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Taproot's 2014 season includes 'Jane Eyre,' lost Milne comedy

August 14, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 14--Taproot Theatre has announced a 2014 season roster that includes a musical based on Charlotte Bront 's classic novel "Jane Eyre," as well as a little-known play by Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne.

The long-established Greenwood playhouse's lineup begins next January with the "recently rediscovered" Milne comedy, "Mr. Pim Passes By."(Jan. 29-March 1, 2014).

It continues with "In the Book Of" by John Walch, about an American soldier and her trusted Afghan translator (March 26-April 26); "Diana of Dobson," a romantic comedy by Cicely Hamilton from 1908, about a strapped young woman who suddenly comes into a small inheritance (May 14-June14); and the Broadway musical "Jane Eyre," the John Caird-Paul Gordon adaptation of Bronte's timeless story of a governess who falls for her mysterious employer (July 9-Aug. 9).

The Taproot season closes with "The Fabulous Lipitones" by John Markus and Mark St. Germain, a comedy focused on a barbershop quartet desperate to find a new tenor (Sept. 17-Oct. 18).

All shows will be presented in Taproot's 226-seat mainstage theater. The company will soon expand its operation into a second 119-seat "black-box" theater, new administrative offices and a cafe currently under construction in an adjacent building on North 85th Street.

The building was gutted in an arson fire in 2009, and Taproot producing artistic director and co-founder Scott Nolte said some aspects of the major renovation will be done this month, with others completed over the next few months.

"In the fall we'll be moving the staff into the office areas," he explained, adding that the public spaces would "have a slower rollout."

Nolte says decisions are still being made about the Taproot-managed cafe. "We want to complement the other coffee houses and restaurants here in Greenwood, and create goodwill with our patrons, and our community."

Programming for the second theater is still being hammered out, and will likely include play-development projects and activities relating to the company's acting studio. Because Taproot is a small operation, noted Nolte, "We don't want to exhaust the staff by growing too fast."

Subscribers can renew their Taproot subscriptions now, and new subscriptions will be available in October. Single tickets go on sale in January 2014. More information: 206-781-9707 or www.taproottheatre.org.

Misha Berson: mberson@seattletimes.com

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