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A fantastical world premiere play about honor and forgiveness, written by Maggie Lee and directed by Amy Poisson.
49 backers pledged $3,605 to help bring this project to life.

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When your very existence is defined by your blade, how do you keep yourself sheathed?

In the aftermath of a devastating war between clans, two swordswomen try to find their way forward in this strange new world of peace: a jaded soldier trying to escape her past, and a young warrior driven by an inherited thirst for revenge. A tale of an unlikely friendship tested by the bonds of honor and the terrible price of forgiveness, Sheathed combines movement and theatrical storytelling to explore the emotional depths of why we fight.

** New STRETCH GOAL of $4,000 (and Beyond!)**

We still have 1 day left in our campaign, so let's make every moment count! For our final (home)Stretch Goal: we love our theatre artists so much, that we want to make it all about them! Any funds we raise over $3,500 will be used directly to boost our artist honorariums. As a small theatre company, it’s a constant struggle to try to compensate our artists for all their hard work and dedication (a nigh-impossible feat because, honestly, they are PRICELESS). So please help us show our actors, designers, and production staff a little extra love, and let’s STRETCH this Kickstarter together right up til the very  end!

** STRETCH GOAL of $3,500 UNLOCKED**

We asked for the moon, and you STRETCHED to answer! Thanks to your continued support, our Stretch Goal of $3,500 means that Macha Theatre Works can now offer an affordable $10 ticket option for our 2pm Sunday matinee on March 17. Our matinee time slot has proven very popular for those audience members who don't have the means or ability to attend events in the evenings; by lowering the ticket price for this performance, we hope to provide an extra boost for these folks to come out and see our show. Not to mention, free parking on Sundays and a mind-boggling variety of restaurants in the surrounding International District neighborhood, perfect for a yummy bite to eat before or after the show! Thank you for STRETCHING with us!

Ren (Ayo Tushinde) and Bala (Sunam Ellis) are off to a rocky start. Photo by Laura Dux Photography.
Ren (Ayo Tushinde) and Bala (Sunam Ellis) are off to a rocky start. Photo by Laura Dux Photography.

Presented by Macha Theatre Works, in association with Theatre Off Jackson 

March 8 to March 24, 2019, Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S., Seattle, WA)

  • Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 8pm
  • Wednesday, March 6: Pay-What-You-Can Preview
  • Monday, March 11: $10 Industry Night
  • Sunday, March 17 and 24: 2pm Matinee
  • Wednesday, March 20: Pay-What-You-Can Mid-Week Special   

Starring Ayo Tushinde, Sunam Ellis, Fune Tautala, Maile Wong, Natalie Berg, Isis King, and Dylan Smith. Original music composed and performed by Leanna Keith. 

With Anna Ly (Assistant Director), Alison Kozar and Kirk Vande Brake (Stage Managers), May Nguyen Lee (Stage Combat Designer), Alyza DelPan-Monley (Movement Choreographer), Parmida Ziaei (Scenic & Props Designer), Johanna Melamed (Sound Designer), Jocelyne Fowler (Costume Designer), and Ahren Buhmann (Lighting Designer)

About the Production:

Macha Theatre Works is excited to produce the world premiere of Sheathed, which was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. It also marks the fifth collaboration between the powerhouse team of director Amy Poisson and playwright Maggie Lee, whose previous productions include the successful New Providence trilogy of steampunk plays: The Clockwork Professor, The Tumbleweed Zephyr, and A Hand of Talons.

Sheathed is set in a new fantastical realm, combining genre influences from Japanese samurai epics, classic Old Westerns, heroic medieval legends, and buddy-cop oddball friendships. But in true Macha Theatre Works style, our strong female characters lead the way in this tale, carving out their own destinies with their swords, but also learning the true price of violence. We have built an amazing team for our show, including an incredible multicultural cast and a legion of talented designers, and we can't wait to share this new play with you!

Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship...? Photo by Laura Dux Photography.
Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship...? Photo by Laura Dux Photography.

While Macha currently has a budget in place to cover all basic production costs, we have some big dreams in creating the sights and sound of Sheathed. We are combining live music, movement, fight choreography, and puppetry into a one-of-a-kind theatrical event, and every extra dollar can help make our grand vision become a reality. This is where you come in!

All funds raised through this Kickstarter campaign will be used directly for this production: approximately 70% will be added to the design budget, 20% will help offset rental fees, and 10% will go toward our marketing costs.

Thank you so much for supporting Sheathed, and see you soon at Theatre Off Jackson!

For the latest from Macha Theatre Works, please visit our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram!

Sheathed is produced in association with Theatre Off Jackson, and is supported by the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and 4Culture.

About Macha Theatre Works:

Envisioning a world where fearless female voices thrive, Macha Theatre Works is a small, dynamic Seattle-based theatre company that produces exceptional new works featuring strong female characters. We are a nonprofit arts organization that strives to bring complex, provocative, empowering, innovative, eclectic, and diverse women’s stories to the stage through professional productions, a new play reading series, and educational offerings.

About the Playwright:

Maggie Lee is a Seattle playwright who creates diverse, imaginative new worlds in genres like science fiction, horror, and adventure. Her plays have been produced in Seattle, New York, Seoul, Chicago, and San Francisco by The Navigators Theater Company, Seattle Public Theater, Seoul Players, Youth Theatre Northwest, Radial Theater Project, Theater Schmeater, Pony World Theatre, Pork Filled Productions, The 14/48 Projects, Live Girls! Theater, SIS Productions, Infinity Box Theatre Project, ReAct, Balagan Theatre, Double Shot Theatre Festival, Bindlestiff Studio, Memoriam Development, Open Circle Theater, and others. Maggie is currently a board member of Rain City Projects (an organization that supports playwrights in the Pacific Northwest), an Artist Associate with Macha Theatre Works, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

About the Director:

Amy Poisson is the Artistic Director of Macha Theatre Works. Amy’s specialty is world premiere plays by female artists. Recent work includes: Le Grand Fromage by Nicole Aloni (West of Lenin); Smoke & Dust by Joy McCullough-Carranza (Macha Theatre Works); The Flight Before X-mas by Maggie Lee (Seattle Public Theatre); Happy, Happy, Happy... by Jenn Ruzumna and Lisa Every (Macha Theatre Works);  A Hand of Talons by Maggie Lee, a 2016 Gregory Award Winner for Costumes, and multiple Gypsy Rose Award nominations (Pork Filled Productions); The Twelfth Story by Rebecca Goldberg (Annex Theatre); The Tumbleweed Zephyr by Maggie Lee, a 2016 Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding New Play (Pork Filled Productions); Blood/Water/Paint by Joy McCullough-Carranza (Live Girls! Theater); Fast Company by Carla Ching, a 2014 Seattle Times Footlight Award (Pork Filled Productions); and The Clockwork Professor by Maggie Lee (Pork Filled Productions). She also directed These Streets by Gretta Harley and Sarah Rudinoff (ACT Central Heating Lab). Amy envisions a world where women’s voices thrive and their stories are revered.

Risks and challenges

While it is exciting to bring new plays to life on stage, it is always a big risk to small theatre companies. This is especially true when the play isn’t something easily recognizable to mainstream audiences or an adaptation of a well-known intellectual property. However, our playwright Maggie and director Amy are long-time collaborators who have gained a dedicated theatrical fan base in Seattle over the last 5 years. In addition, Macha Theatre Works has a proven track record of producing successful new plays, and has gathered a passionate, talented group of actors, designers, and staff for this project. We are committed not only to making the best art that we can, but also making it the best experience possible for everyone involved, from the start of rehearsal to the last curtain call. Theatre is only as strong as the team behind it, both on and off stage; we know we are strong and can overcome any risk that might arise along the way.

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    These handy blades aim to heal instead of harm, just the thing for a quick patch-up to get you back into battle!
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    Used mostly for defense, these nimble forked weapons may seem harmless but can still trap a sword with deadly ease!
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