Meet the Director: Bill Berry – The Pajama Game

Bill Headshot

Bill Berry will be directing our spring production of The Pajama Game. He recently directed another workplace comedy for The 5th-How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Find out more about Bill below!

Is this your first time directing at The 5th?
This is not my first time directing here, as Producing Artistic Director I have the privilege and honor or shepherding one or more projects each year at The 5th Avenue.  What keeps me excited and constantly engaged is the level of talent and the craftsmanship that The 5th is able to bring to the work on the stage- and this is largely about the designers, the crew, the artisans, the actors, musicians and admin teams at The 5th. All of them are top notch, and bring such dedication to the work, and always invest fully whether we are producing a new show, a revival of a well known title, or a little known show from the past.

What has been your favorite directorial experience, either here or elsewhere?
That question is hard- each thing I have directed in the past 20 years have been my favorites for various reasons-  but a constant theme in my favorite experiences has to do with the people I get to work with. That is what turns a good experience into a great experience.

Why this show? What is intriguing or interesting about it to you?
I love the score, I love the story, I find the show so relevant to the world we live in, including union vs. management, Fair Pay (what constitutes fair pay?).  These are things we are still talking about today, and getting to engage in that dialogue through a fun musical- that is really exciting for me. Continue reading “Meet the Director: Bill Berry – The Pajama Game

Meet the Director: Allison Narver – Man of La Mancha

Allison Narver will be directing the first show of our 2016/17 season, Man of La Mancha. Allison directed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers here at The 5th during our 2008/09 season, but has directed many other productions at theaters around town in between, most recently Sherlock Holmes & the American Problem at Seattle Rep.
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“Southern Rock” Cocktail Inspired by Janis Joplin

This cocktail was inspired by the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll herself, Janis Joplin, and was created by our restaurant sponsor, Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe.  A Night With Janis Joplin runs until April 17, 2016 at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Downtown Seattle.

“Southern Rock”
You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
  • Southern Comfort
  • Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • Smirnoff Vodka
  • Mixed Sweet/Sour
  • Top with Sierra Mist

Instructions:

  1. Start with ice in your glass
  2. Pour in 1 oz of Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort
  3. Pour in 1/2 oz of Chambord and Smirnoff
  4. Top it off with a sour mix of your choosing (made from scratch at Hard Rock Cafe!)
  5. Briefly shake the mixture in a cocktail shaker
  6. Finish it off with Sierra Mist
  7. Add a lemon wedge for garnish

…or enjoy the “Janis Joplin” and drink Southern Comfort right out of the bottle!

Thanks to Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe! Please enjoy responsibly.

To learn more about A Night With Janis Joplin or to buy tickets, visit https://www.5thavenue.org/show/janis-joplin

Can You Succeed…? with Ethan Stowell and Stephen Krempl

Can you succeed in business without really trying? Our Community Engagement Specialist Kwapi Vengesayi wanted to find out. In the second of a three-part series, we meet Ethan Stowell and Stephen Krempl and hear what they have to say. It’s interesting to consider how many of these suggestions and recommendations for succeeding in business are applicable to working in the arts as well!


Inspired by our production of How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying, I went out into the community to ask a few inspirational people from diverse backgrounds and professions a few questions about their success. Here were their answers.

ETHAN STOWELL

Ethan Stowell is the executive chef and owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants. His highly acclaimed restaurants include Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company, Rione XIII, Bar Cotto, Mkt., REd Cow, Frēlard Pizza Company, and Braming Cross, as well as Goldfinch Tavern in Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. His food philosophy is all about keeping it simple, using fresh ingredients and allowing the food to do the talking. Deeply devoted to his hometown, Stowell is a fervent advocate committed to seeing that Seattle is recognized nationally as a culinary destination.

Hear what Stowell had to say about hard work, surrounding yourself with good people, and loving what you do in the video below.

STEPHEN KREMPL

Stephen Krempl is a speaker, author, consultant, and the President and CEO of Krempl Communications International (KCI). Krempl acquired his global perspective and unique style over two decades of service with Fortune 500 companies including Motorola, PepsiCo Restaurants, YUM Brands and Starbucks, where he was Chief Learning Officer and VP of Global Learning. He has now dedicated much of his time and expertise working with college students—in seminars, workshops and training opportunities—in an effort to help them figure out what is expected of them in the work world.

In this interview, Krempl explains how theater and real life are the same and how strategies for succeeding in business are often the same as those for succeeding in theater.

Produced by KWAPI VENGESAYI, Community Engagement Specialist