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This delightful script was written by Spokane playwright Craig Rickett.  It offers some rare roles for older women and is full of sly humor.

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    THE STORY:  Joy, Faith and Chastity (“We have no Hope”) are three spinster sisters raised in the Church of the Nazarene.  They run a soup kitchen for the poor whose existence is threatened by the county health inspector.  Since they don’t have the means to make the necessary improvements, things are getting desperate.

Joy, the eldest sister, is thoroughly dotty, but has a gift for gardening.  She belongs to a seed exchange and gets an unmarked packet from somewhere in Idaho.  Joy plants the seeds and pretty soon it turns out the sisters have a cash crop that may be their (and the soup kitchen’s) salvation.  With the help of a naive boy scout and the ex-con who cooks for the soup kitchen, they find that going to pot can have its rewards.


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This unusual two-person show achieved unprecedented success, selling out three of four performances at the Mount Baker Theatre’s Harold and Irene Walton Theatre.



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Christopher enlisted the help of his go-to music man, John French, to produce this recital showcasing the talents of Bellingham’s Caitlin Hill.

Dracula directed by Free Key Productions, Bellingham, WA

Christopher has a long and distinguished history directing productions based on vampire mythology.  In this adaptation by Brit playwrights Jane Thornton and John Godber, Christopher broke new ground by casting both Van Helsing and Renfield as women.  He also cast against type with the short, blond TJ Anderson playing the Count.  Rave reviews ensued.


Mark Twain in Fairhaven, Firehouse Performing Arts Center Free Key Productions

After being involved with the original production of this locally-written musical in 2002, Christopher subsequently directed it at the Pioneer Museum in Lynden.  He collaborated with Chuck Robinson of Village Books in finally bringing the show to its natural home in Fairhaven and finally got to play Mark Twain.  MT in FH continues as a regular summer tourist attraction in Fairhaven.
Poster for Love Letters at the Firehouse Performiong Arts Center, directed by Christopher Key.



Christopher Key and Karen Edland starred in A. R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated two act play.  This was the first show mounted by Free Key Productions and was very well-attended.  Those who have seen it raved about the chemistry between the two actors and created a buzz that resulted in an impressive amount of walk-in ticket sales.

A unique and imaginative theatre piece which, in the words of the author, “needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance.”  The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.






Evermore – A Sci-Fi Rock Musical

May 9-11, 2013: Lincoln Theatre, Mt. Vernon

May 17-18, 2013: Syre Theatre, Whatcom Community College


THE STORY: More than a thousand years in the future, small bands of people live and trade in the ruins of a lost and nearly forgotten civilization while a semi-mythical city from that ancient time orbits above. Two of these clans, Little Belaire and Dr. Boot’s List, survive partly by bartering very special products that only they can supply.

Rush That Speaks, a young man of Little Belaire, falls in love with a girl of Dr. Boot’s List, but the call of clan identity is stronger than love for Once A Day and she leaves Little Belaire to return to her own people. After searching for and finding her again, Rush is initiated into the strange ritual which binds Dr. Boot’s List together, but he learns that even this is not enough to keep her love. Overcome with sadness, Rush returns to his home, but on the way he meets a messenger from The City In The Sky who offers him a compelling gift – the chance to live forever with them in their city circling high above the world.

The story of Rush That Speaks and his strange destiny is told in dialog, song, and dance with a large cast of characters and the backing of a full rock ensemble. Evermore is loosely based on the novel Engine Summer by John Crowley.


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