Archive for August 2014

“The Amish Project” at Taproot

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Marianne Savell in The Amish Project at Taproot Theatre.
Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Now that Taproot is in its expanded space it’s able to mount two plays at the same time. While “Jane Eyre the Musical” plays on their main stage, “The Amish Project” is in their smaller black box theatre, ideally sized for the one-woman production this is.

Written by Jessica Dickey, this is a highly spiritual play in which a single actress, Marianne Savell, plays multiple roles. Assuming the voices of the Amish people and their neighbors, she evokes the presence of God as she recounts a horrendous act of criminality, the events leading up to it, and its aftermath.

Directed by Robert Quinlan, Savell effectively brings to stage little children, shop girls, neighbors, survivors—victims all. Yet those most victimized are most willing to forgive.

Some of the transitions from one character to another are less effective than others, but overall with no props but a window, chair and cigarette, Savell manages to present a community and, with its members, a message of tolerance and forgiveness.

Through August 9 in the Isaac Studio at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th Street, Seattle, (206 781-9707, or www.taproottheatre.org).