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At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942


Beta Series

Beta Series

A Testing Ground for New Musicals in Development

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  • About Beta Series

    See it first
    Beta Series is your chance to see exciting new musicals while they are still in the process of being created. The production designs are intentionally kept simple – that way, if the authors want to cut a character or rearrange a scene, they can do so freely, without worrying about big set pieces or complicated mechanics. We’re working to give them the best of both worlds: a full production with the flexibility to make improvements.

    Interact with the creators
    The authors want to hear from YOU – the Beta Testers. They want to see if you laugh at their jokes, gasp, wipe away a tear, or fidget in your seat. Then, after each performance there will be talkbacks where the writers will ask you about your experience with the show. This is also your chance to hear about what inspired the project and the evolution the show has undergone thus far.

    Make your mark
    After each performance, the authors will rewrite, make changes, and work with the cast to incorporate new scenes and songs before the next show. As the authors tweak and adjust based on what you have to say, the musical will continue to evolve throughout the run. And when those same shows move on to our Mainstage, the regional theatre scene, or even Broadway, you’ll get to say, “I knew it when.”

  • Shows
    How to Break

    How to Break

    A MUSICAL FUSION OF HIP HOP AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

    Book and Lyrics by AARON JAFFERIS
    Songs and Lyrics by REBECCA HART
    Beatbox Score by YAKO 440

    JANUARY 5-14, 2018

    Ignited by an electric collision of theatre, breakdancing, and lyrical flow, this ground-breaking new musical follows two teenage hip hop dancers as they battle not only their disease, but also the hospital caregivers, for control over their own bodies. With a score backed by a beatboxed soundscape of the patients’ breaths and IV beeps, tensions rise as race, class, and language create life-threatening rifts between the patients and their treatment team. As the doctor and therapist wrestle over the health benefits of art versus painkillers, the teens attempt to break through their diagnoses in search of a gut understanding of what it means to be ill – both metaphorically and literally.



    Afterwords

    Afterwords

    A FOLK-MUSICAL ABOUT SISTERHOOD, ART, AND LOVE

    Music and Lyrics by ZOE SARNAK
    Book by EMILY KACZMAREK

    FEBRUARY 16-25, 2018

    When an accomplished young war reporter’s mentor is killed on assignment, his diaries are left to her care. But their pages provide her with more questions than comfort, chronicling his turbulent midlife love affair and pointing mysteriously toward two artist sisters mourning the loss of their volatile mother. As entanglements deepen and past collides with present, these young women relay three sides of one story through the show’s music, set, and book. Afterwords is a new musical about three women bound by notes scribbled down on paper, and the art we make from the love that makes us.



    ZM

    ZM

    A BROADWAY MUSICAL COMEDY... WITH ZOMBIES!

    Music and Lyrics by MARK HOLLMANN
    Book and Lyrics by GREG KOTIS

    JUNE 1-10, 2018

    From the creators of Urinetown comes the story of a remote American town where one fast-food franchise is test-marketing a new sandwich that, apparently, turns people into zombies. The Walking Dead meets The Book of Mormon in this hysterical new musical that follows two teenage lovers (and fast-food workers) who set off to penetrate the corporate behemoth behind this fast-food fiasco and learn the terrible truth about the source of the plague and the outcome it was designed to create… all while navigating teenage love. Can the two young lovers save their relationship? And their brains? And the world?

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303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202

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