March 24, 2012

This past weekend, I attended Ukelooza, the fundraising event for Rain City Projects. Great idea, great fun, great music, and great auction items and raffle prizes! Every act of the evening included a performance with a ukelele, culminating in a jam session at the end of the night. There was also a comedienne who got things off to a funny start with a story about a Tacoma wedding and butterflies and well… you had to be there. The fundraising part of the event was an auction, and although that wasn’t my primary reason for going, I did score pretty well while donating to a good cause.

Ukelooza was held at Annex Theatre, because many board members of Rain City Projects are also on Annex Theatre’s staff. Rain City Projects’ mission is to publish local playwrights, which I think is a very worthy cause (and inspires me to write some more work and get it produced!).  They started out many moons ago, publishing works of playwrights that had been produced in the area and a newsletter. Now, they’ve moved into something deeper with the manifesto series, grants for out-of-town productions, and events like speed dating. The manifesto series has a playwright curate an anthology of plays based on a theme. I also can’t wait until they do speed dating again, because I’d love to go! It’s a way to pair playwrights and directors. Sounds even better than actual speed dating. (;

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