Jess Allan and Robert McConkey in The Physician in Spite of Himself

TAO Visits The Physician in Spite of Himself

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS In December, when most theaters are doing holiday shows, Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) presents Molière’s 17th-century farce The Physician in Spite of Himself. TAO’s version of the French comedy, as adapted by Philip Wickstrom and the TAO collective and directed by Pug Bujeaud, is set in Louisiana in the …

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An Improbable Peck of Plays

An Improbable Peck of Plays 5

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS An Improbable Peck of Plays turns five this year, presented by Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance in the Midnight Sun. Created in 2012, this annual event offers a series of locally written and produced short plays. This fall’s lineup includes eight productions, helmed by directors …

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Debbie Barho Sampson and Ryan Holmberg in TAO's An Improbable Peck of Plays

A Helping Hand to Theater Artists Olympia

As OLY ARTS reported in August, Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) is in dire need of monetary donations to help launch its 2016-2017 season and maintain the scrappy troupe’s home, the Midnight Sun Performance Space. TAO has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds toward a desired nest egg of $30,000. The group has also announced …

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Words, Words, Words: Science Fiction

Words, Words, Words Goes Back to the Future

Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) will present an evening of science fiction in the Midnight Sun Performance Space. This event marks the sixth installment in the ongoing series Words, Words, Words, a sardonic quotation from Hamlet. Full disclosure: This collection of sci-fi classics was curated by OLY ARTS‘ managing editor, Christian Carvajal, himself a published author …

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Scott Douglas and supporters in TAO's Seven Ways to Get There

Fall Shows From Theater Artists Olympia

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) has announced its fall 2016 stage offerings exclusively to OLY ARTS. As it has for the past four years, the end of summer will bring An Improbable Peck of Plays to the Midnight Sun Performance Space, TAO’s home since April 2014. This evening of short, …

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Stephen King

Words, Words, Words (Contemporary Horror) from TAO

Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) presents The Midnight Sun’s semi-monthly aural celebration, Words, Words, Words, in August. The August installment highlights “Contemporary Horror: The Darkest Minds of the 20th Century.” The aim of the Words, Words, Words series, according to TAO, is to “share and give voice to exciting pieces of literature by the writers who’ve had an …

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Christopher Rocco, Mark Alford and Alayna Chamberland in The Credeaux Canvas at TAO

Theater Artists Olympia

Theater Artists Olympia (TAO, pronounced “dao”) has been committed to making accessible, underrepresented, and “untamed” theater for the Olympia and greater Thurston County community since 2003. TAO is operated and maintained solely by a volunteer Board of Directors and staff dedicated to the company’s mission and vision to produce great theater. TAO’s avant-garde productions include …

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