Patti West and her partner Amanda Slepski, who run Theater Off : Eagles Aerie #1
Jackson in the international district, have made an offer on an
(run by a yet-unnamed person who, West says, "manages restaurants
for a prominent local chef who has a lot of locations"). Theater Off
Jackson will keep producing theater, but concentrate more on Asian-
American work while the new space, called Exit 162, will be a home
base for a coalition of companies, including Printer's Devil, Macha
Monkey, Our American Theater Company, and Actor's Theater of
, a new company run by actor Hans Altweis and his wife,
the actor and Stranger Genius Award-winner Amy Thone.
West and Slepski moved to
against the idea that it's too far away from central Seattle to be a
viable arts destination. "First, we polled our current audience, and
98 percent of people who come to Theater Off Jackson drive there,"
West says. "Second, in a few years, many more people will already be
living there. I'm betting on it."