These Streets: Seattle's Women of Rock

7 Year Bitch, Photo by Lucy Hanna
7 Year Bitch, Photo by Lucy Hanna

UPDATE: Check out this multimedia Presentation about 4Culture supported These Streets now on KUOW.

These Streets
February 22 – March 10, 2013 – 8:00 pm
ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Tickets: $15- $30
*Show contains loud music, adult language and situations and is suitable for ages 14+

Where were you in 1990? I was a Cornish art student by day and by night I lived for music. I moved between the Off Ramp, the Vogue, Squid Row, OK Hotel and garage spaces from Beacon Hill to Olympia. I’m sure this is why These Streets, a play inspired by the women rock musicians of Seattle’s grunge years has me so excited.

Gretta Harley received a 4Culture Art Projects award to spearhead and write These Streets. As a guitarist and band member of the era, including Maxi Badd, she worked with many of the women now honored in this play. Harley enlisted actress, singer and writer Sarah Rudinoff, along with playwright and performer, Elizabeth Kenny to pull source material from more than 40 interviews conducted with and about the many women who were integral to the Seattle music scene of the late 1980s to early 1990s.

This original piece of theatre is not a documentary, but 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 the era including songs from 66 Saints, 7 Year Bitch, Bell, Capping Day, Faster Tiger, The Gits, Hammerbox, Kristen Barry, and Maxi Badd. There are also a few original songs in the show written by Harley and Rudinoff who collaborate as songwriters with their band We Are Golden. The live music score will be led by Harley, with a band that includes Ron Nine (Love Battery), Fiia McGann (Goodness), and Mitch Ebert (Landlord’s Daughter),

While the performance is the core of the project, These Streets also aims to illuminate the stories and music of the real life women who were involved in the scene that changed a generation by creating an addendum to history with a filmed oral history project that will be archived at the Library of the University of Washington; a gallery exhibit at The Project Room; and added online resources for the bands such as Wikipedia and YouTube pages.

It just might be time for me to live for music again.