Pirates: Cast Adrift

Pirates: Cast Adrift takes up where Pirates left off two years ago:  The crew of the Adventure Galley are about to pounce on their treasure-laden target, when another ship shows up to steal their prize from them.  It’s the vile crew of the Invidious Squid, attempting a hostile take-over!  The brave buccaneers of the Adventure Galley aren’t about to take this lying down!  No!  They get on their feet—and start fighting with each other!  This isn’t going to be an easy takeover.

Meanwhile, Robert Culliford, the central character, continues his voyage of self-discovery with the beautiful Mermaid as his guide, while the conniving Ensign Crunch attempts to gain control of the pirate boardroom, all this and the hijinks of Hotshot the Monkey.  It’s a mutiny within a mutiny within a mutiny, and when the double-dealing is done it all adds up to hilarity on the high seas.

Show Time: 7/21/12 @ 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Ticket Price: $10 and free for kids 12 and under with an adult.

Where: Labyrinth Garden, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15 Roy Street, Seattle

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Sam (The Devil Herself)

November 4 and November 5, 2011

A ratty, malnourished fringe theatre company in the guise of a modern-day commedia dell’arte troupe meets up with the Devil Herself, and from there it’s a fire sale, as Harlequin and his pals retell the History of the World in order to save the soul of Humankind.

Harlequin, the leader of a struggling, underappreciated theatre troupe—Boy, who does that sound like!—shoots dice with an attractive Satan and loses his throw. Satan is about to rake in Harlequin’s soul along with those of the rest of the company, plus all their assets, when she takes a liking to Harlequin’s protege, Scapino. So she agrees to give the gang one more chance: If they can prove to her the worthiness of humankind, she’ll absolve the gambling debt. From there, it’s a hilarious—if at times distorted—history of the world—at least the highlights (or, more accurately, the low-lights). An original comedy about Unoriginal Sin.

Pirates; Summer 2009 and 2010


Pirates of the Caribbean met the Dilbert comic strip

In 2009 and 2010, “Pirates of the Caribbean” met the Dilbert comic strip in our action packed comedy of bad manners, a treasure of a tale that had people talking around ye office water barrel for months afterward.

The dramatis personae featured Captain Kidd, leading a crew of rascals, of both the fair and the unfair gender, plus an adorable monkey, a mermaid, and The Last Dodo.

The sword fighting and the laughs were nonstop, and so popular was that show, originally named “Ye Tragick Tale of Ye Dread Pirate Robert Culliford & Ye Giant Spotted Grouper,” that the pirates came back–under the mercifully shortened title of “Pirates.”

New Adventure for “Pirates” in 2012

No ordinary sea story, you may recognize our pirates in the offices, factories, and construction sites where you work.  We’ve had successful runs of our first “Pirates” script for the last couple of summers, but look for new adventures for our pirates in the summer of 2012.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow–Right Off the Pages; October 2009

As part of Theatre Puget Sound’s Live Theatre Week, in 2009, Umbrella performed this original script, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow—Right Off the Pages, as a staged reading with puppetry and costumes, and sound effects from the early days of radio.  A spooky suburban legend from the early days of America’s history with a hint of modern TV police procedural.

This short version of the famous story was Umbrella’s first time casting young kids as part of the action.