OLY ARTS is your expert guide to arts and culture in the Olympia region. This newsletter features The Last Five Years, contemporary horror and the best local live entertainment, Aug. 18-24.
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OLY ARTS Greets the Fall Theater Season!

How would a relationship look if you could see it forward and backward at the same time? That's the conceit of THE LAST FIVE YEARS, the first major offering of the fall theater season in Olympia. It's blazing hot outside, but South Sound stages are just heating up for a great year of live theater.

Get ready for theatrical debuts and other live entertainment breaking this weekend. Your OLY ARTS newsletter is a late-summer digest for the South Sound, Aug. 18-24:

The Last Five Years

The Jason Robert Brown musical tells the story of a relationship from beginning to end—and end to beginning. It opens with Cathy (Katherine Strohmaier) singing about the end of her marriage. Then Jamie (Aaron Lamb) sings about their first meeting. The two characters are on their own journeys, interacting only in the middle in a song about their wedding. Both actors have offstage roles: They’re the show’s musical directors and musicians. Using minimal costuming, projections and simple sets, this production focuses on the heart of each character’s story.

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 18-20 and 24-27 and Sept. 1-3 and 8-10;
2 p.m. Aug. 21 and 28 and Sept. 3

Where: Harlequin Productions' State Theater,
202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia

How much: $25-$41 (the Aug. 24 performance is pay-what-you-can)

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Words, Words, Words:
Contemporary Horror

Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) presents The Midnight Sun’s recurring aural celebration, Words, Words, Words. August's installment highlights “Contemporary Horror: The Darkest Minds of the 20th Century.” The aim of this series, according to TAO, is to “share and give voice to exciting pieces of literature by the writers who’ve had an impact on the world around us.” This program offers readings derived from such contemporary horror writers as Clive Barker, Stephen King, Harlan Ellison and Alvin Schwartz.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20

Where: The Midnight Sun Performance Space,
113 Columbia St. N, Olympia

How much: $10 suggested donation
(no one turned away)
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Wonderful Wurlitzer

Sharon Stearnes, the organist for the Seattle Mariners from 1985 to 1990, will play the Washington Center for the Performing Arts' 1924 Andy Crow Mighty Wurlitzer organ in a free concert. It’s named for the late organist who restored it and installed it in the center in 1995. More than a single musical instrument, it incorporates drums, a xylophone and even a full piano and can make sound effects. Stearnes will play a wide range of music, from classical to show tunes and from pop to Disney classics.

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18

Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts,
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

How much: free
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