Edmonds woman’s company has 1st show | Art & Appetite

By James Spangler | Oct 27, 2017
Courtesy of: Rebel Kat Productions Longtime Edmonds resident Rebecca Petriello’s Rebel Kat Productions has debuted its first show in Seattle.

There is an unfortunate mindset that exists in our culture that seems to be resistant to destruction.

Often, when a man behaves in an aggressive manner, we admire his forcefulness. We call him assertive. When a woman exhibits that same behavior, it’s not uncommon for her to be branded a “bitch.”

It’s been that way for as long as I can remember, and if social norms are changing, they don’t seem to be changing very fast. Nineteen years ago, when my daughter was born, I hoped to have better news to report.

Finding a way to remove this ridiculous double standard could be a key that helps unlock true gender equality. I’m not the only one who's noticed this disparity.

When longtime Edmonds resident Rebecca Petriello established a production company earlier this year, her mission was clear: She would find high quality, innovative, socially relevant theater and film projects that sought to empower women, people of color and the LGBTQ community and provide financial support to them.

Rebel Kat Productions was formed, and its inaugural production of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” with the subtitle “Fight Like a Bitch,” just opened in Seattle.

This iteration of “Coriolanus” features an all-female cast and the innovation of script revisions (largely pronouns) that create gender agreement for the cast.

“Creating Rebel Kat Productions combines two important aspects in my life; business and the arts,” Petriello said. “It also aligns with my desire to have a positive impact on society in everything I do.”

Petriello moved to Edmonds over 20 years ago. She and husband Sal raised their two boys here. Drew Petriello is a past recipient of a Driftwood Players scholarship and is pursuing an acting career in L.A. Ryan Petriello is a recipient of a Cascade Symphony scholarship and is currently studying double bass at Ithaca College in New York.

Among her many accomplishments, Petriello took a turn as president of the Maplewood Co-op parents association for two years.

The production of “Fight Like A Bitch" started with a meeting with actor and collaborator Colleen Carey.

“She had this bold idea of Coriolanus that I wanted to support,” Petriello said. “We dove right in and went to work. We had a shortened timeline, so we really had to power through to create a high quality, professional production. We were extremely fortunate that Nike Emuru (“Z Nation”) had always wanted to perform ‘Coriolanus’ and was willing to do it.”

It’s a cast deep in talent that includes Wendy Robie, who may be best known for her role as the eye-patched “Nadine” in “Twin Peaks.”

Not many opportunities arise to see this infrequently performed Shakespeare tragedy. I’m excited to check it out. As luck would have it, it’s also Seattle Restaurant “week” Sunday through Thursday until Nov. 2nd.

There are at least a half a dozen restaurants participating within walking distance of the 12th Avenue Arts Mainstage. Three course dinners for $33. Remember, parking can be an issue – at any given moment, a measurable percentage of people on Capitol Hill are in search of a parking spot.

Allow extra time. Due to the configuration of the theater, there is no late seating.

“Coriolanus: Fight Like A Bitch”

Where: 12th Avenue Arts mainstage, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Nov. 18
Tickets: $5- $35
Information: www.blackboxoperations.org



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