Monday, June 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Coffee Talk

// New independent producers present “Java Tacoma” comedy

A new independent theater company, Dukesbay Productions, is presenting its inaugural show this March. Join the cast of local actors in a café-styled setting as they perform the sit-com inspired live performance: “Java Tacoma: Episode 37.”

The show is the first in a series of the Tacoma-infused live soap opera, as well as the first of many other locally written productions to come for Dukesbay. Production partners Randy Clark and wife Aya Hashiguchi Clark founded Dukesbay as a way to feature the work of budding playwrights, and encourage all ethnicities to participate in theater.

They plan to work solely with local, independent writers to produce fresh, unique theatrical performances to the area.

The couple has been active in the local theater community for years. Randy Clark has acted and directed in many local community theaters and also sits on the board at the Tacoma Little Theater.

“After you’ve worked enough in other people’s theaters, I thought I would kind of like to do it on my own and see if I can make it happen,” Randy said. “Local playwrights are not really (preformed) in the local community theaters.”

Community theaters have to do established plays because they need to attract paying audiences, he added.

“They have so much overhead,” Randy said. “But this is just me. This is just my money. We’re bare bones.”
Written by Federal Way resident Curtis Swanson, “Java Tacoma” is rooted in T-Town character and references, and is a light hearted comedy centering around three best friends who meet for coffee to chat each day.

For the first run, the performances will be held at Trinity Fellowship Hall. Future productions may be held at various venues around town before Dukesbay settles into a permanent location.

“Right now Dukesbay is literally going show by show,” Randy said.

But the first round of Java Tacoma should not be missed for its unique sitcom style and local flare, he noted. And for $15 at the door, audiences also get a cup of coffee and a pastry from Corina Bakery.

“Java Tacoma: Episode 37” will run March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. at The Trinity Fellowship Hall (1619 6th Ave., Tacoma). Tickets are $15. Recommended for ages 13 and older, due to some mature content. Reservations can be made by phone: (253) 267-0869 or email