OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Our Town, an evening of one-act plays and the best local arts and culture for Feb. 2-8.
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OLY ARTS Loves the Arts
in Our Town!

As the country grows ever more divided and tumultuous, it's good to reflect on the wealth of entertainment we enjoy right here in our own supportive community. In addition to the events below, don't forget the continuing runs of two thought-provoking plays, My Name Is Rachel Corrie at Harlequin Productions and Starry Messenger at Olympia Family Theater. You could also take in photographer Steve Winter's amazing shots of tigers or a Thespian Festival at Olympia High School. This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, February 2-8.

Our Town
Our Town

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town graces the stage under the talented direction of Kathy Dorgan. It focuses on the citizens of a small, 1900s American town. Dorgan's production boasts respected actor-director Brian Tyrrell. Says Tyrrell, “I...portray the play’s ‘Stage Manager,’ a character who, in a Greek-chorus fashion, lives simultaneously in the present and the past,...providing information about ‘our town’—but also willing, when necessary, to provide commentary about the play and the world at large.” A hallmark of the production is its spartan set design. Explains Dorgan, “Wilder wants us to concentrate on the relationships and the moments in the show, unencumbered by material objects.”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Sunday, Feb. 3-11

Where: Olympia High School,
1302 North St. SE, Olympia

How much: $5-$8

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Timberline High School

Winter One-Acts Festival

THS drama students present a trio of one-act plays.

Look Me in the Eye by Lindsay Price: a chilling futuristic story of whether or not to trust the system. Teenagers in the future are obedient and polite, thanks to the government-required "Observation Sessions," but there's a dark underside to this utopian vision.

Bench 18 by F. Lee Miesle: a comic romance about star-crossed pen pals.

The Struggles: a poignant drama about Megan, a girl coping with the learning challenges of dyslexia and ADHD. She encounters the personification of her struggles in a dream-like world.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, Feb. 3-11

WhereTimberline High School,
6120 Mullen Rd. SE, Lacey

How much: $6-$8

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Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Legendary, multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and pianist Rufus Wainwright is one of the finest vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He's performing a benefit for Pizza Klatch, an organization that provides weekly, lunchtime support groups in local schools for LGBTQ youth and their allies to prevent teen suicide, reduce bullying and keep young people enrolled in school. Pizza Klatch serves approximately 300 youth weekly at 12 Thurston County high schools. Given the increase in bullying nationwide, Pizza Klatch is needed more than ever. There will also be a “Gayla” auction, youth presentation and photo booth--and pizza will be available for a small price.

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4

Where: The Washington Center,
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

How much: $22-$130

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