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30 Apr


Akua Konadu as Naja counsels Richard Lee as Anon in "Anon(ymous)", Toy Boat Theatre at UW Tacoma. Photo by Peter Serko.

Akua Konadu as Naja counsels Richard Lee as Anon in “Anon(ymous)”, Toy Boat Theatre at UW Tacoma. Photo by Peter Serko.

Tacoma’s Toy Boat Theatre is partnering with the University of Washington Tacoma to produce Naomi Iizuka’s 2006 play Anon(ymous) on the UWT campus this May. Based upon Homer’s epic The Odyssey, Anon(ymous) is a beautiful, gritty, very contemporary re-telling of the “hero’s journey”, exploring themes of immigration, interculturalism, poverty, violence, family, and the meaning of home. Centering on the memories of a nameless and homeless orphan who searches for his mother and a place to belong, the play takes audiences on a surreal journey filled with compelling characters.

Jillian Lee as Nemasani is bullied by her employer, Yuri Mackus, played by Claymore MacTarnaghan. Photo by Peter Serko.

Jillian Lee as Nemasani is bullied by her employer, Yuri Mackus, played by Claymore MacTarnaghan. Photo by Peter Serko.

Toy Boat Theatre and UWT aim to create more seasonal offerings such as Anon(ymous) that reflect the make-up of our community, particularly the sizable underserved populations in the area. The vision for this project is that it may serve as the first step toward creating a new university/community collaboration model of theatre.

Directed by Marilyn Bennett, who has taught, directed and acted in the region for over a decade, the cast and production team are a healthy mix of UWT students and area artists. The production team includes: Michael Kula, UWT advisor/liaison; Ashley Jackson, stage manager; Ricky German, costume design; Jens Winship, sound design; Nick Spencer, dramaturge; Emily Cohen, fight choreography; Peter Serko, photography; and Erin Chanfrau, design consultant.

Who: Toy Boat Theatre and University of Washington Tacoma
Where: UWT broadcast theatre, Room 007 of the Cherry Parkes building, 1922 Pacific Avenue (theatre is located immediately behind Indochine Restaurant; enter from Pacific Avenue)
When: 7:30 pm on May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
Tickets: $10 general audience, free for UWT students, $5 for students from other institutions. Free preview performance on May 7. Pay-what-you-can admission on May 14. Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Anon(ymous) is suited for audiences from 5th grade through adult.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this production through Arts Projects funding.

Anon(ymous) Poster 4-21-15 copy-2

Watch for new acquisitions in Municipal Art Collection

26 Dec

“Dream” by Yuki Nakamura. Photo courtesy of the artist

New portable artworks purchased by the City of Tacoma will begin to be exhibited in public spaces in the City’s municipal buildings. These works will join over 200 others in the Municipal Art Collection. This is the second in a series of posts highlighting the 15 artists whose work was recently chosen for the City’s collection.

Dream by Yuki Nakamura is an 8-inch diameter soccer ball made of pure white porcelain. “The Dream project is a deeply personal work and acknowledges the premature death of my brother at the age of 36. He was a soccer coach and lived his life in Shikoku Island, Japan. For many boys from my hometown, dreaming to become a professional soccer player is a way that they can escape small-town life.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA traditional story is told in Sea Bear, a serigraph by Marvin Oliver. This artist expresses his dual artistic heritage by combining the form-line design and characters of the Northwest Quinault with the often-bright palette of the Southwest Isleta Pueblo. In Sea Bear, an orca whale has transformed into a sea bear entwined with a pale, elaborately embossed messenger.

"I Heard the Snow Falling" by Peter Serko.

“I Heard the Snow Falling” by Peter Serko.

Walking empty, pre-dawn streets has its rewards for photographer Peter Serko. His photo, I Heard the Snow Falling, “was taken at 6am during a January 2012 snowfall. I walked all over the downtown area starting around 5:30am. It was magic!”

"Deception Pass, 1972" by Mary Randlett.

“Deception Pass, 1972” by Mary Randlett.

An iconic wild space is captured in Deception Pass, 1972, a silver gelatin print by Mary Randlett. Born in 1924, Randlett has been photographing the Pacific Northwest for more than 55 years, and is considered a major figure in Northwest art. Her works are held in permanent collections including the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

See more new acquisitions for the Municipal Art Collectionhere:

City announces purchase of portable artworks

24 Dec
"Spruce Burl Trail" by Michael Jardeen.

“Spruce Burl Trail” by Michael Jardeen.

The City of Tacoma has announced the purchase of portable artworks by 15 regional artists: Victoria Bjorklund, MalPina Chan, Neeka Cook, Jennifer Frohwerk, Michael Jardeen, Eunice Kim, Bret Lyon, Yuki Nakamura, Chandler O’Leary, Marvin Oliver, Mary Randlett, Peter Serko, Thomas Stream, Eva Skold Westerlind, and Mimi Williams.


“Crab” by Neeka Cook.

Submissions came from Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Thurston Counties. The selected artworks will join others in the Municipal Art Collection, and be installed in public spaces throughout City of Tacoma buildings. Funding for this portable works purchase comes from one percent for art funds. The City of Tacoma maintains over 200 diverse pieces of public art, which can be found in virtually every neighborhood in Tacoma. Congratulations, artists!

"Alpenglow" by Chandler O'Leary.

“Alpenglow” by Chandler O’Leary.

This is the first of a series of posts showcasing the winning artists.

Tacoma photographer Michael Jardeen caught a wonder of nature in Spruce Burl Trail (above top). “This image is meant to have an otherworldly feel that highlights the oddness of the burl,” he says.

Neeka (Lloyd) Cook, an artist of Tlingit heritage, created his Crab ink drawing in the traditional “form-line design” style of his tribe. Cook lives in Puyallup and his work is represented by the Stonington Gallery.

"Floating  Lanterns" by Mimi Williams.

“Floating Lanterns” by Mimi Williams.

Alpenglow by master printmaker Chandler O’Leary is part of a series of 15 letterpress prints featuring Mt. Rainier as depicted from various locations around Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. The series was created from sketches and data collected “on-site, from life, over the course of two years,” says O’Leary.

Olympia artist Mimi Williams pays homage to her city and to far-distant cultural traditions in her lino-cut print, Floating Lanterns. “In the Japanese floating lantern festival, lanterns are released to commemorate loved ones who have passed away. We have such a ceremony at Capitol Lake, in Olympia.”

See more of the newly purchased portable artworks below – and there’s more to come!


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