Gifts of the Polar Bear
Fairy tales are like dreams—terrible things happen, but it all seems to work out fine in the end.
Bret Fetzer writes stories and plays and has recently started making films; his first feature, MY LAST YEAR WITH THE NUNS starring Matt Smith, played in the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. He performs regularly with the Moonshine Revival Tent, a storytelling/choral singing ensemble.
Faiza Sultan was born in the city of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. She pursued her higher studies at Mosul University, Faculty of Education, where she majored in the English language, graduating in 1994. She obtained the second prize in the short story competition at the university for her story entitled The Assassination of a Head. She took up theater acting and starred in English plays at the University of Mosul. She obtained the best actor award. She worked for humanitarian organizations, including The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). She directed and starred in short plays for mothers' health education. She later adapted them for the radio. She was forced to leave Iraq in 1996. She currently lives in Washington State in the USA. Her first poetry collection, Let Us Give War a Chance, was published in 2014. Her second poetry collection, I Am a Visitor on this Earth was published in 2015 and she signed it at the Library of Congress. She is the President of Translation 4all, Inc., an international translation agency. She is the founder of Darsafi for Publication and Distribution, LLC. She translated a poetry collection from Arabic into English titled "It Took Place in This House" by the Egyptian poet Amal Gamal. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Translators Association (ATA). She is a translator, an editor, a public speaker, a cultural adviser and a teacher. She is the founder and the former Administrator of the Arabic Division within the American Translators Association (ATA). She is a former president of the Northwest Translators & Interpreters Society (NOTIS). Her published in various publications in Arabic and English. Her poems has been translated from Arabic into English, French, Spanish and Kurdish.
Lisa is an award-winning writer/director/producer who was a resident playwright at The Seattle Repertory Theatre from 2012-2015. A two-time Hedgebrook alumna, Lisa was nominated for an Emmy for directing the documentary "Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change", which aired on PBS and The Seattle Channel. She has optioned and been hired to write original screenplays and worked with Marta Kauffman (co-creator FRIENDS) who helped Lisa develop her award-winning screenplay adaptation of the best-selling novel 'Broken For You' which recently escalated at The Weinstein Company. Lisa's first full-length stage play 'Flying Through Blue' was a 2011 PlayPenn Finalist and was selected in 2013 for a reading at the Great Plains Theater Conference 2013, Uprooted Theater's Playwrights Festival in Milwaukee and the Northwest Playwright's Alliance 2014. Intiman Theatre commissioned Lisa to write a new play 'Metanoia: A Change of Mind' which had a workshop reading at the Seattle Repertory Theater in 2014. Her new play 'Margarita Stands' received a workshop reading at The Seattle Repertory Theater in 2015 and is being considered at ACT Theater.
Philosophers East and West, ancient and modern, have wrestled Truth with both hands tied. The Tao that can be expressed in words is not the eternal Tao.And yet, we cannot, can we, all us poets, thinkers, barkeeps and lyricists, we can't stop trying. Language is what we have: we reach, we live within this paradox, unable to stay silent here in the terrible beauty of this world.
Thomas Elliott, Ph.D. is a Vashon writer who keeps two feet in this world by teaching math. He left a position as a tenured philosophy professor to live in the Pacific Northwest. His current project is writing a collaborative multimedia podcast called theegg (October launch). Other projects and antics posted on www.scenesfromaqueerlife.com.
Thomas taught Philosophy at California State University, Chico, for ten years before joining The Northwest School faculty. He is fascinated by deductive thinking. His interests include creative writing and backpacking.
HOUSE #30 takes the audience on a journey thorugh a surreal day addressing the visceral experience of trauma and the basic needs surrounding home, all told through solo physical theatre. Filled with island lore, ghost stories, physicality, humor and heart.
Mik Kuhlman is powered by Shunpike.
photos by Michelle Bates
A performer with sublime comic timing, serious depth and cross-disciplinary experience, Mik has over twenty-five years creating original theatre and collaborating internationally. She has been working non-stop since 1988 as an actress and performance artists in Seattle, Paris, and New York with additional artistic residencies in Germany, Hong Kong and the Middle East. Her work either as a writer, performer or director is kinesthetic in nature and rooted in a keen observation of human behavior and gesture that she embodies to express the world around her. She is based both in NYC and on Vashon Island.