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Taproot Theatre resumes live, in-person performances with Babette’s Feast, opening tonight

The set for Babette’s Feast was built nearly two years ago. The Pacific Northwest debut of this new adaptation was worth the wait!

Taproot Theatre Company is thrilled to resume live, in-person performances this fall with the Pacific Northwest debut of a new adaptation of Babette’s Feast. Originally slated for spring of 2020, this story of the power of gathering and generosity is especially timely after the pandemic curtailed public events and many private gatherings as well.  Hopeful even in the uncertainty of the beginning of the pandemic, Taproot staff kept the set on the stage and the costumes hanging in the dressing room throughout the pandemic. All but two of the original actors are returning to stage the production.

Crossing thousands of miles in search of asylum, Babette finds safety in a tiny mountain village. But petty squabbles and personal slights render the pious villagers as frigid and unforgiving as their surroundings. On one snowy December night, in an act of radical generosity, Babette prepares a feast so lavish that it awakens and transforms the brittle hearts in the village.

This theatrical adaptation of Babette’s Feast, based on Isak Dinesen’s short story, is directed by Scott Nolte, Taproot’s co-founder and former Producing Artistic Director. Co-founder Pam Nolte plays Babette and is joined by a cast of Jenny Cross, James Faley, Jenny Vaughn Hall, Nolan Palmer, Kevin Pitman, April Poland, Matt Posner, and Teri Lee Thomas. The Noltes retired at the end of 2020, after 44 years with Taproot Theatre Company.

For patrons whose holiday plans are still uncertain, Taproot will put tickets for Babette’s Feast on sale in three waves. This will allow patrons to still get great seats while purchasing tickets closer to the performance date. Tickets go on sale on October 26 for performances through November 30, on November 16 for performances through December 11, and November 26 for performances through December 30. Sign up to receive information via email as tickets become available: https://taproottheatre.org/shows/2021/babettes-feast-2/