These Streets is a rock ‘n roll story inspired by women musicians in Seattle during the famed grunge years. This original piece of theatre is not a documentary but is based on over 40 interviews with the people who lived it. It is a gritty, funny and powerful fictional story where the characters’ past and present lives collide with their past and present music. The show is filled with music from that era, as well as a few new original songs by Gretta Harley and Sarah Rudinoff’s We Are Golden, all played and sung by the performers and a live band.
The story centers on five musicians who share a house in Seattle from 1989-1994. The audience meets these characters when they are young and full of excitement and optimism. We see the challenges they face as their tight-knit community unexpectedly explodes and their city becomes an international rock Mecca. We also meet the characters in the present; their stories evolving as much as the city around them. These Streets had its world premiere on February 21, 2013 at ACT Theatre in downtown Seattle for 12 public performances.
While the performance is the core of the project, These Streets also aims to illuminate the stories and music of the real life women rockers who were involved in the scene that changed a generation by creating an addendum to history with: an oral history project that will be archived at the Library of the University of Washington; a gallery exhibit at The Project Room (a non-profit interdisciplinary art space in Seattle) of collected memorabilia; and online resources such as Wikipedia and YouTube pages, musician biographies, recordings and discographies.
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Images: Photograph by David Leonard, 1989; Tess Lotta and Gretta Harley / Maxi Badd, © 1994 Elisa Shebaro Photography; Carrie Akre / Hammerbox by Kelly Evans