Classy Nonsense

Fri-Sat at 11 pm, Oct 28-Nov 18
$10 gen / $5 TPS/senior/student
PWYC Industry Night: Monday, November 14

Dan Hamann is an entertainer. He is also a onetime actor, longtime musician, and curator of the popular Swimming in Seuss at the much-missed New Mercury Theater and Theater Babylon between 1993-1996. In college, Hamann and his roommate began a casual Friday night variety show that grew into a popular touring act. As one half of Happy Dancing Boots, Hamann wrote comedic songs and performed them for theater audiences.

In the years that followed, he focused on music, but found it difficult to connect with bar audiences. He got involved with fringe theater, but as an actor he was “good in the comedies, not so good in the dramas”. Then, in 2008, he started thinking about his work in college, and writing the songs that would become his new show.

He now returns to his beloved black box with Classy Nonsense, combining years of musical training with an offbeat comic sensibility and a couple truckloads of wit. Dan Hamann fits in to a long tradition of musical satire, from Gilbert and Sullivan to Tom Leher, but he is also a unique new voice pairing beautiful jazz compositions with silly lyrics about barking dogs and overzealous block watchers.

Composed with a theater audience in mind, Classy Nonsense features Hamann performing on both guitar and piano, as well as projections by award winning visual artists Richard Hamann and Holly Tanilai.

Classy Nonsense is directed by Rachel Katz Cary. Katz Carey’s work as a director/dramaturge has been seen in Australia, Spain, and across the US and Canada in a 20 year career that spans Moliere, Shakespeare, Stoppard, Dostoevsky, and Starball—A Dreamy Musical Astronomy Show. She has taught at Lewis & Clark College, University of Minnesota—Duluth, University of Washington and Taproot Theater in Seattle. She is a proud member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab West and theater simple, with whom she has directed several world premiere productions, including their acclaimed adaptation of The Master and Margarita. Productions with other companies include: Passport by Bret Fetzer and Blind Spot by Bret Fetzer and Juliet Waller Pruzan (both at Annex); The Visible Horse by Mara Lathrop; and Rick Davis’s new translation/adaptation of Calderon’s Life is a Dream, which was recently published by Smith & Kraus.

Blind Spot

written by Bret Fetzer & Juliet Waller Pruzan
directed by Rachel Katz Carey
with songs by Rick Miller
Jan. 16 – Feb. 14, 2009

When 8 year old Kirsty Vanderkamp finds a hidden world in the nooks and crannies of her house — dust bunny farmers under the bed, a burlesque show in the butter compartment, a tabloid published in the china cabinet — she also finds herself caught up the wake of Aura Rotter, an ambitious social climber working her way up the rungs of society, and the lovelorn Iota Potts, a farmboy who risks everything that ever mattered to him to win Aura’s heart. Kirsty travels from the depths of the drains to the heights of the lighting fixture as she tries to make sense of this miniature world — and her own.


“Blind Spot wends its way into your imagination… I found Blind Spot something of a revelation: I saw new life and new civilizations, and boldly went where no man had gone before. Way cool.” — Seattle Weekly

“The play reinvents the house in a childlike way as a rich, surprising place and satirizes all kind of adults, from the poor devout to the filthy rich.” — The Stranger

The cast of Blind Spot

Kirsty Vanderkamp Jennifer Pratt
Astor Potts, Sheriff Whilk, Escrow Deshabille, Dr. Churlish, Gamut Tawdry John Bianchi
Sella Stringley Potts, Deputy Gall, Peril, Jolly Deshabille, Summit Tawdry Sara Balcaitis
Iota Potts Joe Feeney
Onus, Vigor Potts, Tubly, Announcer, Luster Wedge, Waifish/Snit Seanjohn Walsh
Aura Rotter Alissa Mortenson
Bib Clad, Deputy Hisk, Burn, Escrow Deshabille III, Yodel, Spat Mayhap Daniel Christensen
Protestor, Volly Smirk, Dulcet Expiration, Fernel Spriggs, Pasty Sann Hall
Glee Patina, Booboo Expiration, Uvula Bestwick, Illicit Deshabille Ellie McKay
Production Manager Kristina Volkman
Stage Manager Meg Tully
Assistant Stage Manager David Roby
Costume Design Juliet Waller Pruzan
Pamala Mijatov
Lighting Design Matt Shannon
Properties Design Ashley Born
Set Design Bret Fetzer
Sound Design Brian Christian
Song Recording Michael Hayes
Build Team Ron Darling
Max Reichlin
Costume Team Jen Moon
K.D. Schill
Properties Team Sean Kauffman
Allison Lizott
Meryl Roth
Poster Design Susannah Anderson
Bret Fetzer
Amber Zipperer
Special Painting Susannah Anderson

Chris Bell, Daniel Christensen, Chris Comte, Meghan Darling, John DeShazo, Ciara Griffin, Allie Hankins, Sandy Kopriva, Todd Kopriva, Jem Lewis, Gary Menendez, David Roby, Matt Shannon, Suja Hart, David Otten, and Kristina Volkman


14/48, Wendy and Marc Barrington, Ruth Baugh, David Baum, Lyssa Browne, Nicholas Carey, Stanley and Arlene Cohen, Chris Comte, John DeShazo, Eglantine, Ilene Fins, Anne Fitzgerald, Ted Ford, Susan Freccia, the Katz Foundation, Nebunele Theatre, Alan Pruzan, Brandon Simmons, Crispin Spaeth, Roy Stanton, Alia Swersky, Theater Schmeater, theater simple (Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky), Sulo Turner