by MK Scott
Cafe Nordo is back with their 11th season with Violet’s Attic: A Grand Ball for Wicked Dolls, and you’re invited… if you dare! Be whisked away to a world that hauntingly tantalizes all five senses with bone-chilling live music, frighteningly unique dining, and the hair-raising story of a lonely girl and her dolls.
The dolls bop, twirl and jiggle to choreography by Alyza Delpan-Monley and an all-original score performed live during every performance, beginning with The Dance of the Broken Joints performed by Justine Davis. Composed by Annastasia Workman, the music of Violet’s Attic draws inspiration from the works of Cosmo Sheldrake, Danny Elfman, and Seattle’s own late great Circus Contraption. The band consists of Workman who plays piano, accordion, toy piano, glockenspiel, Dayton Allemann on guitar and flute, and Even Mosher who plays trumpet, vocals, and kaoss pad. All three use a host of toys and household items to add percussion to a darkly-tinged and whimsical score.
After last June’s production of the Champagne Widow, I once again spoke to Cafe Nordo’s spokesperson ans star, Opal Peachey about the show, food and what is next. We chatted by email this past week.
MK Scott: From being the Champagne Widow to Violet’s Attic, Tell us about this current role? What attracted you to this role?
Opal Peachey: I am very much a part of the ensemble for Violet’s Attic, I am a twin porcelain doll, one of many voices of our grand puppet master, Violet! The Champagne Widow and Twin Dolly with the Long Hair are very different roles and I think these roles highlight the amazing opportunities I have as a Nordo company member. Terry (the playwright for Violet’s Attic) wrote these parts with the actors in mind, after a series of developmental workshops when we played with dolls and adopted their physicality.
MK: This show is directed by Erin Brindley. What has been the best thing about working with her?
Opal: The best part of working with Director/Chef Erin Brindley is her deep commitment to creating stage magic in the Nordo space. She sets the bar very high for what we can accomplish, with each production.
MK: How scary is this show?
Opal: I don’t think the show is very scary, I would describe it as a “monster comedy” or relate it to a mind-bending episode of The Twilight Zone.
MK: Is the food created to complement the show or vice versa?
Opal: This is different for each production at Nordo, but in this particular case, I believe the idea of serving gigantic savory candy as the food for a doll tea party was the jumping off point for the wicked doll plot line.
MK: Bohemia is coming back in January, what is coming up for you at Cafe Nordo?
Opal: Bohemia is a big part of 2020 for me, stay tuned for a big announcement on October 17th about the rest of my year.
Violet’s imagination comes alive at Nordo’s Culinarium ( 109 South Main Street, Seattle WA 98104, 206-209-2002) through November 24th and tickets are on sale now. Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Single tickets are $89.00 and includes the performance and a prix fixe menu. Beverage and cocktail service additional. *Suitable for audiences 18 and older Online Box Office: bit.ly/WickedDollNordo