwork Professor by Maggie Lee this Summer. Before coming to Seattle, he received his Master’s in Devised Performance at the University of Winchester in England. In North Carolina Randall worked at Snowcamp Outdoor Theatre where he performed as George Vestal in Pathway to Freedom, Thomas Hadley in The Sword of Peace and was double cast as Cosmo Brown and Roscoe Dexter in Singing in the Rain. He is very grateful to be a part of this show with such great people.

Ana Maria Campoy (Mother, Mrs. Donahue, others)

Ana Maria Campoy 75x108Ana moved to Seattle in fall 2010 to participate in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Professional Arts Training Program as the Education Intern. She continues to work and advocate for arts education as a teaching artist for SRT’s Education Department and at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she works as the Community Education Programs Assistant. As an actor, she has worked with eSe teatro, Stone Soup Theatre, and quiet Productions. Some of her favorite roles include Georgia in First Born in Seattle’s 2012 Fringe Festival and Abbey in Duane Kelly’s Rousseau and Hobbes at ACT’s Central Heating Lab. Most recently, Ana Maria has been seen as Sophie in Pork Filled Productions’ The Clockwork Professor, directed by Amy Poisson. Look for her in Gifts (of War) as Nemesis directed by Gin Hammond and Melissa Topscher in 2014. Thank you Arouet, for the chance to work on this wonderful play.

Alyssa Kay (Alice, others)

Alyssa Kay 75x108Alyssa is delighted to be making her debut with Arouet. Her most recent past shows include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GreenStage), Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol (Taproot Theatre), and Disco Pigs (Sound Theatre Company). A native of Seattle, Alyssa has worked with numerous local companies over the years, including Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Opera, Live Girls!, Ghost Light Theatricals, Women Seeking…, and Centerstage. She has also appeared in various local films, including the feature film “Shadowed” and the recently filmed summer beach movie “Mondo Beacho”. She is a certified actor combatant with the SAFD, earned her BA in Drama from the University of Washington, and also trained at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Love to her Fox.

Paul Richter (Gimp, others)

paulrichter_75x108Paul graduated from PLU with a BFA in Theatre. He can currently be seen in monthly performances with the Tacoma-based Improvised Theatre troupe Muh Grog Zoo.

Dylan Smith (Freddy the Fox, others)

Dylan Smith_75x108Dylan couldn’t be happier to work with friends and associates alike on this project. Past roles include The Duke of Orleans and the Governor of Harfleur in Henry V (Wooden O) Prince Owain in Sleeping Beauty (Second Story Rep) and he can also be seen as Brian Trekker in the local web series Look Up in The Sky. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support and hopes you enjoy the show.

Dylan Twiner (Al, others)

dylantwiner_75x108Dylan has been chasing the theatre dream all over the Puget Sound, recently appearing as Kipps in The Woman in Black and Ophelia in Hamlet. He wants to thank you for supporting local artists and live theatre.

Mahria Zook (Tony, others)

MahriaZookMahria is very excited to be working with Arouet for the first time. She has most recently appeared as The Aunt (and Ensemble) in The Hairy Ape (Ghost Light Theatricals), Adolph Hitler (Ghost Lite Presents: Late Night With Lucifer), multiple roles with the pantomiming group Troupe Comique, and is currently shooting the Web Series House of Glass, as Maggie. Mahria would like to thank you all for coming out and supporting live theatre, her family, friends, fellow artists, and the lovely city of Seattle, for endlessly nurturing and supporting her journey.


Dani Dodge (Director)

DaniDodge_75x108Dani hails from Kirkland and is a graduate from Washington State University. She is always looking for a challenge and feels the Emerald City is the place to find it. Adjacent to her theatre activity, Dani is an artist and enjoys painting. The Brick and the Rose is the second production Dani has worked on with Arouet and she is overwhelmed by this unique opportunity to share Tommy’s story.

John Epperson (Sound Design)

John 75x108John Epperson is a recording artist whose work has appeared on dozens of albums and compilations as well as television, film and video games. In addition to writing and producing original music, Epperson designs sound for theatre. He has previously worked with Arouet, ArtsWest, Driftwood Players, Latino Theatre Projects, Redwood Theatre and Theatre 9/12. John will next tackle the sound design for Rope at Ghostlight Theatricals and Noel Coward Duo at Stone Soup Theatre.

Renee Cyr Johnson (Stage Manager)

Renee is thrilled to be working with Arouet again. She most recently staged managed Little Women The Musical at Second Story Repertory. Other favorite stage managing credits include The Hen Night Epiphany, Music Man, Murder on the Nile, and Harvey. Renee also works as a teaching artist. She has worked at Taproot, Stone Soup, Greenstage, and Centerstage. She would like to thank all of you for supporting local theatre.

Alison Owen (Costume Design)

AlisonOwen_75x108Alison is a Washington-based costume designer with a BFA in Apparel Design from Washington State University. She has designed and created costumes for Play it Again, Sam and Melancholy Play. She has also worked as an assistant designer on several shows including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Alice in Wonderland. Alison plans to attend graduate school in order to receive a MFA in Costume Design.

Cast and Crew of “The Temperamentals”

Daniel Wood (Harry Hay)

Daniel WoodDaniel is so excited to be debuting with Arouet. As an ardent supporter of and advocate for LGBTQ rights he is especially delighted to be debuting in this play, a play that touches him personally and has sparked a continued interest in the history and development of the gay civil rights movement. Some of Daniel’s favorite roles around town include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (SecondStory Rep), the title role in The American Pilot (Theater Schmeater), Stephano in The Tempest (GreenStage), John Alex in the world premier of Of Dice and Men (Critical Threat Theater @ PAX) and multiple roles in the Seattle Times Footlight Award winning production of Edmond (Balagan Theatre). You may have also seen him perform with Book-It Rep, Seattle Public Theater, Wooden O, Annex Theatre, Centerstage, Sound Theatre Company, Harlequin Productions, the Schoolyard and the Seattle Opera. Much love to his beautiful wife and strongest supporter Julia Evanovich. He would like to take this time to express his extreme pleasure that his gay brothers and sisters can now enjoy the same joys of marriage that he does. Love and equality for all!

Jaryl Draper (Rudi Gernreich)

Jaryl DraperThis is Jaryl’s first show with Arouet. He is thrilled to take part in this production of The Temperamentals, and feels very lucky to join this incredible cast. Around town he has worked with such theaters as Book-It Repertory, Stone Soup Theatre, Greenstage, Harlequin Productions, Women Seeking…, Pacific Play Company, Seattle Playwrights Collective, Woodinville Repertory, UPAC, and Eclectic Theatre Company. He received his B.A. in perfomance at Central Washington University in 2009 and has hopes for Graduate school in the near future. Some of his favorite roles include Bill in Sure Thing, Sherwin in The Lifeboat is Sinking, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Uncle Peck in Stone Soup Thatre’s production of How I Learned to Drive, for which he received a 2011 Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in performance by a lead actor.

Greg Bee (Chuck Rowland and others)

Greg BeeGreg is a writer, actor and nationally recognized performance poet who lives in Seattle. He has written and performed poetry at Poetry Slams across North America for more than 10 years, and was a contributing writer on Arouet’s 2012 production of Lawfully Wedded in Seattle.

Will Halsey (Bob Hull and others)

Will HalseyWill is thrilled to make his Arouet debut in The Temperamentals with this wonderful cast and crew. Will grew up in Missouri, way too shy and closeted to perform. During the past 10 years in Seattle, he’s been trying to make up for lost time with local companies, including The Village Theatre, Puget Sound Opera, Book-It Repertory, Driftwood Players, the Seattle Men’s Chorus, and the former Northwest Actor’s Studio. Favorite roles include Joshua in Corpus Christi, Mitch in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Brian in Party, and Toby (the mute), in Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera, The Medium. Will’s formal training is in music – trumpet performance and conducting. Much gratitude to Roy for this opportunity, to the men portrayed here for their world-shifting strength and conviction, and Charlie – for your love and acceptance of me in all my temperamental-ness.

Justin Ison (Dale Jennings and others)

Justin IsonJustin is an artist who has worked in illustration, animation, comic books, graphic design, and of course, theater, as well as less-successful forays into sculpture, music, and stand-up comedy. You may have seen Justin on stage in 2012 as Judge Littlefield in Ghost Light Theatricals’ production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, or playing guitar in the house band for Scapin, or as straight-laced Detective Ed Shepard in LAPDSMU, produced for the Seattle Fringe Festival. In January 2013, Justin will be making his directorial debut with The Rest Is Silence (which he co-wrote with Stephen Scheide), an absurdist comedy exploring the relationship between Hamlet, Horatio, and reality television. He also has a website, which you can see here.

Roy Arauz (Director)

Roy ArauzRoy is very excited to bring The Temperamentals for the first time to the Northwest stage, and for the chance to work with his first all-male cast. With a background dance, choreography, and stage management, he now directs around the Puget Sound and is Artistic Director at Arouet. Locally he has worked in various capacities at ArtsWest, The Driftwood Players, Redwood Theatre, SecondStory Repertory Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, Studio East, and Valley Community Players. Recent directing credits: The Hen Night Epiphany (a The Driftwood Players’ TIP/Arouet collaboration), The Music Man (The Driftwood Players), and Anna in The Tropics (Latino Theatre Projects.)

Mariajose Barrera (Production Manager)

Mariajose BarreraI am a Guatemalan born and raised, have lived permanently in the U.S.A. for 12 years, a business manager and owner who came into theater by chance, when given the opportunity to write and perform a short monologue for the 2011 Latino Community fund.

John Epperson (Sound Design)

John Epperson, SeattleJohn is a recording artist. His work appears on many albums, compilations and DVDs as well as television, film and video games. When not making weird noises with synthesizers, Epperson designs sound for theatre. He has previously worked with Arouet, ArtsWest, Driftwood Players, Latino Theatre Projects, Redwood Theatre and Theatre 9/12. John has a website.

Keith A. Gehrig (Lighting Design)

Keith A. GehrigKeith is a 20 year veteran of theater in the Puget Sound area. He has designed lighting for Evergreen Theatre, Civic Light Opera (now Seattle Musical Theatre), Driftwood Players, Tacoma Little Theater, Northwest Savoyards, Seattle Comic Opera, and Gaydar Productions. Also a scenic designer, master electrician, actor and playwright, his day job is running the front office for The Driftwood Players in Edmonds. When not in a theater, he spends his time with his two “guys”, Chazz and Dave.

Dani Dodge (Stage Manager)

Dani DodgeDani has been in Seattle since October and is loving it. She last Stage Managed Ghost Light theatricals Hamlet, and will be working on Props for Theater Schmeater’s Game Show. She is a legal assistant by day, Theatre enthusiast by night, and an artist on the weekends.

Kim Rosin
 (Set Design)

Kim Rosin, Set Designer, VancouverKim’s path to set design has meandered through several creative jobs in the architecture and interior design fields, with a start in her working life at Sotheby’s in Johannesburg and London, all of which provided valuable influences to her work. She has also designed her own fabrics and line of products, manufactured locally under the label: Kimthings. She has a degree in Fine Art and Art History from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and studied Textile Design at Central St Martin’s College of Art in London.

In 2012 she designed and painted the sets for Timepieces, The House of Bernarda Alba and Woman in the Wall. She has also designed sets for productions of Snakes and Ladders, The Torch Bearers, Once in a Lifetime and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.

Kristina Hestenes Stimson (Costuming)

Kristina Hestenes StimsonKristina recently provided Costuming for Arouet’s production of The House of Bernada Alba, and Set Design, Costuming, and Props for the play Frankie and Johnny. In film, she did Set Decoration and Production Design for Sister Billie’s Sinner Hour, which won best costuming in the 2010 48-Hour Film Festival; and she was the Production Designer for the film short Three Mothers. She is a licensed architect and studied fine art in France at the L’Ecole Des Beaux-Arts.

The Rewards and Challenges of a Prop Designer

For me designing props for a play is a process unique to each individual show. Most of the time when I read a script it will be immediately obvious to me what most of the props will be, what they’ll look like, where to get them or how to build them. For some unexplained reason this show was the exception. I read the script and it wasn’t immediately obvious, I mean yes there were some obvious props that were spelled out such as a bottle of Jack Daniels but there were so many things I couldn’t get the feel for—the images just weren’t coming. It was a scary and frustrating experience. So to overcome this “block” I decided to make a list of everything that was obvious and then wait to go to the reading of the script with all of the actors in place, I thought then I’ll get to know the character’s personalities better and get a feel for what sorts of items these people would use in their every day lives and in particular for this specific event in their lives. The reading cleared some things up, but not everything. After that I needed to balance what I wanted with what the director wanted and what would ultimately fit within the budget—which can be tricky with so many props called for. Through weeks of scouring the prop storage space at the theatre plus items borrowed from individual people and some shopping a cohesive design seemed to pull itself together, almost taking on a life of its own, it’s this part that I find most rewarding, the feeling of it come together…under budget (phew!).

The biggest challenge for me on this show believe it or not, was the champagne bottle. I struggled for weeks on what to do about it! Which is crazy, it’s just a fricken champagne bottle. But it wasn’t just a champagne bottle. At first it was going to be a champagne bottle that was going to be opened and the champagne was going to be poured into champagne glasses. This seems easy enough to make happen, just open a bottle of champagne and pour it, right?! Oh contraire, first we have the aforementioned budget to stay within, a new bottle of champagne for every show plus tech rehearsals will not achieve that goal. Second, it’s alcohol, which can come with its own set of issues. So real champagne was out and I needed to come up with a way to re-cork a bottle of champagne, fill it up with a carbonated beverage that would produce enough pressure to make the “pop” sound and have it look like actual champagne once poured. After days of playing with re-usable bottle stoppers, carbonated water and food dye I wasn’t getting the look and sound I wanted. Finally after I could not come up with anything else and was going crazy trying to figure it out my husband suggested instead of continuing to mess with the liquid inside why notget a different stopper—like magic, that solved most of my issues (he’s truly a genius)! I actually had a stopper in my house that allowed me to achieve the outside look I wanted and for the liquid I decided I would just fill the bottle up with sparkling cider, the only component that I really couldn’t achieve was the pop, without a good shake of the bottle which unfortunately would make a fantastic unwanted mess. It turns out that wasn’t necessary because the bottle never ends up getting opened. Sometimes it’s the simplest props that end up being the most challenging, which sometimes also ends up being the most rewarding.

Jen Cabarrus, Properties

A Partnership to Help Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

I have really fallen in love with The Hen Night Epiphany over the past few months. I have read through the script at least five times since the education team began working on our lesson plans, and I find that I am touched emotionally every single time. Award-winning author Jimmy Murphy is incredibly insightful and gifted, and he succeeds in creating a hauntingly realistic portrayal of domestic violence. As the production and education team explored the script we realized that Murphy’s story mirrors reality, and that this production is one that cannot be produced for entertainment purposes alone.

As a company with a mission that supports all people in need, we found our call to action was to take an active role to speak out against domestic violence. There are some great resources for those suffering from domestic violence in Washington State, and I am excited to announce that Arouet will be partnering with Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN). This fantastic organization works diligently to speak out and prevent domestic violence, as well as support those who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence.

To help DAWN with their incredible efforts, Arouet will be collecting donations at every performance. I encourage all of you to take a stand with Arouet and speak out against domestic violence. Below I have included statistics regarding DAWN and domestic abuse in Washington State.

DAWN’s mission is to lead and support efforts in south King County communities to end domestic violence. Over the past 33 years, DAWN has provided programs and services to an estimated 370,000+ survivors of domestic violence and their children.

For more information, please visit
DAWN is a 501(c)(3) organization

Daniel Cords,
Arouet Director of Education and Outreach

About DAWN

  • DAWN has been committed to providingculturally fluent services to survivors of domestic violence since 1980. DAWN remains the ONLY non-profit agency located in south King County that operates a 24-hour advocacy and crisis line and provides confidential emergency domestic violence shelter and services. 82% of every contributed dollar goes toward providing direct services to women and their children escaping domestic abuse.
  • In 2012, DAWN served a total of 13,068 clients including: 8,283 bed nights to 209 women and their children at DAWN’s emergency confidential shelter; 120 bed nights to 60 women, men and their families through hotel and motel vouchers; 3,245 bednights to 19 families in our Extended Stay transitional housing program;
  • 11,564 crisis calls from women, men and teens; and 1,216 individuals in our Community Advocacy Program, which includes support groups (in English and Spanish), mental health counseling, legal advocacy, children and you programs, and direct rent and utility assistance.
  • Also in 2012, DAWN’s DV institute trained more than 100 new ambassadors in the
    movement to end violence.
  • Over the past 33 years, DAWN has provided services to approximately 376,000+ survivors and their children.

About Domestic Abuse

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetime.
  • On just one day in 2011, domestic violence programs in WA could not meet 502 requests for services due to a lack of resources – 79% of these requests were for emergency shelter and transitional housing.
  • Battering is the single major cause of injury to women – exceeding rapes, muggings, and auto accidents combined.
  • Ex-boyfriends perpetrate 11 percent of domestic violence homicides.