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Seattle writer's solo play returns to Hugo House through April 14

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David Schmader’s one-man show, A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem is back at Hugo House, and Seattle is happy to see him. The theater was packed with friends and fans of Schmader’s work when his entrance to the 90 (or so) seat theater was greeted with whoops and applause at last weekend’s performance.

Back for a return engagement through mid April, the show was originally commissioned by the Hugo House based on a piece Schmader read at the organization’s well-attended literary series. When it debuted earlier this year, the performances quickly sold out, so don’t miss your chance to see it.

The highly personal and hilarious show is about Schmader’s 10-year quest to live each day like it was his last and deals with the role of humor in easing pain and forming human bonds, Schmader’s experience learning he is HIV positive, and his partner’s experience coming out gay in a Mormon family. All these heavy ideas are filtered through Schmader’s observations about how we humans experience and share emotion in a digital age, whether by laughing over movie lines we love to quote as a private joke, forwarding a crazy YouTube video to friends or recording your own to share with the world.

Schmader is a dynamic, charismatic presence and moves around the stage, from speaking into a microphone at a desk like a 1960s newscaster to lounging on a carpet on the stage to standing and introducing a silly video clip that illustrates his point.

The result is electric and funny and poignant and definitely worth seeing. There are lots of short term solutions to long term problems in this show, but one of Schmader’s best and one that the show helps us all relate to, is the way a good laugh can help us forget about our grief and disappointments, even if just for a little while.

Richard Hugo House presents the return of A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem, a solo play by writer/performer David Schmader and directed by Matthew Richter, through April 14, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00pm at Richard Hugo House.

Tickets are $20/$15 for students and are available online, or by calling 206-322-7030 or at Hugo House during normal business hours. More information at hugohouse.org.