Alder & Ross: The New Boys in Town

Of all the great songwriting teams that have flourished on Broadway, none appeared so unexpectedly, burned so brightly and vanished so quickly as that of Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Continue reading “Alder & Ross: The New Boys in Town”

Meet the Factory: Mae and Pop

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory. Continue reading “Meet the Factory: Mae and Pop”

Enter the Steam Heat Coloring Contest

Check out all of the pieces of our Steam Heat Coloring Contest with The Seattle Times! Print and color the pieces yourself, and be sure to submit your entires by 6 PM on Tuesday, January 31 for your chance to win a fantastic prize pack (including treats from our partners at Inn At The Market and Purple Cafe and Wine Bar)! Continue reading “Enter the Steam Heat Coloring Contest”

Spotlight on Beatsville

Beatsville, written by Wendy Wilf and Glenn Slater, appeared in the 2008 NAMT Festival. The show is now preparing for its world premiere in a co-production with NAMT member The 5th Avenue Theatre and Asolo Rep Theatre. This month, we caught up with the writers to hear about the work they’ve done on the piece since the Festival leading up to this premiere.  Originally printed in the NAMT New Works News.

What was the response to Beatsville like after the 2008 Festival?
We had a great Festival—our cast was spectacular, and made the show look fantastic—and we received a hugely gratifying outpouring of interest from various theatres and organizations who wanted to help us take the next step forward. We sort of fumbled the ball a little—we felt that we still had some writing to do, and weren’t sure what that next step should be, and then we got swept up in other projects. Luckily for us, when we were finally ready to move forward, there was still a lot of goodwill in the community from people who remembered it from the Festival, and they proved instrumental in helping us get the show back on track. Continue reading “Spotlight on Beatsville”

Meet the Factory: Strikers and Scabs

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory. Continue reading “Meet the Factory: Strikers and Scabs”

Steam Heat Coloring Contest

In partnership with The Seattle Times, we are presenting our annual coloring contest. This year’s theme: Steam Heat! Check out the information below about what to do and how to enter to win some of the fantastic prizes. Plus, pick up the first piece of the contest! You can win a date night out at The 5th by entering! Look for the pieces every week day beginning today, with the final piece and entry form in the Sunday edition of the paper! Color all the clothing pieces and the paper dolls of Sid and Babe and send them in for a chance to win!

A big shout out and thank you to our partners at The Inn At The Market and Purple Cafe and Wine Bar for their generous additions to our prize pack!

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Meet the Factory: Operators and Stitchers

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory. Continue reading “Meet the Factory: Operators and Stitchers”

Fostering and Supporting New Works with NextFest

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This past October, The 5th presented NextFest, its second annual Festival for New Works. Eleven new projects were introduced during the three week festival, at varying levels of evolution, from cold table reads and writing intensives to week-long workshops complete with writers, actors and creative members working together to revise and improve new musicals. Continue reading “Fostering and Supporting New Works with NextFest”

The History of Pajamas

By JORDAN LUSINK, Communications Coordinator

When you think of pajamas, probably the first think you picture is the two –piece model, with a buttoned and collared shirt and matching drawstring bottoms. Perhaps something like this:

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While the term “pajamas” has become something of a catch-all to refer to any type of sleepwear, that word wasn’t part of the English vernacular until the early 1800s. In fact, it’s origins specifically referred only to the pants portion of sleepwear. The worldwide use of pajamas (the word and the clothing) began in the late 18th and early 19th century as a result of British colonization in India. The word “pajama” first appeared in the English language with the spelling “pyjama,” adopted from a Bengali word (which was adopted from the Persian word “paejama”) for leg-garments. The word referred to loose, lightweight pants, usually with a drawstring waist which were worn by Muslims in India. Along with the term, Europeans adopted the style as well, though initially for lounging rather than sleepwear. Continue reading “The History of Pajamas”

Meet the Factory: Time Study Guys and Union Gals

As we ramp up to the sexy, steamy production of The Pajama Game, we’re taking this opportunity to introduce you to the members of our fantastic cast. Or, as we’ve come to know them, the workers at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks to learn more about each worker in our factory. Continue reading “Meet the Factory: Time Study Guys and Union Gals”