Comedy for a cause
What: Waiter!...There's an Icelander in My Soup!
Where: Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St.
WHEN: 7pm Mon.-Tues., Aug. 18-19
Cost: $20 for the show, $40 with dinner
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
What happens when a gaggle of Icelanders strut into a performance venue in a small town to share their comedic chops while guests dine on lamb chops?
If you’re referring to the interactive comedy dinner show, Waiter!...There’s an Icelander in My Soup!, the seven actors sharing their talents Aug. 18-19 at the Conway Muse will be helping raise funds for Theater Artists for Social Action, a small group of socially minded thespians whose intention is to focus on the needs of marginalized people populating Skagit County.
“Our purpose is to educate and advance the understanding of social justice issues in our community with a purpose in mind of motivating people to take immediate action,” their mission statement furthers. “Our theater projects are research-based and focus on targeting solutions.”
As an example of how the collective combines acting and activism, TASA’s last play, Forty Dollars and a Bus Ticket, was compiled from stories and interviews with people who had been, or still were, incarcerated. They asked the question, “How would you rebuild your life from here?,” and the result was a live production that combined reader’s theater (where the actors don’t memorize their lines), and verbatim theater (a form of performance that uses the precise words of people interviewed about a particular topic).
Rumor has it TASA’s next project will focus on Skagit Valley’s homeless population, but patrons who purchase tickets to Waiter!...There’s an Icelander in My Soup! will likely be able to get the specifics about their agenda before or after the show.
Sponsored by the Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts—a Skagit-based nonprofit that has in the past provided grants to organizations as varied as the Skagit River Poetry Festival, Mount Vernon’s Riverwalk Concert Series, the Museum of Northwest Art’s local schools project, and META summer theater camp at the Lincoln Theatre—the entertaining event promises to be a way for theatergoers to mix philanthropy with a heckuva good time.
As for what sort of mayhem the intrepid Icelanders have in mind, you’ll have to show up to find out. What is known is the seven performers all graduated from the National Dramatic Academy of Iceland between 1974-79, and that Conway Muse founder and National Theatre of Iceland alum Elfa Gisla is one of the stars of the show.
Gisla will be joined by acclaimed actor and author Edda Bjorgvinsdottir, as well as noted director and former Iceland parliamentarian Kolbrun Halldorsdottir, Guorun Poroardottir, Helga Thorberg, Ingolfur Bjorn Sigurosson, and Lilja Guorun Poroardottir.
While you’re enjoying your lamb chops or baked sockeye salmon dinner at the TASA fundraiser, be prepared for interactions with an Icelander (or two). Just don’t let them near your soup.
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