Big Exciting New This Week! The lovely folks above are the future owners of the Rose Theatre and the Starlight Room: George Marie and Michael D'Alessandro and their three children; the two oldest have already been working at the Rose for some time; and the youngest, I'm sure, will be tearing your tickets in the not-too-distant future.
I couldn't be happier with this family taking over stewardship of the Rose. They possess everything I was looking for, and are committed to upholding the Rose's long history and the legacy of Phil Johnson who lovingly restored the theatre 30 years ago. As residents of Port Townsend since 2014, George and Michael have a solid understanding of what makes PT and the Rose so unique.
When you see them at the theatre please welcome them warmly. They take the reins in mid-January, and I will continue to consult with them throughout the new year. You'll find the full story in today's Leader.
A new movie with Tilda Swinton is always a welcome delight. But a new movie - and a ghost story - in which Swinton plays both mother and daughter is double the fun. Acclaimed filmmaker Joanna Hogg's beguiling latest film - THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER - is a brilliant and captivating exploration of parental relationships and the things we leave behind. "A lovely haunted dream of a movie." -New York Times. "[A] a keenly discerning movie about the relationship of mother and daughter." -New Yorker
Don DeLillo's novel White Noise has long been considered unadaptable to the screen. Whether Noah Baumbach (FRANCES HA, MARGOT AT THE WEDDING, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE) has succeed in defying the odds is up to you. This much is true: It is hilarious and horrifying, lyrical and absurd, ordinary and apocalyptic; WHITE NOISE dramatizes a contemporary American family's attempt to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love and death in an uncertain world. "It's such a fascinating, invigorating spectacle." -Guardian
Family is the the theme that runs through my column and our programming this week, and ARMAGEDDON TIME is no exception. The great James Gray brings us a deeply personal story about the strength of family, the complexity of friendship and the generational pursuit of the American Dream. Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins and Mark Strong star in this "refreshingly understated drama whose gentleness makes it all the more bittersweet." (Hollywood Reporter)
ALL THAT BREATHES has been a solid hit in PT, and concludes its run this Thursday, as does PINOCCHIO. Also this weekend, THE HOURS from the Met, our last presentation of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and two more shows of CONCERT FOR GEORGE, which sold out twice last month. Have fun.