Bellingham TheatreWorks 2016/2017 Season

Quality: the Shoe Play


Written by Elaine Avila
Directed by Kayla Adams

The story of two women - a mentor and her protegee - as they attempt to navigate and conquer the world of selling high-end designer shoes. As these ambitious women discover what really matters in life, their relationship to each other, their company and their elite clients is thoroughly tested.

Bellingham TheatreWorks presents this taut black comedy by Vancouver playwright Elaine Avila, directed by Kayla Adams. Featuring actresses Brie Turoff Mueller and Jacki Campbell.

And what better place to produce a story about a shoe store than 12th Street Shoes in Fairhaven! Due to this intimate venue, seating is limited to twenty patrons, with the two actresses sometimes performing within inches of the audience.

WHERE: 12th Street Shoes, 1204 Harris Avenue, Bellingham (Fairhaven district)
WHEN: Thursday - Saturday July 21, 22, 23; 28, 29, 30. August 4, 5, 6
TIME: 7:30pm
TICKETS: $15 presale and at the door

Age recommendation: 13+.

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"Elaine Avila's subversive little black comedy (is) full of surprises . . ."
Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Canada

"fashion, status, sex, even revenge . . . an art installation in itself."
National Post, London, UK


The Gun Show


Written by EM Lewis
Directed by Eric Brake

Oregon playwright EM (Ellen) Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in THE GUN SHOW. Ms. Lewis's personal stories are drawn from her years growing up in rural Oregon. Leaning neither right nor left, THE GUN SHOW jumps into the middle of the gun control debate with poignant stories that are sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always brutally honest.

Ms. Lewis' complicated relationship with guns is brought to life by Bellingham's veteran performer Ian Bivins.

Performed four Wednesdays in the Beer Garden at Boundary Bay. This covered, outdoor venue opens at 7pm with beer and refreshments. Show is at 8pm, lasting about 60 minutes.

WHERE: Boundary Bay Beer Garden, 1107 Railway Ave, Bellingham
WHEN: Wednesdays - August 17th, 24th, 31st and September 7th
TIME: 8:00pm (Beer Garden opens at 7pm for beer and refreshments)
TICKETS: $15 presale and at the door (on sale in August)

Age recommendation: 13+.

"The drama's life-changing moments evoke a here-and-now immediacy, not easily forgotten."
LA Weekly

"...compelling, provocative, and unexpected...THE GUN SHOW is neither pro- or anti-gun. Instead, Lewis uses her own alternately tragic, funny and life-changing experiences with guns to step outside the polarized ends of the gun control debate."
Chicago Sun Times

"The power and rawness and unexpected amount of humor in Lewis' piece make it a welcome addition to the growing body of creative work around our national gun-related body count."
Chicago Tribune


Peaches en Regalia (Past Production)


Written by Steve Lyons     Directed by Mark Kuntz

Four strangers at The Horseshoe Cafe are united by the politics of the men's room, a peach dish, time management and a very special pair of panties! Monologues slowly weave together into a tight little plot with a big twist! Years later, Norman, happily married, confronts time management in a final epic struggle.

"Cleverly constructed, this hip little tale is great fun." San Diego Union

"Infectious spunky charm... the funniest play this season!"

"lovely comic touches ... witty and sweet natured."
Fest Online (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

"Four opening monologues become one beautifully intertwined story of lives merging at a critical juncture."
Ventura County Reporter

" the four actors... brought their A games to the stage. "
Cascadia Weekly

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