The Children’s Hour

By Lillian Hellman
Directed by Daniel Wood

The Children's Hour posterMay 14-31, 2015
The Ballard Underground
2220 NW Market Street, Seattle

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.

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Performances begin promptly at the scheduled time, there is not late seating.

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The Long Road Auditions

The Long Road by Shelagh StephensonArouet is thrilled to be present the US premiere of Shelagh Stephenson’s critically acclaimed play “The Long Road”, which was written in collaboration with the UK-based charity “The Forgiveness Project” and premiered at London’s Soho Theatre in 2008.

Arouet’s The Long Road will be directed by Zandi Carlson, last seen on the Arouet stage as Paige in The Gene Pool.

Rehearsals run January 26th-February 26th; Mondays & Wednesdays 8-10PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-10PM with two weekend rehearsals Saturday, February 21st and Sunday February 22nd.

Character Breakdown

Joe: Early 20’s. Joe witnessed the murder of his brother, Dan. Dealing with survivors guilt; feeling inadequate because the better sibling died.

Mary: Joe’s mother. Seeking to forgive Emma, the murderer who killed her son. Struggling with conflicting emotions of forgiveness and revenge.

John: Mary’s husband. Dealing with the loss of his son by obsessively running and drinking. John is traditional, trying to be stoic, but crumbling.

Emma: 19. Emma stabbed and killed Dan, an 18 year old, while high on drugs. She is currently in prison. Emma is damaged, defensive and also funny.

Elizabeth: Late 20’s-early 40’s. Works in the prison system. Kind, funny, and thoughtful.

Audition Requirements

Please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues about one minute each. One monologue may be in an English/London dialect if you choose (not required). Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition, and be prepared to provide conflicts during the rehearsal time.

Audition Dates

Saturday, December 13th, 1-3PM; Sunday, December 14th, 6-8PM


Tuesday, December 16th, 7-10PM


January 26th – February 26th; Mondays & Wednesdays 8-10PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-10PM with two weekend rehearsals Saturday, February 21st and Sunday Febraury 22nd. All rehearsals at Theatre Puget Sound, Seattle Center Armory.

Performance Schedule

All performances at the Eclectic Theatre at 7:30PM on the dates below:
Friday February 27
Saturday February 28
Monday March 2
Thursday March 5
Friday March 6
Saturday March 7
Thursday March 12
Friday March 13
Saturday March 14

Schedule an Audition

To schedule and audition, please email Joshua Jon at auditions[at] Please include a copy of your headshot and resume if available.

Monetary compensation

Arouet pays a stipend to cover expenses.

The Fierce Urgency of Now

The Fierce Urgency of Now by Doug DeVita

A new play by Doug DeVita
Directed by Roy Arauz

Poster The Fierce Urgency of NowNovember 7-22, 2014
The DownStage Theatre (aka Stone Soup Theatre)
4029 Stone Way N, Seattle

Troubled-yet-talented art director Kyle struggles to find himself amid the inner turmoil of his creative department with the help of an unlikely ally… his new copywriter Dodo, a living relic of the ‘Mad Men’ era. Set within the halls of a storied ad agency and inspired and based on real people and events, The Fierce Urgency of Now exposes the precarious nature of power and the limitations that come with the stereotypes we place both on ourselves and others using a delicate balance of wit, verve, and humor. It’s a comedy about love, loss, and how to take off and soar after landing a plane in a cornfield.

Cast and Crew

For a detailed bios and photos, please visit Meet The Cast and Crew of The Fierce Urgency of Now

Get a sneak peek of the show by visiting our rehearsal gallery.


General admission: $16 in advance/$20 at the door
Student: $12 in advance/$16 at the door
Senior (60+): $12 in advance/$16 at the door
PREMIUM (reserved seating): $40

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Cast and Crew of “Conversations We Have”

Greg Brisendine (Writer)

Greg Brisendine - Writer Greg Brisendine is a playwright, actor, advice columnist, performance poet, and corporate drone who lives in Seattle. He’s been an Arouet company member for more than a year contributing to company productions as both a writer and an actor. As a poet, Greg has competed in Poetry Slams locally and nationally for more than 10 years.

Joshua Jon Christensen (Writer)

Joshua JonJoshua is ecstatic to be presenting a segment from his Portlandification of The Picture of Dorian Gray! Joshua made his Arouet debut this last spring directing Don Juan in Chicago, and will be producing The Long Road next spring. Currently, Joshua is also helping helm Seattle Immersive Theatre’s paranormal thriller Supraliminal, running through October. Originally hailing from Salt Lake, Utah, been independently producing his work around the Rockies before finally arriving in the Emerald City. Joshua holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Idaho and is inspired by his friends, pop art, and the American West.

Alysha Curry (Actor)

Alysha Curry - ActorAlysha is honored and delighted to be a company member of Arouet. She was recently seen in The School for Lies with Sound Theatre Company and Sin, Sex & the CIA with Driftwood Players. Some favorite past shows include Tartuffe at SecondStory Rep, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Seattle Public (twice), and I Dream Before I Take the Stand with Confrontational Theater Project. She studied Theatre at Seattle Pacific University where she is now on staff. #PrayForSPU [Love to her husband, Geb.]

Richard Sean Glen (Actor)

Richard Sean Glen (Actor)Richard Sean Glen has three first names, a BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Idaho, and a few theatre credits. His non-academic roles include that of the Porter in Macbeth (Animal Fire Theatre, Olympia, WA), Flavius in Timon of Athens, and Laertes in Hamlet (Moscow Art Theatre (TOO), Moscow, ID). He is excited to work with Arouet on such a fun project.

Max Holley (Actor)

Max HolleyMax Holley (Actor) is thrilled to be making both his Arouet and Seattle theatrical debut! He recently moved to the city after receiving his BFA in theatre arts from the University of Idaho. While at UI, he performed in Twelfth Night, A Funny Thing… Forum, Winter’s Tale, The Good Person of Szechuan, and Almost, Maine to name a few. He actively participated in the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival conferences, and was a semi-finalist in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition his junior year. In addition, Max has worked at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for six seasons as costumer, as well as understudying roles for the main stage there. Max would like to thank Joshua Jon Christensen for introducing him to this great company, as well as Chris Martinez for giving him the opportunity to be part of this experience!

Jacquelyn Miedema (Actor)

Jacquelyn MiedemaJacquelyn Miedema spends her time traveling from rehearsal to auditions and back again. With a BA in Theatre Arts, she finds her greatest joy in writing and performing all around Seattle. Jacquelyn is a proud Associate Artist of the boundary pushing inter-arts gang, the Libertinis and a frequent collaborator with Fantastic.Z. Theatre Company. Past shows include I, Gelosi, Gone Wild! and p(ART)y! Much living thanks to her friends, family and fellow artists.

Conversations We Have

An evening of unexpected theatre
Written by Greg Brisendine, Joshua Christensen, Christopher Martínez, and Helen Roundhill

Conversations We HaveOctober 9-17, 2014
Location: Tiny Ninja Cafe 3510 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

Four scenes. A slew of actors.
Who will play what part?
You, the audience, get to decide.

What happens when the audience gets to choose the fate of these brave actors? How will it change the Conversations We Have?

Featuring the talents of Alysha Curry, Dani Dodge, Jackie Miedema, Geb Brown, Max Holley, and Richard Sean Glen. Meet the artists.

Presented as part of Arts Crush with the support of Theatre Puget Sound.

Performance Dates

Thursdays October 9th and 16th
Fridays October 10th and 17th


Purchase in advance or at the door—cash only at the door, please.

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2013 Big Ask Success – Thank You!

Season 2014-2015 was possible thanks to the following individuals that supported our Indiegogo campaign. Visit the links below — learn more about our supporters!

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Steven Contreras
Renee Cyr
Ellen Dessler
Deborah Dodge
Helen Epperson
J.S. Epperson
Frances Hearn
Alyssa Kay
Lisa Larsen
Corey McDaniel
Courtney McFadden
Scotto Moore
Christine Pomeroy
Mark and Nancy Press
Kim Rosin
Steven Sterne
JP Stewart
Dan Tarker
ShawnJ West
Lisa Zelenetz

The Arouet two-K Fundraising Challenge

2K Fundraising Challenge Stretch GoalWe have been presented with a challenge: every dollar we raise by September 6, 2014 will be matched 100%, up to $2,000. Yes, your contributions will be doubled! This is a very exciting opportunity as it will provide us the fiscal stability we need as we go into our first three-show season.

How does your money help?

Every dollar we raise is invested back into the company: into our critically acclaimed main stage productions as well as our yearly Arts Crush production, where we present original and creative works free of charge in locations from Edmonds to Tacoma. It also covers overhead expenses such as insurance and web hosting.

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What does your donation buy?

  • $8 buys one actor’s script
  • $10 pays for one hour of rehearsal time
  • $15 buys one year of hosting for our website
  • $50 pays for printing of postcards for one production
  • $75 pays for royalties for one night
  • $80 pays for printing of posters for one production
  • $100 buys properties for one production
  • $150 buys one co-op ad
  • $225 pays for one night rental of the performance space

Update: FINANCIAL GOAL MET. New Stretch Goal Set.

Thanks to the generosity of our contributors, we have reached and surpassed our funding goal ahead of schedule. So we have set a stretch goal: 75 contributors by Saturday, September 6. Help us reach our goal by contributing in any amount: $1, $5, $10, or $100. If we reach our goal, we will give away three (3) season tickets amongst all the contributors.

Cast And Crew Of “The Fierce Urgency Of Now”

The Fierce Urgency of Now by Doug DeVita


Laura Crouch (Dodo)

Laura Crouch, DodoA midwest transplant, Laura is definitely not in Kansas anymore and is so happy to be a part of the Seattle theatre community. Laura has had the great privilege of working with the Seattle Shakespeare Co., ACT, Bathhouse Theatre, Market Theatre, Driftwood Players, Phoenix Theatre, and others. Shows have included everything from a rock-n-roll version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to The Diary of Anne Frank, Steel Magnolias, and a one-woman USO show at the Museum of Flight. Her greatest privilege, however, has been working with Arouet and Roy in The Hen Night Epiphany and becoming an Arouet company member. Working with such talented people on such striking material is a dream come true. Thank you for the opportunity to grow and learn.

Kelly Johnson (Meryl)

Kelly Johnson, MerylKelly is very excited to be returning as a cast member to Arouet. Her most recent projects include: Ghostlight Theatricals’ Life is A Dream, KTO’s Seamarks, Arouet/TIP’s The Hen Night Epiphany, and STAGEright’s I Gelosi. Kelly studied theatre and music at Pacific Lutheran University. When she’s not in rehearsal, Kelly can be found trying to ‘Beat the Blerch’ in and around Seattle or getting out of town for a weekend with Vandyman.

Evan Louis Thomas (Kyle)

Evan Louis Thomas, KyleEvan is a graduate of Western Washington University who has been acting in the greater Seattle area for the past five years. He has been seen in such shows as The Tempest (Ferdinand), A Chorus Line (Mike Costa), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Neville Landless), Richard III (Buckingham), and Wonderland: Alice Adventures (Gryphon) just to name a few. Many thanks to family and friends for their constant support of the addiction that is the stage.

Lisa Viertel (Kate)

Lisa Viertel, KateLisa is excited to be making her debut with Arouet. Recent roles include Samantha in Attack of The Killer Murder of Death at Theater Schmeater, Mattie Fae in August: Osage County with Balagan Theatre (Gregory Award for Outstanding Production), Ensemble in Dogg’s Hamlet/Cahoot’s Macbeth with Sound Theater Company and The One Minute Play Festival. She has also worked with 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival (Mazen Award Winner), Book-It Repertory, ArtsWest, Annex Theater, The Endangered Species Project and many more.

Mark Waldstein (Neil)

Mark Waldstein, NeilMark is pleased to be making his debut with Arouet. He has performed in Undo at Annex Theatre, Picnic at ReAct, The Foreigner with Sound Theatre Company, Spring Awakening at Balagan Theatre, and The Salesman is Dead and Gone with the Splinter Group. Mark has also turned up in such happenings as the 14/48 Festival, the One-Minute Play Festival, and most recently, in Witness for the Prosecution with Theatre Anonymous.

Creative and Production Team

Doug DeVita (Playwright)

The Fierce Urgency of Now, Doug DeVita, PlaywrightHis play Just A Rumor (co-written with Gary Lyons) was a semi-finalist at the Eugene O’Neil Playwright’s Conference and had developmental readings at New York’s Abingdon Theatre Company and London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. Other work includes Gold Diggers of the 1, 2, & 3 and Something To Dance About (also written with Mr. Lyons); Confessions of a Serial Egg Donor; Goddess of the Hunt; and The Phillie Trilogy. The third play in that trilogy, BBQ, was read at Benaroya Hall in June 2012, and the first play, Checking The Basement for Leaks, was part of the The Driftwood Players Short Play Festival in 2013.

Roy Arauz (Director)

Roy Arauz, DirectorRoy is thrilled to work with Doug in the world premiere of his play. Who would’ve thunk that what started as an acquaintance on an online theatre bulletin board ten years ago would become not just a great friendship but an artistic collaboration. With a background dance, choreography, and stage management, he has worked in various capacities at ArtsWest, Balagan Theatre, The Driftwood Players, Latino Theatre Projects, and SecondStory Repertory among others. This summer he makes his directorial debut with Book•It Repertory with their bilingual touring production of La Mariposa and as a virgin director with 14/48: Outdoors. He is Arouet’s Artistic Director and this past June was named Artistic Director of Seattle Musical Theatre.

Renee Cyr Johnson, (Assistant Director)

Renee Cyr, Assistant DirectorRenee is thrilled to be working with such a talented cast and crew. She is also excited to be returning to her first love, directing. She most recently staged managed HONK! and Annie with Kitsap Forest Theater. Other recent stage managing credits include Clara, The Brick and the Rose, Little Women, The Broadway Musical, The Hen Night Epiphany, The Music Man, Murder on the Nile, and Harvey. Up next she will be doing dramaturgy for Arouet’s U.S. premiere production of The Long Road. Renee is a proud company member of Arouet. She would like to thank you for supporting local theatre.

Zach Sanders (Stage Manager)

Zach Sanders, Stage ManagerZach is very excited to be working with Arouet again after appearing as Leporello in Don Juan in Chicago. After getting degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Washington, he decided two fields of study wasn’t enough and started working in education as an assistant teacher while simultaneously returning to his roots in theater as an actor, director, and playwright. Most recently he finally got to mix all his interests together interning with Seattle Children’s Theater’s Drama School, and can’t wait to start working as a teaching artist. Enjoy the show!

Zach Brink (Lighting Design)

Zach Brink, Lighting DesignerThis is Zach’s second show with Arouet, having designed lights for David Ives’ Don Juan in Chicago. Under the guidance of Nancy Lee-Painter and Suzie DuVal, Zach has developed a taste for simple designs that support the action, but never distract. For three years, Zach worked as an electrician and lighting designer for Idaho Repertory Theatre and Moscow Art Theatre (Too) in Moscow, Idaho. His past designs include Neil Labute’s The Shape of Things; William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Timon of Athens, and Hamlet; Caitlin Gilman’s adaptation of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream; David Harlan’s King of Fires; and many more. To become Zach’s friend, talk to him about comics.

John Epperson (Sound Design)

John Epperson, Sound DesignJohn is a composer and producer 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, John designs sound for theatre. He has worked with Arouet, ArtsWest, Driftwood Players, Latino Theatre Projects, Playwright’s Theatre, Play Factory, Redwood Theatre and Theatre 9/12. Live long, and prosper.

Nicholas Giacalone (Costume Design)

Nicholas Giacalone, Costume DesignThis is Nick’s second production with Arouet and he is so please and thrilled to be back. His first production with Arouet was assistant directing Don Juan in Chicago. “I could not have asked for a better first show here in Seattle.” He recently moved to Seattle after receiving his BS in Theatre Arts from the University of Idaho where he dabbled in a little bit of everything. Acting, directing, stage management, and costume design. Favorite past productions include, but are not limited to, Don Juan in Chicago (assistant director), Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter (stage managed, IRT Summer Theatre) and Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter (costume designed and received a KCACTF Costume Design Meritorious Achievement award). A special thank you must go out to Joshua Jon for getting him involved with Arouet.

Brandon Tyler Fields (Graphic Design)

Kim Rosin (Set Design)

Kim Rosin, Set DesignThis is Kim’s fourth exciting season working with Arouet, having previously designed their sets for The House of Bernarda Alba, The Temperamentals and Don Juan in Chicago. This is her fourteenth production in total, working in Seattle and Vancouver BC. Kim is passionate about theatre and design and especially enjoys her work in the fields of theatrical, textile and industrial design. She is grateful for her continued collaboration with Arouet which she finds extremely inspiring and rewarding.