Seattle native Alison Sargent was once a City Arts intern. She has also written for Crosscut and Real Change news. When not writing for City Arts she works at Teatro Zinzanni where she is a member of the waitcast and occasionally teaches circus workshops to kids around Puget Sound. 

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Q&A

‘A Piece of Work’ is an Algorithmic Hamlet

Annie Dorsen and a team of programmers and designers may be credited as the artists behind A Piece of Work, but the production has one main creative director—and it's a computer program. A Piece of Work (formerly False Peach), premiering this...
Q&A

Circus OZ: Australia’s irreverent rock circus band

What do a circus troupe and a garage rock band have in common? According to Mike Finch, artistic director for Australia’s Circus OZ, absolutely everything. Finch dreamed of joining Circus OZ, (that’s OZ as in “Ozzie,” as in “Australia’s...
Feature

Driving around with Spike Friedman

Spike Friedman’s theatre is a 1999 forest-green Honda Civic. It’s stocked with CDs, old parking receipts and a muddy mattress cover for when he’s joined on the road by his co-pilot, a large and exuberant goldendoodle named Edgar. It’s the...
News

Defusing the Bombshell: Female Icons Reexamined

In 1933, MGM unleashed the buxom blondness of Jean Harlow upon the world and the Hollywood bombshell was born. This month, 80 years and countless detonations later, the bombshell is being reconsidered through the eyes of 40 writers and visual artists...
Food

The Flavor of Feud

It’s the secret ingredient in the NY-style pies at Italian Family Pizza. Italian Family Pizza is the only real pizza place in Seattle. At least according to my Uncle Elihu, a hardcore New York foodie from Queens. When he first tasted one of their...
Q&A

Rose Cano of Latino Theatre Collective eSe Teatro

Rising Seattle theatre collective eSe Teatro: Seattle Latinos Take Stage is dedicated to reflecting the various experiences of being Latino in the United States—or as artistic director Rose Cano likes to put it “all of the colors in the rainbow of...
Q&A

Kyle Loven’s ‘Loss Machine’ at On the Boards

Kyle Loven no longer minds if you call him a puppeteer, but the word doesn’t begin to describe his unique style of “visual storytelling” that blends art installation, puppetry, projection, sound, live actors and objects. City Arts dropped in on...
Review

Five from Fringe

The catchphrase for this year’s resurrection of Seattle’s Fringe Festival was “close-to-the-skin,” but after a nearly ten-year hiatus, the festival got so close it went under. Having 20 shows spread like a theatrical treasure hunt across a...
Q&A

Fringe Festival Reboot: The Irrational Robot Bureau

Wednesday evening at venues across Capitol Hill, curtains will rise on Seattle’s first Fringe theatre festival in 10 years. To help prepare your motherboards for fringe theatre overload, I sat down with Adrian D. Cameron, Bureau Chief of the...
Review

Seattle Confidential

Stretched between newborn spring and mature fall, summer is the adolescence of the seasons. In the latest installment of the quarterly series Seattle Confidential, Unforgettable Summer, presented at ACT, it is a distinctly female adolescence, ripe...
Q&A

Q&A with theater simple’s Llysa Holland

The Seattle Fringe Festival runs Sept. 19–23 in various venues. When Llysa Holland and the theater simple gang stumbled upon Seattle’s Fringe Festival in 1988, they were so enthused they volunteered to lick stamps. This month the...
Review

Faith and Flesh: The Last Leper of Charenton

The Last Leper of Charenton is testament to madness, failed faith, and human flesh. Todd van der Ark’s newest play, presented by lively fringe company the Schoolyard and directed by Gary Zinter, is set in the historic French asylum Charenton around...