Last fall, AJ Epstein, old friend and proprietor of West of Lenin, a fabulous new theater space in Fremont (Seattle), approached me about doing an exhibition in their lobby space, finally finished into a lovely gallery. We tossed ideas around for a few months, and eventually settled on some of my theater photos, in keeping with the theme of the space, and my long history of working with performers, many who now put on shows at WofL.
The images are a selection from the theater world, including groups and events like UMO Ensemble, 14/48, Sandbox Radio Live, theater simple, and Teatro Zinzanni. Individual performers include Kevin Joyce, Kevin Kent, Mik Kuhlman, Annette Toutonghi, and Charles Leggett.
I couldn’t forsake my circus and variety photos, or omit some of my favorite promo photos. There are single images featuring Ela Lamblin of Lelavision, Lauren Weedman, the Flaming Idiots, Alex Zerbe, Tom Noddy, Michael Carbonaro, Martha Enson in Gravity of Kindness, and more from the Moisture Festival and other shoots.
I put together a new presentation telling the stories of some of the photos in the exhibition, and adding many more that were never used, with behind-the-scenes images and history. It was great fun to be on the stage myself for a change!
The show continues through the end of May, and possibly June, 2014. Contact West of Lenin for dates and access information.