The solo play “House #30” and an all-female version of the musical “1776” are up and running at two Seattle theater venues.

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Women take center stage this week, in a new one-woman show and a gender-bent version of a Tony Award-winning Broadway tuner.

“House #30”

Mik Kuhlman, whose credits include stints with Vashon Island’s UMO experimental theater company, performs a solo show that relates the personal story of losing a home to fire, only to discover something meaningful stirring in the ashes.

The piece (directed at West of Lenin by another solo player, Jennifer Jasper) is described as being “filled with island lore, ghost stories, physicality, humor, and heart.”

It takes place in and around an unusual habitat of its own: a filmy scenic “house” created by textile artist Patricia Toovey.

Through Monday, June 29, at West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St, Seattle, $12-$20 (206-352-1777 or


The founding fathers who hammered out the Declaration of Independence in 1776 were indeed all gentlemen. (Well-heeled, white gentlemen.)

Seattle Musical Theater flips the gender switch, as powder-wigged and britches-wearing women portray Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Hancock and the rest of the Philadelphia gang, in this entertaining and instructive Broadway musical.

Keith Gehrig directs the witty Sherman Edwards-Peter Stone show. And though their gender was denied the vote for more than a century after the U.S. Constitution was adopted, women suit up to play all the framers.

Through Sunday, June 28, at Seattle Musical Theatre in Magnuson Park, 7120 62nd Ave. N.E., Seattle, $20 (800-838-3006