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Next up for A Room with a View:

“There is a  yes”: Personal Choice in the Edwardian Era
With your host Albert Evans

Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:30PM-7:15PM
Downstairs at The 5th

In all his novels, and especially in A Room With a View, E. M. Forster encourages his readers to choose what will bring them happiness, even if it’s socially risky. In Forster’s words: “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” At the turn of the twentieth century, Queen Victoria was gone, change was in the air, and more and more people — especially women — came to believe that life was empty without personal fulfillment. Join Show Talk host Albert Evans as he takes a look at the literature, music, and politics of the Edwardians, when rigid social structures were beginning to break down and, at least for the adventurous, “rooms” gave way to “views.”

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Join us for this series of delightful, insightful, and informative presentations that will take you deeper into the world of musical theater. Led by The 5th's Artistic and Music Associate and resident musical theater guru, Albert Evans, the Show Talk topics are as wide-ranging as the musicals themselves.




Show Talk Guest Speakers

Albert Evans -- 5th Avenue Artistic and Music Associate
Albert s a composer (Off-Broadway hits Pageant and Nite Club Confidential, The 5th Avenue’s Yankee Doodle Dandy), lyricist (New York City Opera’s Merry Widow), as well as dramaturg, vocal coach and music director at The 5th Avenue Theatre. His recent musical, Rosie the Riveter, written with playwright Stephanie Timm for The 5th Theatre’s Adventure Musical Theater Touring Company, was recently on the road, entertaining and educating grade school and middle school students throughout the northwest.  Join Albert at Tuesday and Wednesday evening Show Talks throughout the run of A Room with a View.

Dr. Trevor Speller received his Ph.D. in British Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2010. His research and teaching focus on the literature of the enlightenment, including the history of the novel, and its relationship with political philosophy. He has lectured and published on such figures as Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, John Locke, and James Joyce. He is currently is a professor of British and Anglophone literature at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Join Trevor, along with Albert, at our A Room with a View Show Talk on Tuesday, April 15th.

Marc Acito (A Room with a View Book & Additional Lyrics) won the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play with his comedy Birds of a Feather. He is the head writer of the musical Allegiance, which won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Musical and broke the all-time box office record at the Old Globe. With Tony Award-winning producer Dede Harris, he is developing a one-man “monologsical” adaptation of his first novel How I Paid for College, which won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and was an Editors' Choice for The New York Times. Translated into five languages the author cannot read, the novel inspired a sequel, Attack of the Theater People. A former opera singer, he performed numerous character roles at Seattle Opera. Now a regular contributor to Playbill, Acito teaches Story Structure to writers of all mediums at NYU. He owes everything to the patient guidance of Floyd Sklaver.  Join Marc, along with Albert, at our A Room with a View Show Talk on Wednesday, April 16th.

Jeffrey Stock (A Room with a View Music & Lyrics) composed the music for the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Triumph of Love, starring Betty Buckley and F. Murray Abraham. Triumph has received over 100 productions around the country as well as in Europe and Japan. His symphonic and choral work Lulie the Iceberg premiered at Carnegie Hall, narrated by Sam Waterston and featuring renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Stock contributed music to Songs From an Unmade Bed, the Off-Broadway musical produced at New York Theatre Workshop. He wrote the words and music for The Voice of Temperance, a musical based on Prohibition texts, commissioned by New York’s Public Theater. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for music composition, a Jonathan Larson Grant for achievement in musical theater, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant to write the music and libretto for a new opera. He has recently been commissioned to compose a musical about the Jewish ghetto of Shanghai. Join Jeffrey, along with Albert, at our A Room with a View Show Talk on Wednesday, April 16th.

Marta Zekan -- Radio Journalist, Classical KING FM
Marta has been with Classical KING FM 98.1 since she moved to Seattle in 1994. Many will remember her Saturday morning children's program on KING FM, Classic KID FM, which also aired in Milwaukee and San Francisco.  In conjunction with the show, she brought a presentation on creative listening to elementary schools throughout the region.  Today, she interviews all kinds of arts professionals for the KING FM Arts Channel (  A pianist, her music foundation is in the classical world, but once she found her way into musical theater, she never looked back.   Before coming to Seattle, Marta was busy in Southern California, working as a musical director, voice and text coach, singing teacher and sound designer.  She has a BA in Music (UC San Diego), an MFA in Voice and Speech Training (National Theatre Conservatory), and has taught theater and voice skills in many a theater outreach program.  She retains a love for music history and a large stack of classical piano repertoire. Join Marta, along with Albert, at our A Room with a View Show Talk on Wednesday, April 16th.




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Upcoming Second Sunday Talkback Schedule

All talkbacks follow the evening performance on the date listed below.  All dates are subject to change.

  • A ROOM WITH A VIEW -- May 4, 2014
  • THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS -- June 22, 2014

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