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The Fourth Wall is a tongue-in-cheek satire of art and American politics during the recent era of the George W. Bush administration, set in the suburban upstate New York home of an upper middle class couple. At its center is the tale of a frazzled suburban woman who rebels against the complacency of her friends, marriage, the government — even her living room furniture.
Disturbed by the state of current politics and sensing that some sort of audience exists beyond the parameters of her living room, suburbanite housewife Peggy rearranges her living room to assemble a stage set, in the hopes of breaking through to the other side. Her furniture now faces one wall — the “fourth wall” — which she has left bare (which is really the audience).
The Jewel Box Theatre presents A.R. Gurney’s satirical comedy, The Fourth Wall, which will run Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 27 through Feb. 11 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The theater is located at 225 Iverson St. in downtown Poulsbo. The show is directed by Island Theatre cofounder, Steve Stolee, directing for the first time at Jewel Box Theatre.
Gurney’s popular plays, including Love Letters, Sylvia, and The Dining Room, are often compared to the work of novelist John Cheever, their situational satire frequently centering around the foibles of the well-bred upper-middle-class and its supposed sophistication — which usually turns out to be anything but sophisticated. Often, there is a backdrop of war and collective suburban American angst. His plays are urbane, laced with literary and current-event references, but well written to suit a general audience. The Fourth Wall, for all its cultured framing, is full of laugh out loud gags and punch lines.
The cast includes Jim Alexander, as Roger; Shawna Fancher, as Julia; Kathy Currie, as Peggy; and Fred Saas, as Floyd.
Tickets are $16 adults, $14 seniors/students/military, and are available online at brownpapertickets.com (Search: Poulsbo); via e-mail at email@example.com; or by phone at (360) 697-3183. An opening weekend special of $9.99 is available for tickets purchased online only for the Jan. 27-29 performances. Season Presenting Sponsor: Liberty Bay Bank. More information at jewelboxpoulsbo.org.
Martha & Mary Kids is offering free p.m. care for new families at Wolfle Elementary School through Jan. 13.
Up to three sessions of p.m. care without payment of the registration fee or cost of care, new families only. Registration form must be filled out completely for Emergency Consent purposes. Martha & Mary Kids before and after-school programs are open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:45 to 6 p.m.; and early release Wednesdays from 2:55 to 6 p.m.
For more information stop by the portable (P9) and meet Ms. Kristin, or call our main office at 394-4089. Registration forms available at the portable, at the Wolfle main office, M&M Kids’ main office or online at www.marthaandmary.org
The Poulsbo City Council welcomes 2012 with a meeting tonight, Jan. 4, discussing a number of topics.
- Broadband utility
- Comprehensive Plan amendments
- Council Committee selection
The Port of Poulsbo will be holding its first meeting of 2012 tomorrow, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. Arnold ‘Arnie’ Bockus and James Rutledge will be taking their oaths of office; Rutledge defeated Bockus in the November election, but Bockus was appointed to departing Commissioner Glenn Gilbert’s seat. Antonio DeCarlo is currently Chairman, but a new Chairman may be appointed at the meeting.
The commission will also be discussing the parking lot, construction underway in the old armory lot; ‘C’ Dock project update, and the Shoreline Master Program.
The Board of Commissioners holds public meetings every first and third Thursday of the month, in the multipurpose room on ‘E’ Dock.
In the next two weeks, the City Council will begin reviewing the Shoreline Master Program update; various committees resume their work; and the Poulsbo Rotary Club meets in City Hall to discuss with the public their hope to bring a youth shelter to the city.
- Poulsbo Civil Service Commission, 3-4 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 200 NE Moe St., Poulsbo.
- Poulsbo Capital Improvement Plan Committee, 4-5 p.m., City Hall, 200 NE Moe St.
- Poulsbo Finance Committee, 5-7 p.m., City Hall, 200 NE Moe St. The committee considers matters related to the office of the city clerk, the finance department, city audits, personnel issues, and salaries and wages.
- Poulsbo City Council, 7-10 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 200 NE Moe St.
- Poulsbo Port Commission, 7 p.m., multipurpose room on E Dock, 18809 Front St., Poulsbo.
- Poulsbo Rotary Club 2:30 p.m., special meeting to discuss a new youth shelter, City Council chambers, 200 NE Moe St.
- Community Pool Advisory Committee, 6:30 p.m., North Kitsap Community Pool classroom, 1881 NE Hostmark Ave., in Poulsbo.
- Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, 7 p.m., Commissiowners Chambers, 614 Division St., Port Orchard.
- Poulsbo Tree Board, 7-9 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 200 NE Moe St., Poulsbo.
POULSBO — The holidays aren’t over yet! Through Jan. 8, head to Big Valley for more family fun, where a North Pole Village and over 62,000 lights are displayed. Ronald Comin created this “enchanted trail” six years ago at his home with partner Matthew Warden at 26730 Big Valley Road. The trail includes a model railroad, nativity scene and Santa’s workshop with elves. The trail is open Wednesday-Sunday 4:30-9:30 p.m. A one-time $5 donation is requested for visitors 12 years old and up.
Photos by Richard Walker / Herald.
A new group calling itself North Kitsap 99% has formed in solidarity with the growing Occupy movement. All people interested in action for progressive social change are welcome to North Kitsap 99% group’s general meetings, which are held biweekly at the Suquamish United Church of Christ, 18732 Division Avenue NE, Suquamish. The next general meeting will be on Jan. 9 from 7-9 p.m.
Inside the North Kitsap 99% are working groups that take on specific events and issues. On Jan. 5 at 7 p.m., the North Kitsap 99% Major Events working group will meet to plan a big community event in February, probably on President’s Day weekend, to widen participation in the movement. The North Kitsap 99% has about 40 people involved so far, but local individuals and organizations that have an affinity with the Occupy movement are urged to attend and take part.
Some initial ideas for the February event are to have speakers (lively ones) to talk about their experiences with the Occupy movement and to break out into interest group or open space activities. Attendees will have opportunities to participate in a General Assembly (grassroots democracy in action). Food, music and kid-friendly activities may also be part of the day. YES! Magazine‘s Sarah van Gelder is part of the working group and has offered to speak or lead a teach-in based upon her research and editing of the newly published book “This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement.”
Come on Jan. 5 and share ideas to help make this event spectacular. For more information about this meeting, contact Alice McCain at (360) 697-7878.
Think the lutefisk-eating contest is tough during Viking Fest? Try running around a Norwegian town square in your underwear. That’s what you might do, if you choose to apply to be on a successful Norwegian reality TV show — “Alt for Norge,” or The Great Norway Adventure.
The producers of Norway’s version of “Dancing With The Stars” and “American Idol” are returning to the U.S. for a third time to find fun, outgoing Americans with Norwegian ancestry to participate in season three of their enormously successful reality television series “Alt for Norge.”
O’Connor Casting Company is conducting a nationwide search for adventurous Americans with Norwegian ancestry (even a little bit counts) who are interested in auditioning. The series follows 12 Norwegian-Americans who fly to Norway and immerse themselves in the culture and compete in a series of extreme challenges that test their skills, courage and determination. The winner receives a cash prize of $50,000 and will meet Norwegian relatives they don’t even know exist.
Just go to http://oconnorcasting.tv/castingboard to download the application and submission information. They can also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
To view clip from Season Two go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mEEzsTnf50
“We’re looking for people who have a deep curiosity or passion for their Norwegian heritage, and want to have a life changing adventure,” said David O’Connor, director of casting at Chicago’s O’Connor Casting Company.
Season two winner Matt Rowe said there’s nothing like this experience in the world. “Sure the landscape was beautiful and the challenges were really exciting, but it’s the people who make Norway special.” He added, “And that’s something every cast member experienced because we were there for two weeks before anyone was eliminated.”
Most of the Poulsbo Police Department moved into its new City Hall digs Dec. 3-4. Some patrol officers remain at the Hostmark Street building while radio transmission continues to be tweaked. Deputy Chief Davis, with the new evidence lockers, said of the move, “It’s nice to work with everyone in the city.” The atmosphere is now more of a “team environment,” she said.
Comin, an architect, created this “enchanted trail” six years ago at their home at 26730 Big Valley Road. The trail includes a model railroad, nativity scene and Santa’s workshop with elves.
Comin began putting up lights in September, and plans to expand to over three acres in the next few years. The holiday-themed home was featured on “The Nate Berkus Show” (CBS) on Dec. 14.