Aleister Crowley was a playwright
Who knew? This weekend, you can take in The Rite of Saturn a piece of “ritual theater” by the occultist/libertine/self-described Great Beast at the Empty Space Theatre. According to the director, The Rite of Saturn is one of seven “planetary works” Crowley wrote for the stage: “Saturn is a Titan, father of the gods, who ate his children, so it’s kind of dark, a fun little play about time and death.” In honor of Saturn, audience members can buy gingerbread cookies shaped like babies to munch at intermission. Freaky. The company has produced four of Crowley’s other ritual plays (which feature hymns, speeches, and blessings) at the Seattle Art Museum, the Union Garage, a Masonic hall, and the woods.
The Rite of Saturn plays Friday at 7 and Saturday at 3, $10 advance/$12 day of show. You can reserve tickets at (where else?) 206-PAN-1999.