July 10, 2010
-- Captain Kirk is the new Hamlet in Hello Earth’s Outdoor Trek. Outdoor Trek: “The Naked Time” is a live, free performance, dramatizing an episode featuring the original crack crew of the Starship Enterprise
. Performances will occur at 7:00pm on Saturday, July 31st and August 7th, and at 2:00pm on Sunday, August 1st and 8th, in Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park.
The episode Hello Earth has adapted for outdoor theater is “The Naked Time”: the one where Sulu runs around shirtless with a sword. Hello Earth’s twist is that Sulu is a girl (laws of indecent exposure will be observed, despite the title). This is not your 1960’s Enterprise
: Kirk and Spock still have their share of epic bromance, except they’re girls. Scotty may not be from Scotland, but a lot of the cast are from another walk of life.
Outdoor Trek is a community project which celebrates the diversity of the original series, while at the same time adapting it to the 21st century, outdoor theater, and community. The inspiration is half science fiction, half Shakespeare. Shakespeare in the park is a well loved tradition, offering free theater, a social gathering in the sunshine, and a modern dialogue with a well loved classic. Hello Earth presents a new classic, just as loved, only this time on a spaceship.
Hello Earth is a theater company started by two geeky girls and one geeky husband who love the series, Shakespeare, Seattle, and summer. Inspired by Trek in the Park in Portland, they felt this was the seed of a grassroots project to celebrate Captain Kirk et al, already a part of our cultural identity, as a part of community identity as well. They feel that free, outdoor theater can be social commentary, as well as a jolly good time.
Outdoor Trek might just stick around—look for Spock in a ‘stache next year. As for 2010, “The Naked Time” goes on at Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park, first two weekends of August. And if nothing else so far has piqued an interest, there’s the Outdoor Trek band, AKA The Redshirts. Did we mention diversity?—the theme song features a flute, an accordion, two acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies. It’s going to be a wild (spaceship) ride.
For more information, contact Joy DeLyria or Kris Hambrick at helloearthseattle@
gmail.com or visit www.helloearthproductions.org.