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!

A Sneak Peek at the Cast of The Tumbleweed Zephyr!


We searched high and low, from the desert scrub of the High Plains to the back alleys of New Providence, to rustle up the finest folks in all the Western Territories! Pork Filled Productions is very proud to introduce the cast of The Tumbleweed Zephyr: Kevin Lin, Linnea Ingalls, Manuel Cawaling, Madison Jade Jones, Michael Blum, Tadd Morgan, Troy Lund, and Stephanie Kim-Bryan!
Stay tuned for more exciting updates on the show by visiting us on Facebook or keeping tuned to this website!

PFP presents a staged reading of YELLOW FEVER by Rick Shiomi

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2pm

Pocket Theater — 8312 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98103

All tickets are pay-what-you-can.

Yellow Fever by Rick Shiomi

Set in 1970s Vancouver, BC, hard-boiled detective Sam Shikaze investigates the mysterious disappearance of the Cherry Blossom Queen. With a knack for finding trouble, Sam gets entangled in politics, romance, racism, and the painful memories of Japanese-Canadian incarceration camps.

Under the direction of Jennifer Jasper, PFP presents a fresh new look at this classic Asian Canadian play with the twist of switching the main male roles to female protagonists, exploring the question of how gender plays into the standard expectations of the Noir genre.

Directed by

Jennifer Jasper

The Cast:

SAM SHIKAZE — Emily Jo Testa
NANCY WING — Christi Cruz
CHUCK CHAN — J Edward Lee
ROSIE — Celeste Mari Williams


Auditions for The Tumbleweed Zephyr

Pork Filled Productions is pleased to announce our Summer 2015 show, The Tumbleweed Zephyr. We are auditioning all ethnicities for the show, which is directed by Amy Poisson (These Streets, The Clockwork Professor, Fast Company) and written by Maggie Lee.

This Old West scf-fi adventure returns to the thrilling, steampunk-inspired universe of our 2013 production The Clockwork Professor. Two brothers, Atticus and Kai, climb aboard the Tumbleweed Zephyr, a transcontinental train headed out of New Providence for the wilds of the Western Territories. But what starts as a simple journey by rail soon takes an unexpected turn, with airship bandit raids, twists of fate, wayward sparks of romance, and the lonely call of a train whistle echoing across the clear desert sky. So grab your satchel and dust off your best traveling hat for this epic new summer adventure!.

The Tumbleweed Zephyr will be performed at the new 12th Avenue Arts on their mainstage, August 12 to 29.

Audition Information

Audition/Interview Dates:

  • Monday, March 2, starting at 6:30 pm;
  • Saturday, March 7, starting at 10 am.

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

  • Sunday, March 8, 2 pm to 7 pm

Please prepare two short contrasting monologues, dramatic and comedic, of any style.

Actors will be paid a stipend.

Where are auditions?

Auditions are at Prima Vera Arts Center (112 N. 5th Ave., across from KOMO Broadcasting, near Seatte Center). A map where auditions are held.


Please email with headshot and resume and to make an appointment for an audition.