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Just in time for Halloween, Pork Filled Productions brings the spooks and scares with the staged reading of THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL, a new play by Prince Gomolvilas, on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30pm at the Pocket Theatre!

The Brothers Paranormal is a comedy/horror mix. Two Thai-American brothers launch a ghost-hunting business in order to capitalize on the nationwide increase in sightings of Asian-looking ghosts. When the siblings end up investigating the home of a couple that claims to
be haunted by one very terrifying spirit, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth.

Director David Gassner is scary-good with our terrifyingly talented cast, Manuel Cawaling, Mariko Kita, Kevin Lin, Anna Saephan, Selena Whitaker-Paquiet, and Bob Williams. (See what I did there?)

THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL performs on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30pm at Pocket Theater – 8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. Tickets are pay-what-you-can online and at the door.

See you at the show!

Getting a Little Love From The Gregory Awards…

It’s nomination season for The Gregory Awards, Seattle’s local answer to the Tonys and Oscars.  But despite our size, Pork Filled still gets our share of praise from both the the official nominators and from the general theatre audience. Here are a few samples:

Brad Walker (H) – Fast Company, Pork Filler Players / Productions A fun actor that draws you into the story with every action and word.
Pork Filled Players/Productions This team of producers shows up consistently and does good work. They are great to work for and support women and minorities in the arts. They have an agenda but it does not supersede doing good work. The best people for the job and roles. They are great.
Sara Porkalob I wish Sara Porkalob could be nominated for her one-woman show. It was GREAT.
Sara Porkalob (Blue) – Fast Company, Pork Filler Players / Productions Outstanding work in a wide variety of roles.
Sara Porkalob (Dandelion) – Bunnies, Annex Theatre Broke my heart every time.
Sara Porkalob (Dandelion) – Bunnies, Annex Theatre Ferocious, funny, and commanding — and what a voice! Sara is a powerhouse singer and a joy to watch.
Sara Porkalob (Dandelion) – Bunnies, Annex Theatre Sara is a powerhouse singer and performer. It was wonderful to see her perform.
Various Pork Filled Productions, Macha Monkey, Brown Box, The Hansberry Project, SIS, ReAct. Pradhwathi – help keep us honest about how we could be better

Favorite production/production Elements:
“Fast Company – really smart, flexible set design utilizing lighting and short film clips to cleverly simulate a beer sliding down a bar, etc. Also a flexible piece that became the front of a brownstone with a flip and a backlit scrim, then became a side table, etc.”

“I thought using white textured panels and projections of photographs to make the scenic backdrop worked really well. Small theatres don’t have large budgets for scenic design and I thought this worked well. Then they brought in a bench or chairs and table or whatever furniture elements were needed”

“This is one of the most creative and deceptively simple sets I’ve ever seen. I absolutely loved the projected backdrops combined with simple set pieces to instantly set time and place. The stairs in front of the apartment were awesome. AND, the video in the bar was outstanding. Other small theatres should totally emulate this design. Fantastic!”

Sound Design: Fast Company
“Well done, supported the play, set the mood & tone. Well executed.”

Check out the comments here. And here.

Congratulations to Kevin Lin!

Hearty congratulations are in order for Kevin Lin, who you may remember from our 2014 production Fast Company, and returns to the PFP stage in a leading role as Atticus Hernandez in The Tumbleweed Zephyr!
Kevin has earned a well-deserved Elly Award Nomination for Leading Male Actor for his performance in The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet at the Community Asian Theater of the Sierras. This outstanding production nabbed eight nominations for the Elly Awards, which celebrate exceptional theatre in the greater Sacramento area. Kevin was also in the original production of Hotel, which had its 2012 world premiere at Book-It Theatre in Seattle.
Please join us in wishing him the best of luck with the Elly Awards, and catch him on stage with the rest of the passengers on The Tumbleweed Zephyr, opening  August 14!

The epic new steampunk adventure rides the rails August 14 to 29!


(12th Avenue Arts is in the top-right quadrant.)

The play:

Two brothers, Atticus and Kai, climb aboard the Tumbleweed Zephyr, a transcontinental train headed from New Providence for the wilds of the Western Territories. But what starts as a simple journey by rail soon veers off-track, with airship bandits, twists of fate, wayward sparks of romance and the lonely call of a train whistle echoing across the clear desert sky.

The performances:
  • Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm,
  • Sundays at 2 pm and
  • Monday Pay-What-You-Can Industry Nights at 8pm
  • Special staged readings of The Clockwork Professor on Wednesday Aug 19 and Aug 26 at 7:30pm
The tickets (in advance):
  • $15 General Admission
  • $12 Student/Senior/TPS
  • $50 Double Date Deal – Four (4) tickets

Brown Paper Tickets — BUY NOW at

The tickets (at the door):
  • $18 General Admission,
  • $15 Student/Senior/TPS.
  • $10 for Thrifty Thursday performances
  • Pay-What-You-Can for Industry Night Monday performances
  • $5 for Teen Tix members

Quick one-sheet summary here!

(Explore the world of New Providence)(And, what is steampunk, anyway?)

The cast:

Michael Blum, Manuel Cawaling, Linnea Ingalls, Madison Jade Jones, Stephanie Kim-Bryan, Kevin Lin, Troy Lund and Tadd Morgan.


Cast bios here!

The Tumbleweed Zephyr is rated PG-13 for suggestive dialogue and combat situations. For more information, please email Pork Filled Productions at

The Tumbleweed Zephyr is fueled by 4Culture and the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and is powered by Shunpike.

Kickstart the Zephyr!

Help Kickstart The Tumbleweed Zephyr!
The scripts are printed, the actors are set to start rehearsals, our director is blocking out scenes on paper, and our designers are hard at work creating a stylish steampunk-inspired world for The Tumbleweed Zephyr. The train is pulling up to the station, ready to load up on supplies for our grand journey together. What else do we need?
We need YOUR support! Pork Filled Productions has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 for space rental costs,

A little behind the scenes work from the PR photoshoot, featuring actors, producers and designers. Photo by Joe Iano Photography.

costumes, props and sets. We want to stretch every penny to make this the best show we possibly can, and with your help, we can create a truly spectacular theatrical experience together.

We are offering some smashing backer rewards, including poster giveaways, VIP tickets, and more. Also, thanks to the power of Shunpike, a portion of your donation is tax deductible. Be sure to check our video, transmitted via the latest technology by a couple of old acquaintances from New Providence!
Our Kickstarter campaign only runs until Friday, July 17, so don¹t delay! Support our Kickstarter here.
UPDATE! As of Monday, July 6, we are at $3,716, and 11 days to go!

Buy tickets HERE!

Use this handy dandy reference post to buy tickets and otherwise plan your trip from Seattle to New Providence to see The Tumbleweed Zephyr!

Buying tickets

Tickets purchased in advance are

  • $15 General Admission
  • $12 Student/Senior/TPS

Buy them NOW at Brown Paper Tickets, at BPT.pdf

There is also a Double Date Deal (four Advance General Admissions for $50) for folks who want to enjoy the show with a few friends.

Tickets at the door are

  • $18 General Admission,
  • $15 Student/Senior/TPS.
  • Mondays are Industry PWYC
  • Thrifty Thursdays are $10TeenTix_logo
  • PFP also participates in Teen Tix

Parking for 12th Avenue Arts

Need parking on Capitol Hill? (That’s a joke; you ALWAYS need parking on the Hill). Use this handy dandy map, which shows where the parking lots are and what they cost approximately at night:

12th Ave Map

(But be aware! The city is planning to close off streets to cars during selected weekend days! Check back here to see when they are!)

Eating on Capitol Hill

Looking for places to eat before the show? Try these (but there ARE plenty of places to eat):

  • Gnocchi Bar (1542 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)
  • U:Don (1640 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)
  • Skillet Diner (1400 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98122) – one of the best chicken sandwiches in the city

Drinking on Capitol Hill

What would be a night out without a bar or place for some late night eating? Here are some traditional spots:

  • Rancho Bravo (1001 E Pine St); a favorite for excellent Mexican tacos and burritos (also available for catering weddings)
  • Barrio Mexican Kitchen (1420 12th Ave.); great appetizers and mixed drinks!

PFP Artists in Intiman¹s Emerging Artists Program

Intiman Theatre Festival¹s Emerging Artists Program is an 8-week summer training program from one of Seattle¹s venerable theatres. The program gives young theatre artists in Seattle detailed insight into the professional theatre industry, and helps to prepare them to become successful members of the Seattle arts community.
PFP artists Kevin Lin, Melissa Slaughter, Linnea Ingalls and Brad Walker are all participating in this intensive program, and Maggie Lee, author of The Tumbleweed Zephyr, will be mentoring one of their playwrights.
Check out these rising stars at Intiman¹s Emerging Artist Showcase on August 4-6 at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center! For more information, visit

SpiceBox Passport opens up a world of theater

Seattle theater is running full steam ahead this summer with one of the most diverse line-ups the city has ever seen. To see more shows without breaking the bank, you’ll want to check out the list of theaters participating in the SpiceBox Passport.

What is the SpiceBox Passport?

So glad you asked! The SpiceBox Passport is a way for you, the generous and supportive theater-goer, to see more plays and get discounted tickets from participating theater companies.

How do I get this discount?

First, you get your tickets for your first show by one of the participating theaters.

Then, you will receive the discount code that you can use to purchase tickets for any of the other participating theaters.

Which theater companies are part of                 SpiceBox Passport?

What are the plays I can see this summer?

SOUND Theatre presents …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi by Marcus Gardley


ACT Theatre presents Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata
Freehold’s Engaged Theatre presents Emboldened/Unsung Jazz Heroes
  • July 23 – August 3 at Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave S, Seattle WA 9810
  • Tickets can be purchased here:


Pratidhwani presents Dance Like a Man by Mahesh Dattani
REBATEnsemble presents Rashomon [reloaded]
  • July 30-August 2 and August 6-9 at South Lake Union Park
  • All performances are pay-what-you-can but a $10 donation guarantees a seat ($5 with student ID)


SIS Productions presents Paper Angels by Genny Lim
SOUND Theatre and Pratidhwani present Indian Ink by Tom Stoppard


Pork Filled Productions presents The Tumbleweed Zephyr  by Maggie Lee
  • August 14-29 at 12th Ave Arts Mainstage
  • Tickets can be purchased here:
Thriving Artists presents The Passion as Told by Antígona Pérez by Luis Rafael Sánchez
The New Alchemists presents Eaten Voices by Lavinia Roberts



Clockwork Encore logo

Craving more steampunk adventure after The Tumbleweed Zephyr? Return to the world of New Providence with special encore readings of The Clockwork Professor by Maggie Lee!

Pork Filled Productions presents two chances to see this special staged reading of The Clockwork Professor on Wednesdays, August 19 and 26, at 7:30 pm at the Mainstage of 12th Avenue Arts (1620 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA), featuring some members of the original multicultural cast from our 2013 production.

Professor Seamus Pemberton is a humble inventor, a quiet man of science. But as political unrest sweeps over the great city of New Providence, buried secrets erupt from his past to threaten everything that he holds dear, and perhaps even the Crown itself!

Admission is FREE with a valid ticket stub from The Tumbleweed Zephyr,  or $5 at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets:

The Tumbleweed Zephyr isn’t a direct sequel to The Clockwork Professor, but it’s all connected” says PFP Executive Director Roger Tang. “With our remount of this reading, the audience can catch those connections and further explore the New Providence universe.  So if you missed Clockwork the first time, or just want to see it again, now’s your chance!”


Hugo Award Winner Phil Foglio to Illustrate TUMBLEWEED ZEPHYR Poster

T-minus three months until The Tumbleweed Zephyr opens at 12th Ave Arts!

foglios01The gang at Pork Filled Productions is excited to announce that Hugo Award winning creator and steampunk guiding light, Phil Foglio, will be illustrating The Tumbleweed Zephyr poster (with Kaja Foglio and Cheyenne Wright). Phil created the poster for our first trip to New Providence, The Clockwork Professor, and we’re happy to get to work with him again.

Folks may know him as the famed creator of the web comic Girl Genius ( Others know he’s  the creator of Buck Godot, Zap Gun for Hire. Still others know he was behind the long running What’s New with Phil & Dixie for Dragon Magazine and TSR Games. (And only the exceeding mad know him for all three, plus his DC Comics work).

cropped-blog_headerThe PFP team shot the breeze with the Foglios on their Girl Genius podcast. We  come in at the 8:30 mark. Careful listeners can glean a special surprise we’re planning to unleash with the Zephyr production.

So tune in the podcast, check out the latest page for Girl Genius and start counting the days until The Tumbleweed Zephyr!