The 5th Avenue Theatre partners with local non-profits to provide underserved members of our community with tickets to our productions at no cost, while engaging them in educational programs such as Show Talks with Albert Evans and post-show talkbacks or discussions to provide a deeper and more meaningful theater-going experience.
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The 5th Avenue provides accessibility services so that patrons with mild to severe disabilities can enjoy productions at The 5th, including American Sign Language-interpreted, Open Captioned, and Audio Described performances, Sennheiser Assistive Listening system, Braille programs, large print programs, wheelchair seating and elevator assistance. Learn more about Accesibilty at The 5th.
These engaging lectures and panels are hosted by Artistic Associate Albert Evans with the occasional special guest. Show Talks are 45-minutues long and are free and open to the public (no show tickets required).
Join us any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during the 2019/20 mainstage season to hear Albert's insight about the priodcutions on our stage!
Coming for Austen's Pride:
WHY IS MR. DARCY SO GRUMPY?
Modern readers of Jane Austen’s early-19th century novels are sometimes puzzled by matters and manners that her contemporary readers would have understood at once. Albert Evans will shine an informative light on Jane Austen’s world in his new Show Talk, preceding selected performances of Austen’s Pride.
Albert will answer questions such as:
Why much freedom did women have?
How much money is enough?
Why don’t married couples use first names?
Did Austen’s characters have sex?
Where are all the poor people?
What about vampires?
Get the inside scoop! Join us during the run of Austen’s Pride on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 (one hour before show time) in Studio E, just a few steps away from the 5th Avenue marquee.
Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30PM
Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30PM
Thursday, October 10th at 6:30PM
Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30PM
Wednesday, October16th at 6:30PM
Thursday, October 17th at 6:30PM
Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30PM
Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30PM
Thursday, October 24th at 6:30PM
Show Talks take place in Studio E at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Directions to Studio E.
ALBERT'S PAST TOPICS:
For West Side Story: THE JOY OF LENNY
The spectacular music score of West Side Story — brutal and tender, angry and ecstatic — comes from the unlimited imagination of Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s most honored musical visionaries. From Broadway to the Philharmonic to the lecture hall to the political ramparts, Lenny always had more to write, more to say, more to give.
PAST SPECIAL EVENTS:
Representación y más allá: Being Latinx in the 21st Century
The production of West Side Story at The 5th invited all of us to take a closer look at the musical’s initial and ongoing impact on the Latinx community. Despite representing (and, in many ways, inventing) a very specific view of Latinx life, West Side Story has come to define how many Americans understand the wide spectrum of Latinx cultures and experiences. A panel of community members working in business, the arts, and social services Shared their thoughts on how far we’ve come since 1957—and what other stories are being lived and told by those around us, every day.
For Marie, Dancing Still, SUSAN STROMAN, 5-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, discussed her amazing career, her latest musical, Marie, Dancing Still, as well as past triumphs, including Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers.
Following select Sunday night performances, members of the audience are invited to meet the cast, crew and creative team (if available) and ask questions about the show. Post-Show Talkbacks are hosted by Education staff. Requires a ticket to the performance.
Coming to see Urinetown?
May 5, 2019 After the 7:00pm performance
Post Show Talkback: Conversations with cast members, facilitated by The 5th Avenue Theatre's Director of Education and Engagement, Orlando Morales.
May 7, 2019 After the 7:30pm performance
Post Show Dialogue: Join us as we compare the dark world of water management in Urinetown to the current state of our water right here in Seattle! Featuring special guests Jourdan Keith (Seattle Public Utilities Watershed Educator, Founder and Director of Urban Wilderness Project and Seattle 2016 Poetry on Buses Poet Planner), Mami Hara (Seattle Public Utilities General Manager/CEO), and Kelly O’Rourke (Seattle Public Utilities Water Conservation Manager Planner), and facilitated by ACT Education and Engagement Manager, Tracy Hyland. Be sure to stick around after the performance!
Post Show Talk Back Dates:
May 5, 2019 - Urinetown (at ACT)
June 16, 2019 - West Side Story
If you are interested purchasing a Sunday Night Talkback subscription package, please contact Guest Services at 206-625-1900.
On select dates, members of the audience are invited to participate in moderated discussion about the themes and issues that each show addresses. Post Show Discussions do not involve cast, crew or creative team members and are moderated by Education staff and special guests. Requires a ticket to the performance.
Join us for a celebration of Jane Austen and a look behind the scenes of Austen’s Pride—a new musical based on Austen’s life and work, premiering at The 5th Avenue Theatre this fall.
Since its publication in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has continued to captivate generations of readers and inspire numerous adaptation and reinterpretations. Through musical performances and interviews with members of the community and the Austen’s Pride creative team, we will explore the impact that Austen’s writing has had throughout history and discuss why her pioneering literary voice continues to resonate with contemporary audiences.
Austen’s Pride plays at The 5th Avenue Theatre October 4 – 27, 2019.