On Stage

Going Greek

Sophocles and beyond

Attend

What: Summer Rep

Where: Maritime Heritage Park, Sylvia Center

More:

WHEN: June 20-Aug. 31

Cost: Outdoor plays are free; indoor plays are $9-$25

Info: http://www.idiomtheater.com

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

iDiOM Theater isn’t known for its restraint. Not long after wrapping up its regular season with a mainstage production of Sarah Ruhl’s genre- and gender-bending play Orlando at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, the most prolific theater company around announced its Summer Rep lineup.

They deemed it an “ambitious mini-season,” but that’s a bit of an understatement. Typically, the creative collective has gone above and beyond when it comes to entertaining and enlightening the masses. Five plays based on the mythology of ancient Greece are set to begin Thurs., June 20, and will continue through late August at two venues—outdoors at the amphitheater at Maritime Heritage Park, and just up the hill at the Sylvia Center.

Artistic director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao’s original play Briseis kicks off the season with al fresco performances at the park. First mounted in 2012, the quirky black comedy telling the story of the last days of the Trojan War through the eyes of a captive war bride will be revived, and you’ll want to be front and center when it happens. And since no tickets are required, all audiences need to do is to show up and sit tight.

You’ll want to make reservations for the next production on the roster, a contemporary adaptation of Sophocles’ Ajax debuting Thurs., June 27 at the center’s Lucas Hicks Theater. Playwright Bryan Doerries wrote it in 2015 as a contemporary take on war and the consequences of the choices made because of it, and director Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao will bring to life the Trojan War-based tale of a great warrior who has been driven mad at the hands of his enemies. It’s a powerful story that will be told with the inclusion of a male chorus and live musical accompaniment by Bellingham-based drummer Bill Anker. Tickets to the opening night reception are $20-$25, and will celebrate the entire summer season with preshow champagne and post-show refreshments.

Lighter fare will come next in the form of The Birds, which tells the story of two wandering Athenians who are searching for a better life in the kingdom of the birds. The comedy will be performed starting July 18 by teens who have signed up for a youth acting program, and will take place at the park.

Going Greek means The Odyssey will also make an appearance starting Aug. 1, when the retelling of Homer’s story of the final homecoming of Odysseus to Ithica and to his wife takes the stage at the Sylvia Center for three weekends of shows.

Shortly thereafter, An Iliad will end the season back where it began—under the stars at Maritime Heritage Park, and looking back at the events that started it all. The epic tale focusing on warriors Achilles and Hector that was first told by Homer has been reworked by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, and those who are eager to see the remount of iDiOM’s 2017 production will want to put it on their summer schedules.

Hotseat Silver Reef
More On Stage...
Starting Out
Western Summer Theatre

If you haven’t passed by the tail end of Holly Street lately, be aware that Maritime Heritage Park is currently abuzz with action.

In addition to being ground zero for three out of the five plays comprising iDiOM Theater’s Summer Rep lineup, the scenic locale overlooking Bellingham Bay…

more »
Acting Out
A stage kids grow through

At 13, I got caught smooching a boy at church camp and was forced to lead that night’s singalong around the campfire. My punishment was embarrassing, but because I was generally thought of as being a goody two-shoes, it was also kind of exciting to be a rebel.

A few years later, nobody…

more »
Sinful Sunday
Dance like everybody’s watching

When Kelsey Burghoffer joined the Provocateurs last year, she was going through a difficult time in her life and hoped sharing space with the longtime burlesque-focused dance troupe would help her let off some creative steam.

It did, and along the way it also changed her life. She soon…

more »
Events
Today
Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre

8:00pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Skagit Tours

10:53pm|Highway 20.

Skagit Tours

10:53pm|Highway 20.

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm|Blaine Harbor

Stories in the Park

10:30am|Marine Park

Kids Can Cook, Dough Edition

11:00am|Community Food Co-op

Cook It and Book It

3:30pm|Lynden Library

Paddline Whatcom County

6:00pm|REI

Artist Workshop

6:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

History Sunset Cruises

6:30pm|Bellingham Bay

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Bayview Civic Hall

Books on Tap

7:00pm|VanderYacht Memorial Park

Mama Caught Fire

7:30pm|Reverie Gallery

Support Vertical
Tomorrow
Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre

8:00pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Skagit Tours

10:53pm|Highway 20.

Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Summer Noon Concert Series

12:00pm|Performing Arts Center Plaza

BFM Community Concert

12:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Photography Workshop

1:00pm|Sumas Library

Wednesday Farmers Market

2:00pm|Barkley Village Green

Ferndale Book Group

2:30pm|Ferndale Library

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market

3:00pm|Hammer Heritage Square

Downtown Sounds

5:30pm|Downtown Bellingham

Mach One Jazz Orchestra

6:00pm|Seafarers' Memorial Park

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Creekside Open Mic

6:30pm| South Whatcom Library

Brewers Cruise

6:30pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Village Books
Thursday
Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Skagit Guided Adventures

10:00am

Tall Ship Tours and Sails

10:00am|Squalicum Harbor Marina

Summer Reading Bingo Challenge

10:00am|Bellingham Public Library

Bow Farmers Market

1:00pm|Samish Bay Cheese

Bard on the Beach

2:00pm|Vanier Park

Dig Deep

3:00pm|Deming Library

Blues and Brews

5:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series

6:00pm|Elizabeth Park

Riverwalk Concert Series

6:00pm|Skagit Riverwalk Plaza

Pub Run

6:00pm|FrinGe Brewing

Chuckanut Radio Hour

6:30pm|Village Books

Atwood Beer Dinner

6:30pm|Old World Deli

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

The Birds

7:30pm|Maritime Heritage Park

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre

8:00pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Skagit Tours

10:53pm|Highway 20.

see our complete calendar »

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Support Vertical Village Books Trove Web