New York-based contemporary theatre group 600 Highwaymen is in residency at On the Boards this month, crafting a new show called The Fever with the Seattle community. Luckily for us, that means we get to see a performance of their simple, sublime and widely acclaimed show Employee of the Year.
From the press release:
Five 10 year-old girls enter the stage and tell us the story of J., whose house burns down, leaving everyone and everything she has behind. From this moment, a singular journey begins. We follow J. throughout the entirety of her 80 years on planet Earth as she searches for her birth mother and her own identity in the process. What is the trajectory of one human life?
Simple, dancelike movement is coupled with the text, along with the tender, melancholy, and sometimes hilarious songs of Obie-award winning songwriter David Cale, sung a cappella. The arresting, spare theatrical style, the straightforward cast, and a universal, touching story have earned this piece rave reviews in the USA and Europe.
Tickets are $25 ($12 under 25); please note that while the show is performed by children, Employee of the Year is not theatre for children. Join OtB and 600 Highwaymen for a Studio Supper before their opening performance, or for a conversation with the creators following Friday’s performance.
600 Highwaymen’s Employee of the Year
When: Thursday-Saturday April 28-30, 8pm. Sunday May 1, 5pm.
Where: On the Boards (100 W Roy St)