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Indoor Outdoor Trek @ GeekGirlCon!

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Are you, or do you know, or have you ever seen a person who identifies as female? Are you, or do you know, anyone who identifies as "nerdy," "geeky," or any related term? Will you be attending GeekGirlCon  this weekend? If you missed this summer's smash hit, Outdoor Trek: Mirror, Mirror, there's some good news for you! You have one last chance to catch us at 7pm on Saturday, October 11th when we will be giving a free-with-convention-admission performance. Come to room 303 of the Conference Center to get one last glimpse before we start work on next year's "Amok Time"! And check out the other amazing panels and meet-ups and opportunities for geeks and nerds of all ages and persuasions!

Personal Log: James Lyle (Marlena)

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James is a Seattle-based actor, playwright, and lifelong Star Trek fan. His evening of comic vignettes, To the Naked Eye, just completed its run with Playwrights’ Theatre. He recently joined the cast of the upcoming fantasy feature, First Ranger of the King. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? I’m a big fan of Outdoor Trek and thrilled to finally get the chance to play with these amazingly creative folks this year. I’m most looking forward to surprising and delighting audiences with our unique take on Trek. And of course oiling my traps for the great, powerful Captain Kirk. What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? Apart from Star Trek and acting, I enjoy hiking, camping, candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach, and theoretical linguistics. What history do you have with theatrical productions? I’ve been acting in the Seattle area since 2004 at places like ArtsWest, Stone So

Personal Log: Kris Hambrick (Kirk/producer)

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Kris Hambrick is delighted to be able to appear in her fourth episode with Outdoor Trek. She swears she did not cast herself as Kirk, but she's pretty darned glad about it anyway. The only thing she has in common with William Shatner is that Spock gets all the attention, but who can blame anyone for that? She thanks everyone who's let her play in this sandbox.  What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? Okay I've been really busy so this production is no longer "upcoming." However! I've been really excited to tackle one of the iconic episodes of The Original Series. While we've done some really awesome episodes, we haven't taken on the ones that most people have strong feelings about or associations with. So I'm excited to see how people respond to an episode that has so much weight in pop culture done by other people. Also, Spock in a beard is priceless. As for what I think

Personal Log: Sam Henly (Guard/Henchman)

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Sam Henly is a graduate student from Minnesota. His favorite color is red, and his spirit animal is a black and white cat named Penelope. Sam enjoys game theory, doing the dishes, and reciting fake poems. Is that even possible? Maybe he just enjoys extemporaneous doggerel.    What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? Outdoor Trek is the best thing that's ever happened to me. Acting in an Outdoor Trek production taught me how to love again. That accomplished, I'm looking forward to playing a thug and menacing the audience during one of Kirk's monologues. Many villains in Star Trek are at least composed or dignified and so playing a malevolent, unhinged mook is a particular treat. What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? I'm writing a thesis on the economics of sex work. That's... pretty much my life. Grad school: major downer. Parents, tell your children. W

Personal Log: Admiral Joy DeLyria (Producer/Director)

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Joy DeLyria, 30, plays badminton on weekdays and takes her tea at four. She studied letters and then made them into words, and is now working on the paragraph thing. When not defying society by wearing breeches instead of the customary bustle, she supervises science, writes books, and loves her mother very much.  She also loves her father but it didn't sound as quaint, and she prefers to sound quaint whenever possible. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? There are so many things I love about this production, but I'll stop at two. First, I really enjoy making all of the elements of a production make sense thematically.  This is a trick Michael Bowers taught me--when you're tying to decide what phasers in Outdoor Trek look like, decide what message you want to convey, and act accordingly.  This seems simple, but it's very easy to be drawn toward what looks cool, or what I think might make mo

Personal Log: Paul Unwin (Scotty)

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Paul is thrilled to be part of Hello Earth's 2014 season, his fourth, having played Lt. (Captain) Kevin Thomas Riley in “The Naked Time,” Elias Sandoval in “This Side of Paradise,” and Vanderberg in “Devil in the Dark,” each one the hapless antagonist of their respective episodes. He's not really an engineer, but he plays one in real life. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? I look forward to Outdoor Trek every year, and I count myself lucky to be involved with it. I enjoy innovative way the company adapts the scripts, and makes sense of sometimes strange writing. What I look forward to most, though, is making new friends and reinforcing old friendships. Every Hello Earth show I’ve been in has teamed me up with terrific people whom I’m proud to know. What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? I am involved in improv theater and I play tabletop roleplaying games, two activitie

Come early! Come often!

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We've noticed our audiences showing up earlier and earlier. So this year, we're rewarding you with special treats! Arrive at least an hour early to take advantage of the pre-show entertainment. On opening night, July 19th, Six Coins Japanese Food Truck will be serving their tasty menu of Japanese food items and beverages from 5:00 until show time. Come hungry! And beginning at 7:00, enjoy the music of the lovely Apis Malifera , "lyrically driven acoustic music by a girl with 90s rock songs stuck in her head..lodged between clouds and oceanic scenes featuring heartbreak and songs about the weather." 

Personal Log: Stevie VanBronkhorst (Chief Graphic Artist)

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Stevie VanBronkhorst is a graphic design and illustrator from Seattle. Though little, she is fierce, and considers the stoat to be an animal of significance in her life. She currently lives in Juneau and works at the newspaper.  What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? I am lucky to have been involved in Outdoor Trek from its very first mission in 2010, when I played Uhura. I'm not one for projecting on purpose, so I was very pleased to perform as a puppeteer for the role  of the Horta in "Devil in the Dark" in 2013, and am always very excited when I get to do the poster again. Outdoor Trek always brings together the sweetest and most decent community of actors, and attracts an audience who, like Rodenberry, have a profound respect for humanity and hope for its improvement and future. What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? I pursue eudemonia by being there for my frien

Personal Log: Helen Parson (Mr. Spock)

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Helen Parson has portrayed Spock in every Hello Earth Outdoor Trek and she estimates that she is now approximately 37.02% Vulcan. When she is not applying spirit gum to her ears her logical life choices include making comics, writing music, and playing all the pretty guitars. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? Outdoor Trek is like the magical summer camp in outer space I've always wanted to attend. It's been such a privilege to play Spock four times - I just love fighting with Captain Kirk in my emotional freakouts, getting squirted with bliss-inducing flower chemicals, mind-melding with sentient rock creatures, giving people the Vulcan neck pinch and saying insulting things about humans. I have also established a history of falling in love with fellow cast members and asking them to marry me (well, only one. It's a short history.) If I've been having the time of my life playing Spock, t

"Star Trek goes outdoors in a unique performance," says King5's New Day NW!

Personal Log: Aleksandr Robbins (Lt. Sulu)

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Aleksandr is honored to be making his theatrical debut portraying Lieutenant Sulu in this year's production of Outdoor Trek. As a classically trained molecular biologist, he finds acting to be an exciting change of pace, if a bit perplexing. When Aleksandr's away from the phaser controls he's busy cooking, throwing shells in Mario Kart, or working to increase science literacy.  What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? Outdoor Trek is an absolute blast to be a part of. The cast and crew are an exceptionally delightful group of people. This is my first time acting, and everyone has been nothing but supportive. I'm excited to see how the crowd reacts to some of the more comical scenes, and the epic fights that occur. What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? Cooking is one of the great loves of my life. I enjoy mixing things together to create a magical flavor concoction to

Personal Log: Phil Duff (Ambassador/Miracle Worker)

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What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? I saw the ‘Outdoor Trek’ poster for ‘The Naked Time’ at Scarecrow Video in 2010 and thought “I need to go to that.” I had been to Spock’s Brain’ at the Irvine Improv in 2004 and loved it. Likewise, my first viewing of ‘Outdoor Trek’ blew me away. I came back the next day. It is amazing that television shows from 1966 or 1967 can come off fresh and surprising on stage. It is like seeing a new Star Trek. SPOILER ALERT! I’ve seen ‘em all a zillion times, but last summer, when the horta wrote “No Kill I” in charcoal, it brought a tear to my eye. I can’t wait to see how this cast does with ‘Mirror, Mirror.’ I’ve been to one rehearsal and saw the opening sickbay seen where McCoy mentions spilling the acid, and it blew me away. What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? Ummm, Star Trek related things. I like to travel. I’ve been to the Valley of Fire (Ki

Personal Log: Sierra McWilliams (Ensign Chekov)

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Sierra is originally from Alaska, but has lived all over and is happy to have alighted in the Pacific Northwest. She recently finished graduate school and has no job, so is free to do things she enjoys, like act in Star Trek plays. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? The best productions of this kind have good cast chemistry, and this one definitely does. I’m excited to see that come together with the props and audience energy. What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? Harass my cats, run, work on a novel, study for the bar exam, go to wine-tastings on weekends and nod seriously, pretending to understand while people talk about tannins and oak barrels. What history do you have with theatrical productions? I was in a few college plays as (1) Woody Allen’s evil ex-wife, (2) an evil green M&M and (3) “Helper #1” to John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church. In this play I am

Personal Log: Michael Bowers (Consulting Engineer)

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Michael is a student at Seattle Central College studying web development. He has enjoyed all flavors of Star Trek since he was a kid, and he refused to grow up from there. His appreciation of science fiction and science likely fueled his 16 year career in informal science education. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? I've been involved with Outdoor Trek since they began. I've had the honor of playing Scotty twice, which appealed to me both as an actor and as a nerdy tinkerer. While I'm not in it this year, I am very excited about this year's production. It is one of my favorite episodes, and goatees are funny. What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? Outside of Outdoor Trek, I am a student, which takes up a lot of my time. I'm taking classes this summer, so as much as I enjoyed playing Scotty I was unable to do it this year. Joy and Kris are amazing, and I hav

Personal Log: Sarah Shay (The Redshirts)

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credit: Lou D'Aprile In addition to the vocal and percussive skills you'll see in the show, Sarah plays ukulele and writes songs that are usually nerdy and sometimes sad. She also plays washboard in the folk punk band The Mongrel Jews with her brother Aaron, who is Chief Musical Officer for the show. When not making music, she vlogs and writes short fiction. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? I was in the second Hello Earth production, so I'm totally thrilled to be back. I can't wait to see what kind of musical shenanigans we can come up with for this new script! What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? I play in The Mongrel Jews with my brother Aaron, and also play solo ukulele. I post videos of my solo songs along with vlogs on my YouTube channel, and I'm working on a collection of short fiction. I also spend a lot of time watching TV shows with my cat. W

Personal Log: Lynne Marie Hardee (Dr. McCoy)

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Lynne Marie Hardee (Doctor McCoy) is thrilled to finally be joining Hello Earth onstage. Some favorite past roles include Marian (Music Man), Hermia (Midsummer Night's Dream), and the title role of Peter Pan. Lynne is studying psychology and law and justice at Central Washington University. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production?  It is so awesome to get to work with smart actors who love nerdy stuff as much as I do. I love getting the chance to dissect these characters and this story with passionate, hilarious people. I am particularly looking forward to getting in the park, seeing the space, and adding in props like the transporters and phasers! What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? Right now I'm studying psychology and law and justice at Central Washington University. I'm interested in the neuroscience of habits, intention, and motivation in particular. Health and fit

Personal Log: Helen Tang (Lt. Uhura)

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Helen Tang, who plays the role of Uhura, is proud to be joining the summer production of Outdoor Trek – Mirror Mirror, in two universes, no less. A longtime lover of amateur  theatre, Helen has lived in Seattle, the Bay Area and Beijing, where she was born.  What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? It’s been an amazing experience so far! I’ve always loved theatre, and have had a smattering of experiences here and there, but this is the first time I’m doing a production in Seattle. The cast is fabulous, each having his/her own talents and I can’t remember one single rehearsal where I haven’t cracked up laughing over some brilliant improv. I’m really looking forward to everything coming together, rehearsing on set in Blanche Lavizzo Park, with props, costumes, music/the band, and of course to the living performances in front of our summer audience, hopefully with everyone having an uproariously good time! Wha

Personal Log: Matt Eaton (Lieutenant Kyle)

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This is Matt’s first scripted theatrical performance in Seattle.    He has performed in a variety of theatrical and video projects since his teenaged years to now.    Matt enjoys performing as a student with Unexpected Productions’ improv school and is excited to be a part of Outdoor Trek. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? I became familiar with Outdoor Trek last summer, when I attended a performance of the episode  Devil in the Dark .  I was immediately struck by the use of found objects as props and the effectiveness of a non-humanoid character (the Horta) that was played by an actor, an umbrella, and a lot of tulle.  I’ve immensely enjoyed being a part of Outdoor Trek this year, and I’m excited to help share this widely beloved episode in the theatrical medium.  I’m most looking forward to seeing how the audience reacts to a few choice scenes, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you, so that’s

Personal Log: Aaron J. Shay (Chief Musial Officer)

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by Lou D'Aprile Aaron J. Shay is excited to be returning to perform with the Red Shirts in this year's production of Outdoor Trek, having previously played banjo in 2011's "This Side of Paradise." He is also a member of the folk punk trio The Mongrel Jews, he writes and performs his own work as a solo project, and Aaron is also collaborating with the circus accordionist Strangely, with plans to tour together this fall. To find out more, check out aaronjshay.net ! What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? I'm just going to embrace my own pretentiousness here and say that Outdoor Trek is a wonderful intersection of pop culture and folk culture. Once upon a time, there were a lot more folks involved in popular culture. The famous new stories were performed by community theaters. The big musical hits were played by local bands, otherwise nobody would hear it. That's all folk cul

Personal Log: Eric Cagle (Tharn/Lt. Farrel)

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Playing two roles in “Mirror, Mirror,” Eric Cagle portrays the pacifist Tharn and the thuggish brute, Farrel. Eric is an actor that enjoys having his brain split between two opposing roles. It’s even more fun at cocktail parties. What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production? I was cast and ready to do Outdoor Trek last year, but family issues came up and I had to bow out. I was excited then and I’m doubly excited now! I’m going to be playing two parts, neither of which are “canon” characters. This means I can play and have fun developing these characters without worrying that it’s not a carbon copy of what happened in the original show. What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek? I'm a game designer, writer, and maker of apps. I’m busy in the world of tabletop and roleplaying games. I do improv comedy from time to time, cook for my amazing sweetie, and spend most of my time wrangling a

Starting July 19!

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Behind the scenes shot of "Mirror, Mirror." We're working hard to get ready to see you! This season, to reward our loyal fans who have consistently shown up early for our performances, we have lined up several opening acts to appear one hour before our performances of Outdoor Trek. Stay tuned to this website to see who is appearing on the night you plan to see "Mirror, Mirror," as well as cast and crew bios!

Auditions for Outdoor Trek: Mirror, Mirror

Now recruiting! Needed: Actors to fill all roles (except Kirk, Spock and McCoy), which will be cast without regard to the gender or race of the original series characters. We are not looking for impersonation. We are looking for creative people who want to be part of the process both on and off stage. Auditions will consist of cold readings. Please be prepared to stay for the entire time; we may not need you for that long but we will be holding callbacks after hearing everyone. Performances will take place at the end of July and beginning of August outside at Blanche Lavizzo Park. Time: EITHER Sunday, March 16th  or Tuesday, March 18th, from 6-9pm. Location:  Theatre Puget Sound, Armory/Center House 4th floor, Seattle Center, Studio C (Sunday, March 16th) and Studio I (Tuesday, March 18th)

Volunteer Open House

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Are you a fan of outdoor theater? Of Star Trek? Of Outdoor Trek?   Ever wanted to help with Outdoor Trek, without knowing quite what to do?   Well, here's your chance to join the team!  Join us Sunday, February 16, any time between 5pm and 8pm in the Armory/Center House in Seattle Center.   Come drop in and say hi to the cast and crew of Hello Earth. We'll be talking about our upcoming show, "Mirror, Mirror," as well as how YOU can be part of it. Whether you're interested in PR, promotion, costumes/sets/props, or joining our Away Team for production days, come down to the Armory/Center House at Seattle Center any time between 5 and 8 and talk to us!