Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind

Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind

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Ham 2013Outrageous. Irreverent. Seattle Treasures. Comedians Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (aka Dos Fallopia) bring their sketch comedy chops and a trunkful of characters to ACT this December in Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind.

Directed by David Hunter Koch, the long-running cult holiday series (think Carol Burnett on steroids) has found a hammy holiday home at ACT’s Falls Theatre, in collaboration with the Central Heating Lab.  With characters like mother-daughter country duo The Spudds, the tiny but proud Sequim Gay Men’s Chorus, and the angst-ridden Slam Poet, Platt and Koch create an evening full of wickedly funny social satire, musical parody, and razor-sharp zingers.

Ham contains a cornucopia of dysfunctional characters:

  • Jewish lounge act Schmeck Attack is mistakenly booked at a Xmas party;
  • Crassword puts a titillating spin on the popular game show;
  • Northwest icons Paul Allen, Bill Gates, Dale Chihuly and Jean Enersen band together in super group, The Seatles;
  • Country duo The Spudds present Mama’s bizarre mash up of classic TV and holiday films with “Meet Me in Mayberry with a Vengeance.”

Ham features performances by Platt, Koch, Michael Oaks, and musical director D.J. Gommels. The creative team includes Robert J. Aguilar (Set/Lighting), Candace Frank (Costumes), Robin Macartney (Props) and Lisa Koch (Sound/Video).

Ham for the Holidays contains adult humor and themes, GLBT content. It is recommended for ages 14-plus.


Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind

  • Wednesday December 4, 7:30 p.m. (preview)
  • Thursday December 5, 7:30 p.m. (opening night)
  • Friday December 6, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday December 7, 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday December 8, 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday December 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday December 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday December 13, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday December 14, 2pm & 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday December 15, 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday December 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday December 19, 7:30 p.m. (ASL interpreted, call for tickets)
  • Friday December 20, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday December 21, 2pm & 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday December 22, 2:00 p.m.

Koch and Platt have collaborated as Dos Fallopia for more than 20 years, and have penned shows like Deja Poo, Pretty Girls, Not Too Bright, Twin Sisters of Different Cul-de-sacs, Glazing Saddles, and Lard Potion No. 9.  A London Connection review declared, “Could they be the long lost love of Doris Day and Divine?  Big, brash, and completely mad…” and the Seattle Weekly proclaimed, “Timing is everything, and theirs is perfect.”  The duo has recorded one CD (My Breasts are Out of Control) and two DVDs (Ham for the Holidays: A Lard Day’s Night and Pretty Girls, Not Too Bright).

Koch has recorded four solo CDs, has composed an Off-Broadway musical (27 Rue de Fleurus), had one of her songs sampled in a Jay-Z tune, and has been seen on LOGO and Olivia cruises.  Platt was voted Seattle’s best comic nine times, is a respected Seattle actor, voice-over and radio personality (Fat Girl Follies, Rocky Horror Show, Holiday Survival Game Show), and has opened for Jay Leno and Cindy Lauper. For more info, visit www.heylisa.com or www.facebook.com/ham4theholidays.

Launched in 2007, The Central Heating Lab at ACT serves as an incubator and catalyst for new works. ACT cultivates, produces, and presents artists working in all performance genres and provides an artistic home for a variety of local performance groups and artists. Relationships develop daily with individual actors, performers and playwrights while established partnerships with groups such as the Contemporary Classics, 14/48, TheFilmSchool, Collektor, Pinter Fortnightly, Seattle Dance Project, and Icicle Creek Theatre Festival grow and develop. New programs are added throughout the year.

With year-round programming produced by The Central Heating Lab at ACT alongside ACT’s Mainstage plays, ACT offers its patrons a unique opportunity to maximize their theatre experience – the ACTPass: all you can see for only $25 per month. ACTPass Members can attend nearly all ACT produced performances throughout any given month, provided tickets are available. It is the new, more flexible, more affordable way to see more performances for one low price, and is the first of its kind in the region. ACTPass members may cancel at any time, and there is no limit to the number of times a Pass Member can attend.



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