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Art Of Our City: November Noir

Marcie Sillman
10/24/2011

There's something noir–ish about November, the month when the days get short and the rain gets heavy. Seattle's ACT Theatre unveils its world premier stage adaptation of a classic film (and novel) noir: "Double Indemnity." We'll talk with longtime Seattle stage favorites, R. Hamilton Wright and David Pichette, about returning to the source material for their new play. Also, pianist Robin Holcomb plays live in the KUOW performance studio. She's got a couple of appearances at the annual Earshot Jazz Festival. And Dave Beck talks with television sweetheart Kathie Lee Gifford about her life on the small screen and the big stage.

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Kathie Lee Gifford is the co–reator of a new musical at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre based on Aimee McPherson's colorful and controversial life. Kathie Lee is an Emmy Award–winning television host and performer. She's best known for her work as Regis Philbin's sidekick on the talk show "Live With Regis And Kathie Lee." She currently co–hosts "The Today Show" on NBC. Kathie Lee's own deeply held religious beliefs, her much scrutinized business practices and personal life, and her work as a Christian recording artist all play into her fascination with Aimee Semple McPherson. Kathie Lee Gifford speaks with KUOW's Dave Beck about "Saving Aimee" on stage now at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

R. Hamilton Wright and David Pichette are two longtime Seattle actors turned playwrights for the world premier of "Double Indemnity." Wright and Pichette went back before the classic film noir that starred Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray to James M. Cain's novel. Originally, the two thespians imagined they'd write a play for themselves: Wright would direct and Pichette would play the role Edward G. Robinson made famous in the 1944 film. Neither man is involved beyond the role of playwright in ACT Theatre's world premier production of their script. R. Hamilton Wright and David Pichette speak with Marcie Sillman about the noir genre in general, and this project in particular.

Robin Holcomb and her husband, musician Wayne Horvitz, moved to Seattle 20 years ago. Pianist and singer Holcomb's music defies categorization, although she's often linked to the jazz world. Robin Holcomb plays live in the KUOW performance studio, and talks about her upcoming appearances with the annual Earshot Jazz Festival.

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