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THE NANCE

Oct 26 – Nov 19 2017

Richard Gray as Chauncey Miles in The Nance. Photo by John McLellan.

October 26 – November 19, 2017

★ LIMITED ENGAGEMENT ★

★ FINAL WEEKEND OF PERFORMANCES ★

By Douglas Carter Beane

Directed by Mathew Wright

Set in the beating heart of the naughty, raucous world of 1930s burlesque, THE NANCE brings to life an American era when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay. Chauncey Miles performs as a “nance”, a popular comedy act packed with double entendre and camp parodies of gay men. While most “nance” actors are straight, Chauncey is not, and – at a time when gay communities were subject to police raids and moral outrage – Chauncey is left with no choice but to hide his identity while he mocks it onstage.

Reviews of ArtsWest’s production of The Nance

“Director Mathew Wright has done it again! He’s establishing a record of hit after hit at ArtsWest. This one is an especially powerful show that captures all our emotions. Funny? Oh indeed, it’s full of laughs and gaiety, but you may also find yourself wiping away a tear or two.” – Arts Stage – Seattle Rage

“THE NANCE is a definite must-see production…a magical mix of theatre, hilarious comedy show, and burlesque all rolled into one unforgettable experience.” – Seattle Gay News

Run time is approx. 2.5 hours with an intermission.

* Content advisory: this play features full nudity.

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Cabaret Seats

10 Cabaret Tables for Two are available for each performance of The Nance, staged as shown in the diagram below. Cabaret Tables, available for only $125, seat two and include a complimentary bottle of wine.

Diagram of THE NANCE seating: 10 Cabaret Tables distributed around the stage

October 26 – November 19, 2017

★ LIMITED ENGAGEMENT ★

By Douglas Carter Beane

Set in the beating heart of the naughty, raucous world of 1930s burlesque, THE NANCE brings to life an American era when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay. Chauncey Miles performs as a “nance”, a popular comedy act packed with double entendre and camp parodies of gay men. While most “nance” actors are straight, Chauncey is not, and – at a time when gay communities were subject to police raids and moral outrage – Chauncey is left with no choice but to hide his identity while he mocks it onstage.

“A heartfelt period piece about coded and censored gay life in 1930s New York…this is Beane’s finest straight (well, straight-acting) play since THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED.” —Time Out (New York)


 

Cast

Richard Gray – Chauncey Miles

Jeff Steitzer – Efram

Drew Highlands – Ned

Ann Cornelius – Sylvie

Jasmine Jean Sim – Carmen

Diana McQueen – Joan

 

Creative Team

Directed by Mathew Wright

Stage Manager – Teresa Mitcheletti

Music Director – John Lehrack

Choreographer – Shadou Mintrone

Lighting Designer – Tristan Roberson

Costume Designer – Kelsey Rogers

Scenic Designer – Lex Marcos

Properties Master – Andrea Spraycar

Sound Designer – Haley Parcher