"In January 2018, Washington Ensemble Theatre will stage the Northwest premiere of Straight White Men. In her critically acclaimed family drama, Young Jean Lee tackles the demographic you love to hate. When three brothers gather at their father's home for Christmas, it becomes clear that they have more on their minds than the holidays. With hypocrisy, humor, and enlightened progressivism, this story explores what to do with privilege and who is to blame for it. The New York Times called Straight White Men "a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man's existential crisis. Sara Porkalob, the 2017 Intiman Theatre Festival co-curator, will direct."
- By Jiehae Park
- Directed by: Sara Porkalob
Asian-American twin sisters M and L will do whatever it takes to win the one coveted affirmative action spot at “The College.” But when the thick acceptance envelope falls into the hands of D, a white male colleague who is 1/16th Native American, the sisters will stop at nothing to take back what is rightfully theirs – and eliminate anyone who stands in their way. Jiehae Park’s clever and incisive adaptation of Macbeth explores how the drive to succeed can become an all-consuming – and deadly – obsession.
“With its staccato rhythms, short scenes, and farcical characters, unlike any you’ve ever seen before onstage, it’s hard to know how to characterize this play, except to say that it’s unexpectedly wonderful.” – The Arts Fuse
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How does a Dragon earn her wings? Five year old Sara Lee and her lesbian mother set out for the cold, barren land of Alaska to live on a gay, hippie commune. Painfully shy and ashamed of her scaly skin, she wants nothing more than for things to go back to the way they were.
Why did they have to leave Bremerton and their family behind?
Who is mom’s new girlfriend?
What is a drag queen?
A continuation of the Dragon Lady saga, Dragon Baby is Sara Porkalob’s new solo show featuring mothers vs daughters and exactly how much we’re willing to burn down for the people we love.
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Book-It’s Arts and Education Program presents three original adaptations of books for children, young adults and adults that tour schools, libraries and community venues all across the state of Washington. In addition to performing in the touring productions, actors will be trained to work as teaching artists to provide workshops that further foster students’ engagement and understanding of each shows themes. Each show is expected to have between 40-60 touring performances and 20-30 workshops; the majority are scheduled during daytime school hours (8am-4pm). For more information, click HERE
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Directed by Sara Porkalob
A novel in verse of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief and healing, this coming-of-age novel follows Hà as she flees from Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrates to Alabama.
Preview: February 27th
Touring: March 1st - June 30th
On a mountaintop high over ancient Greece, three sisters – goddesses known as the Greek Fates – are responsible for spinning, measuring, and snipping the String of Life. After falling out of favor with Zeus, they find themselves stuck in a drab modern skyscraper, left to live and work among world-weary office workers and the security guards who watch over the building. But when the eldest sister falls in love with a mortal, her destiny gets all tangled up in this musical fable about fate, and the fragile fabric of the universe.
Originally part of the Village Theatre's 2016 summer festival of new works, STRING was produced as part of Village Theatre's developmental Beta Series in May 2017.
Book by Sarah Hammond
Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon
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Sara Porkalob (Madame Dragon) returns to Nordo to direct and star in the premiere of playwright Seayoung Yim’s sultry tale. Set during the first large scale wave of Asian American Immigration in The Persimmon Grove, a lurid nightclub, a brash young Korean immigrant rises to great heights in his ethnic enclave while balancing two lovers and many debts in the 1960s/70s. At the top of his game, he risks it all. Persimmon nights features pungent Korean food and the all-girl pop trio The Kimchi Kittens.
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Adapted and directed by Myra Platt
Music and lyrics by Justin Huertas
November 29–December 30, 2017
World Premiere Production
When Sophie (Sara Porkalob) unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, she finds herself transformed into an old woman. To break the enchantment, Sophie must strike a bargain with a fire demon and seek the help of the heartless wizard Howl before facing the Witch head-on. The award-winning novel–post-J.R.R. Tolkien, pre-J.K. Rowling–with music and lyrics by Justin Huertas inspires each of us to find our voice.
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Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) and The Gregory Awards announced today that critically-acclaimed writers and performers Justin Huertas and Sara Porklalob will host the 9th Annual Gregory Awards, live at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center on Monday, October 23 (7:30pm).
About the Gregory Awards
Theatre Puget Sound’s 9th Annual Gregory Awards will be presented on Monday, October 23rd (7:30pm) at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA. The Gregory Awards, which honors theatre artists in the Seattle area for distinguished theatrical achievements, and are recognized as the most significant theatre awards in the Northwestern United States. The Nominations for the 2017 Gregory Awards will be announced starting August 10th, through the following Friday August 18th.
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DRAGON LADY by Sara Porkalob
Directed by Andrew Russell
September 5 – October 1
The Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse at The University of Washington
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Intiman Co-curator Sara Porkalob will portray multiple family members from three generations in this hysterical, moving and brand new musical based on characters that Porkalob has been developing for years. This world premiere features a live band, an intimate theatre setting, and a plot that includes gangsters, murders and more. DRAGON LADY is a timely musical explores what it means to come to America.
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