STG: The People’s Theatre

THING 2019 (photo by Christine Mitchell)

In August, KPTZ celebrates Seattle Theatre Group (STG), a non-profit arts organization with a vision to be “The people’s theatre.” STG’s own Adam Zacks, the producer of Sasquatch! Musical Festival, created THING, a unique music and arts event at historic Fort Worden in Port Townsend.  “Everyone is welcome at THING,” Adam Zacks says. “It’s important to impact culture and be thoughtful with our choices around who we program. We want everyone to be able to see a version of themselves onstage.”   THING is happening Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 at Fort Worden State Park. 

Attendees can enjoy presentations by tribal storytellers Elaine Grinnell and Delbert Miller in partnership with SAMA: Sacred Music & Art. They can also dance to the music of Jungle, Modest Mouse, Father John Misty, Goose, Sparks, Freddie Gibbs, José González, Reignwolf, and more. Performances will also include comedian Jerrod Carmichael, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and artists from STG’s Education & Community Engagement programs. Scott Freiman will deconstruct the Beatles Revolver in a multimedia presentation and journalist/author Marcus J. Moore will interview Jazz is Dead. The Future is 0, a satirical, live game show will put artist-contestants through a variety of mental, physical, and psychological challenges.

At THING, people can choose from a variety of different fare from food vendors, participate in a paper lantern parade, and explore Architects of Air’s Luminarium—a maze with saturated color and a sensory soundscape.

THING is designed to have something for everyone. There is no admission fee for children under 12 and the festival is prioritizing accessibility and inclusivity. Half the artists identify as Black, Indigenous, or as People of Color. One will find ASL interpretation, sensory areas, and dance classes – including for people of different mobility levels.  STG thanks Fort Worden Hospitality, the Port Townsend community, the artists, volunteers and of course, THING attendees for their support. For more information, go to thingnw.org.