RoboPop at Washington Ensemble Theater

“Exhilarating! . . . especially poignant . . . a fun time for all . . . somehow both ancient and futuristic. . . the audience is invited to leave expectations behind and surrender as if in a trance.”
–    Seattle Times

“Who but WET would challenge themselves, or their audience, with something as devilishly dark, low-tech, and delicious as this? . . . RoboPop! was created by the ensemble and further cements WET’s reputation in the top tier of theater artists working in the city today. . . . RoboPop! is a cultural Rorschach test well worth taking”
–    Seattle Weekly

“WET’s production of their new, “ensemble generated” work, RoboPop! . . . has firmly planted itself in the heavenly sphere. RoboPop! is an exciting, charming, brilliantly designed and performed piece of alternative theater and a must see event for anyone who loves innovative and original live theater. . . . As for the actors, they all shine. This is very much an ensemble show. It is a tour de force for the actors.” Best of 2010 Article: “barely a day goes by that I don’t wish I could see it again.”
–    Seattle Gay Scene

“Under flashing strobe lights and thumping techno, I turned to look at the elderly man sitting next to me at the opening night performance of RoboPop! And he was smiling. A slight smile, to be sure, maybe a smirk. But it was a sign of contentment if I’ve ever seen one. And that’s how it is with Washington Ensemble Theatre’s latest show, an 80-minute music video onstage that threatens to be too esoteric (there’s no dialogue), but manages to appeal to everyone with its sweet—not saccharine—storyline and outstanding tech elements. The whole show . . . is fresh, creative, and professional. In other words, exactly what I’ve come to expect from WET.”
–    Seattle Metropolitan

[RoboPop! will] restore your faith in the future of modern theater. . . . RoboPop! most certainly is one of the hottest tickets in town, and it would show great shortcomings in one’s personality if they didn’t at least make an attempt to attend a showing; you won’t be disappointed.”
–    Teen Tix

“. . . since 2004, [WET] has created some of—no, the most exciting theater in Seattle.”
–    The Stranger

“Some of the freshest theatre in the Pacific Northwest”
–    American Theatre Magazine

“Think Daft Punk meets Romeo and Juliet; it’s part dance party, part rock
concert, part theatre performance and all fun. If you’re not into dancing,
you’ve got to see this show just to view the costumes (especially a bear-dress
by Heidi Ganser), set (off-kilter forced perspective by Andrea Bryn Bush) and
lighting (a design that would rival any Dave Matthews concert by Amiya Brown).
It is definitely some of the most creative and well-designed work I’ve seen on
stage in a long time. The video design by Wes Hurley actually changes the shape
of the set like some kind of theatrical acid trip. And then, there’s the music.
Wow. Just wow. A blend of some of the best pop and electronica combined with original
scoring from sound designer Brendan Patrick Hogan. Get your tickets now,
because the show has been selling out since opening weekend. If you have half
as much fun as the RoboPop! actor/dancers (John Abramson, Noah Benezra, Hannah
Victoria Franklin, Ali el-Gasseir, Libby Matthews, Mary Bliss Mather, Jillia
Pessenda, Erin Pike and Mickey Rowe) seem to be having, then you are sure to
leave the theatre doing a little dance of your own, or maybe starting a teddy
bear fight in the streets, but to understand this reference, you’ll have to see
the show. I’ll leave that up to you.”
–    Seattle Scenester

About Mickey Rowe

Mickey Rowe was the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone in the Tony Award winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and one of the first autistic actors to get to play any autistic character. He has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, Teen Vogue, Playbill, NPR, CNN, Huffington Post, Salon, has keynoted at organizations including Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Yale School of Drama, and more. He is completing his MFA in Artistic Leadership. Mickey has worked with Syracuse Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Seattle Opera, SCT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Ashland New Plays Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Midnight Projects, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is a juggler, stilt walker, unicyclist, hat manipulator, acrobat, and more. Mickey Rowe is co executive director of National Disability Theatre.
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