That wailing you heard rising from Seattle’s theater community last Dec. 5 was a cry of pain at the announcement that Marya Sea Kaminski would be leaving Seattle Repertory Theatre after three years as associate artistic director to take the position of artistic director for Pittsburgh Public Theater…
…the show was an absolute delight from beginning to end… It’s an experience I will treasure in my theatrical heart for years to come…
This version of the cherished old tale is a very special production… It all sounds a bit messy and contrived but the result is actually charmingly clever and warmly enthusiastic.
The delight on Marya Sea Kaminski’s face is contagious. After five months of waiting, the associate artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre has just heard back from the Dead Baby Bike Club, and they’re in to play a group of aggro romantic suitors in the Rep’s mammoth, community-focused reimagining of The Odyssey, which Kaminski is directing. This cadre of thoughtful hooligans, a biker gang on actual bicycles, is perfect casting.
Guided by director Marya Sea Kaminski, they clearly had their synchronized moves down, having spent the last year acquiring the theatrical know-how to be among the 100-plus cast members for this latest Rep production. It will be one of the Rep’s most unusual, demanding undertakings: a musical-drama based on Homer’s ancient Greek saga “The Odyssey,” which will have four performances at the Bagley Wright, starting tonight.
It’s not ‘here’s some theater, you’re welcome,’ ” Kaminski said. She chose “The Odyssey” as the Rep’s first iteration of its Public Works Project because “it’s about how to find home, how to welcome a stranger, and it’s a veterans’ story. I hope people will feel at home in the theater.
…Gorgeously sharp… Kaminski and her team give us a glimpse into the heart of the never-ending tension between people like Seth who want to help others and people who merrily plunder.
Dry Powder takes the audience into the elite world of high finance and risk, where the line between “good” and “bad” is blurred with the prospect of money. At Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Leo K stage, director Marya Sea Kaminski perfectly blends comedy and drama to keep her audience laughing, yet thoughtful…. As a novice to theatre in general, this showing blew my socks off… Witty and daring, Dry Powder is a must-see, especially in our political environment. Grab your friends, family, and arrogant money-loving colleagues for a night out in finance.
Shaun Scott Screens his New Movie, with a Twitter Twist – City Arts Magazine, Tony Kay, 2014.
…Marya Sea Kaminski likewise delivers sterling work as Meryl’s therapist (her dialogue-free scene, listening to an NPR-style broadcast while she breaks down emotionally, is the movie’s most powerful moment).”
Genre Bender: A Melting Pot of the Performing Arts – Seattledances.com, Ciara McCormack, 2014.
In the most rollicking success of the night, Kaminski and Mitchell played a delightfully dystopian couple putting on a happy face for their party guests and ever-present camera crew. With make-up and hair crews at the ready, the couple struggled to maintain their perfect image, turning insults into jokes and fondly twinkling their fingers at each other with plastered smiles. Even as their spectacle inevitably devolved into increasingly violent outbursts of pent-up anger and resentment, they recovered themselves with banter dripping with self-aware sarcasm: “Come, let’s be superficial,” Kaminiski quipped after a monologue revealing her discontent. Marvelously, they highlighted exactly what makes such a life seem both sinister and glamorously amusing.”
Preview: City Art’s Genre Bender – The Stranger, Brendan Kiley, 2014.
Other Desert Cities’: A Family’s Personal, and Political, Pain -The Seattle Times, Misha Berson, 2013
Ordinary Madness: Podcast Interview between Steve Barker and MSK about Riddled – Ordinary Madness, 2012
Best of 2012 in Seattle Arts -Seattle Metropolitan Magazine; Laura Dannen, Seth Sommerfeld and Sheila Farr; 2012
Best performance by a Seattle actress – Marya Sea Kaminski in Riddled at Richard Hugo House. It wasn’t a traditional theater, and it was far from a traditional show (whiskey shots and PBR were served, and every audience member handled an unloaded M1 carbine before entering). But as the writer and star of the rock musical—which wove memoir with stories of Bonnie and Clyde—Kaminski was electrifying: a Debbie Harry with a gun fetish and a dark past…”
Please See Riddled Before it Closes -Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Laura Dannen, 2012
In her new rock musical Riddled, Kaminski walks the line between fact and fiction, weaving painful childhood memories with the tale of Bonnie and Clyde. She growls into the mic, swivels her hips, whispers stories about shooting dogs; you can’t take your eyes off her…”
2010 Stranger Theater Genius Marya Sea Kaminski -The Stranger, Brendan Kiley, 2010
Convictions Infuse Local Star Marya Sea Kaminski’s “Road to Mecca” Role -Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, 2009
She possesses an impressive acting range… and the instincts and experience of an all-around theater hand who also writes and directs plays, plus producing cred as a member of Washington Ensemble Theatre. In Seattle Repertory Theatre’s potent 2007 production of the biographical play My Name is Rachel Corrie, Kaminski radiated a perfectly balanced melding of youthful idealism, bravado and vulnerability…”
Portrait of Marya Sea Kaminski – The Seattle Channel, 2008
Genius Shortlist: Theater -The Stranger, Brendan Kiley, 2008
Electric and mercurial, Marya Sea Kaminski galvanizes audiences whether she’s playing an innocent little girl with disturbing fantasies (Mr. Marmalade)… or Hedda-fucking-Gabler (blahblahblahBANG). She’s also one of the smartest directors in the city (Finer Noble Gases, Museum Play) and a heart-wrenching writer.”
2007 Spotlight Award: Marya Sea Kaminski -Seattle Magazine, Jasmine Moir, 2007
…one of the city’s most dynamic performers… Kaminski manages to both stand out and make those around her shine.”