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Short Stories Live: Rogue’s Christmas 2023

You Better Not Cry!

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Sun Dec 17, 2023
2:00 pm PST


The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Arts & Culture

Get ready to break free from traditional holiday narratives and join us for A Rogue’s Christmas at Town Hall Seattle!

A cherished Town Hall tradition, Rogue’s Christmas will light up even the most humbug of hearts with laughter, music, and merriment. Our stage will be adorned with unconventional holiday tales curated by Jean Sherrard, featuring mistletoe mishaps, hilarious encounters in the holly, and all the merry mayhem you never knew you needed. This festive evening will be an escapade of humor and heart reminding us that the holiday season is not just about the eggnog and the presents, but also about the laughter and stories we share. Join us in celebrating the unconventional spirit of the season!

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Julie Briskman has performed leading roles at Seattle Rep,(Sugar in TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and Vera in INDECENT) ACT Theatre (Sylvia Fowler in THE WOMEN and Linda in THE THIN PLACE. She is a co-founder and artistic producer of The Seagull Project where her roles have included Arkadina in THE SEAGULL, Olga in THE THREE SISTERS, and Ranevskaya in THE CHERRY ORCHARD. Julie is a proud recipient of the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship for career excellence in acting.


William Ontiveros has been active in Seattle Theater for over 40 years as an actor, director, and producer. He has worked on stage as well as in TV and film. William is very happy to be back at Town Hall



Marianne Owen has had a 40+ year professional acting career in regional theaters across the U.S. and has had the good fortune to have been in the acting companies of the Yale Rep., the Seattle Rep., and was a founding member of the American Repertory Theatre Co. with whom she acted in theatre festivals across Europe, Israel and on the Moscow Art Theatre stage. In Seattle, she’s worked for the past 30+ years at many of the major theatre companies and has been a part of Town Hall’s ROGUES’ CHRISTMAS readings many times. She’s delighted to be back on this stage once again.

Pineola (Rogue’s Band) is a melting pot of Country, R&B, Rock, and Folk. The five-piece band hails from Seattle but the members are all transplants from small American towns. They bring the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Coast, the Blue Mountains to the Olympic Range, the longleaf pine to the ponderosa. Lead singer Leslie Braly writes their songs: Leslie also plays acoustic guitar and is joined by John Owen (guitar), Josh Woods (bass), Ed Brooks (pedal steel), and Aimee Zoe (drums).

Jean Sherrard (curator) is a Seattle-based writer, director, actor, and photographer. He founded the Globe Radio Repertory, whose audio adaptations of literary classics appeared on NPR stations nationwide. With Paul Dorpat, he has produced several books of photographic history, as well as a video history of Bumbershoot for KCTS-9. Currently, he co-authors (with historian Clay Eals) the weekly Seattle Times column ‘Seattle Now & Then’. He is delighted to have curated and hosted the Christmas program of Short Stories Live for 16 years.

Ken Workman is a Native American from the Duwamish Tribe and 5th generation Grandson of Chief Seattle. He retired from The Boeing Company’s Flight Operations Engineering Group in 2015 where he worked as a Systems and Data Analyst. He is a Council member of the Duwamish Tribe and a Board Member of Duwamish Tribal Services, the non-profit arm of the Duwamish Tribe. Ken can be found throughout the city from Town Halls to Universities speaking his indigenous language. Ken lives in Seattle with his wife professor emeriti Dr. BJ Bullert (PhD).


Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

This is part of the Short Stories Live Series

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About the Director

Short Stories Live Director Jane Kaplan is a producer and director whose professional work has graced Seattle’s stages for decades including as a collaborator/director for ACT’s Pinter Fortnightly Reading Series from 2009-2012.

She has been the driving force behind The Rendezvous and Jewelbox Theater for over 20 years providing artists a public stage to present new work and build community. Jane holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Note: Humble Beginnings and Rogue’s Christmas are curated separately from the rest of the series.