DangerSwitch! believes in tenacious exploration of new, effective ways of storytelling, breaking expectations, learning new skills, and taking physical and emotional risks to create the most groundbreaking work we are capable of.

 

Join DangerSwitch! for their third production, Into the Deeps, co-directed by DangerSwitch! Artistic Director Eddie DeHais and resident choreographer extraordinaire Alyza DelPan-Monley. This will be our most ambitious production yet! 

Merging dance, theater, with their own special blend of macabre hilarity, DangerSwitch! will explore how our political and social structures manifest by diving into the depths of the ocean to create a gut-wrenching spectacle the likes of which you've never seen. This production promises a transformative set (Eddie DeHais/Zane Exactly), abstract costuming (Fantasia Oslund), immersive sound (D.R. Amromin), and intense lighting (Emily Leong) to create an experience that reflects the both the alien wonder of the ocean and the stark reality of social relationships.

This is a show for those who want something different. Who want to be challenged by what they see and experience. Who want to laugh with wild abandon, and want to connect with the fragility of being human.

Check out our rehearsal photos below!

 

Launching Annex Theatre's 30th Season, Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine was one of their most ambitious projects ever.

 

When a drop of Mary’s blood falls down down down to the center of the Earth, something Evil and Ancient wakes up in the shadows, and now the horrors of the dark have a taste for her. Mary must go on an epic quest through the Nightmares Nine to make a potion to put The Slither back to sleep and save her soul from his gnashing teeth. Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine is a hilarious and hallucinatory fairy tale that creeps, crawls, and catapults its way through the bizarre landscape of the imagination as Mary fights for her very life amidst the ever-encroaching darkness.

SEATTLE TIMES: Humor and horror bubble up together in Annex’s ‘Scary Mary’

CITY ARTS: 'Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine'

SEATTLE GAY SCENE: Annex’s “Scary Mary” Is A Spooky Arty Treat For The Senses

MIRYAM GORDON: Wacky and ominous, "Scary Mary's" vigorous production is well worth visiting

 
Scary Mary” is propelled along by the singular directorial vision of Eddie DeHais, who excels at creating striking tableaux and evoking remarkably tactile worlds with a combination of ordinary objects and intricate puppets
— SEATTLE TIMES

All photos by Joe Iano. Video by Chris Leher.

"Poetic, poignant, and macabre. Ebbing and flowing from one form of expression to the next, it's impossible to tell where the artifice ends and reality begins. It's abstract but powerful, delicate but foreboding. It's performance art without an iota of self-congratulation. It feels like the truth." - Broadway World

 

Through our special blend of physical theater and macabre hilarity, DangerSwitch! presents a bedtime story that will make you never want to sleep again. Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, this funny, freaky, feminist fairytale will ask: What makes a wolf? What makes a woman? And what horrors lie between? BIG BAD is a hilarious and hungry powerhouse of a piece that dares to throw us into the dark and dangerous forest where fantasy and family collide and consume one another.

Conceived and created by DangerSwitch!, I directed this piece and wrote a large portion of the text in collaboration with the other members of DangerSwitch! BIG BAD was staged in an alley setup.

 

All photos by Joe Iano, Joe Iano Photography.

"Eddie DeHais came to us with an idea for a Nordo show that was so good we wished we'd had it ourselves. And we knew we had found the person to launch the Pressure Cooker." - Erin Brindley, Artistic Director, Café Nordo

 

Cafe Nordo's new works incubator, The Pressure Cooker, was created in 2016 to feature original and innovative productions by emerging producers, directors and artists. Sundown at the Devil's House, written and directed by Eddie DeHais, launched the Pressure Cooker program, selling out every night, and creating the blueprint for a successful new works program.

It's the Devil's last night on Earth, and she and her cohorts titillate, beguile, and entertain their guests with stories of the Devil's greatest triumphs and darkest secrets while they enjoy four courses of devil-inspired dishes. From the devil’s own fall to Earth to the fall of Adam & Eve, through Faustus and all the way to the modern day, Sundown at the Devil’s House features live music, and strange goings-on that sinuously interlace a story about the Devil's love for music and mankind.

With a stellar cast (Christine Shaw White, Cody Smith, Mahria Zook, Alyza Delpan-Monley, and Kai Curtis), a southern-inspired four-course menu created by Nordo chef Erin Brindley, music by Aaron Joshua Shay of The Mongrel Jews, Mai Li Pittard of the Debaucherauntes, and Ryan Jochim of Sweet Lou's Sour Mash, and designs by local favorites, Zane Exactly, Cami Funk, Chris Leher, and Carolina Johnson, it was a thrilling, poignant evening of theater.

Sundown at the Devil's House will be remounted on a larger scale in July 2017 for a four week run at Café Nordo.

 

All photos by Joe Iano, Joe Iano Photography.

“[D]irector DeHais and the cast have created a fully formed piece of theater that’s as thoughtful as it is funny. Initially, it seems like aggressive mischief is all these characters have to offer, but some segments smuggle in an unexpected dose of poignancy, like Alyza DelPan-Monley’s longing ballet routine, accompanied by transparent heart, lungs and arms puppets — just some of the meticulously designed props from Exactly…. The show approaches the anarchic comic genius of Monty Python.”  -Seattle Times

 

Seven nightmarish creatures created by a wayward scientist embark on a madcap adventure into the weird and wonderful world of Mad Science! Bound by their own bizarreness, they toil through titillating torments, physical feats, and extended experiments on each other as they seek to discover the truth to their own monstrosity… and humanity.

Through a special blend of comic mayhem and visual spectacle they take the audience on a jam-packed journey into insanity that walks the line of horror and humor. Clowning, dance, puppetry, and more come together in this playfully audacious piece.

 

All photos by Ian Johnston, DangerPants Photography.