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Showing posts from August, 2009

Liliane Montevecchi: a Paris original in ZinZanni's fashion show

Author's note: this interview took place in one of Seattle's many coffee shops. It was a hot and mildly sticky August afternoon, but Montevecchi not only looked cool, she was chic. And I wish I could reproduce her voice here: a Parisian purr.
When Liliane Montevecchi was a little girl growing up in Paris, her mother used to point at “keep off” fences surrounding the grass in the park and say, "Go over the fence, because the grass is cleaner there."So, with Maman’s approval, Montevecchi learned to climb over barriers to the cleaner, greener side of life. This included a career as a ballerina in Paris, performing in MGM musicals in Hollywood, guest appearances on numerous TV shows (including one Emmy nomination), a Tony Award winning performance on Broadway, her own one-woman show On the Boulevard, and being the “host” of Teatro ZinZanni’s shows, including the current All Dressed Up With Someplace To Go.Chatting with the chic Montevecchi over coffee, it’s o…

Allen Fitzpatrick and Icicle Creek Theatre Festival: from Leavenworth to Seattle

Icicle Creek Theatre Festival highlights new works, helping selected playwrights polish their scripts during a nine day “retreat” cultimating in performances in Leavenworth and Seattle. Founder and artistic director Allen Fitzpatrick is a familiar face on the Seattle stage as well as on Broadway. His acting credits locally include Richard III at Intiman, Private Lives at Seattle Rep, and the title role of Sweeney Todd at the 5th Avenue Theatre, for which he received a Footlight Award.For his Festival, he attracts top talent in the Northwest to direct and perform at the staged readings of the plays selected for ICTF.Q: So what inspired you to begin a festival based in Leavenworth? And how's the commute?A: The commute's awful! I have one foot in Seattle and one in New York, and there’s a lot of shuttling back and forth. A lot of things are happening in NY, obviously, but the Pacific Northwest is just so incredibly beautiful, and I really like the vibrancy of the…