Following its sold-out inaugural year in 2019, THING, the intimate three-day multidisciplinary event located at Fort Worden in scenic Port Townsend, WA, returns August 26-28, 2022. Produced by Seattle Theatre Group (STG) and Adam Zacks—STG’s Chief Programming Officer and founder of the acclaimed Sasquatch! Festival—the event features a unique and eclectic offering of tightly curated programming including music, comedy, food, podcasts, visual arts and more.
This year’s lineup includes Jungle, Modest Mouse, Father John Misty, Goose, Sparks, Freddie Gibbs, José González, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Please Don’t Destroy and more. See below for the complete programming lineup.
“It continues to be an honor to present a slate of extraordinary talent, rich with new discoveries, in the magnificent setting of Fort Worden,” Zacks says. “We aspire to offer something fresh to the festival landscape and create an environment where all are welcomed and represented.”
THING features two primary stages—Littlefield Green and the Parade Grounds—overlooking Puget Sound, as well as McCurdy Pavilion (a decommissioned balloon hangar) and the charming and intimate art-deco Wheeler Theatre. A variety of camping and parking accommodations will also be available for purchase as well as both three day and single day passes. The event is open to all ages and will feature multiple beer gardens with valid ID required for entry. Kids 12 & under are free.
Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is dedicated to ensuring programs and events are accessible for everyone who wants to attend and participate. THING will offer the following services: ASL interpretation, special viewing areas, modified interactive sessions, sensory + break areas led by Sensory Access and more! Working around a historic setting comes with challenges and limitations, we will do our best to provide the best experience for all.
ABOUT FORT WORDEN
Fort Worden and its epic natural setting of Port Townsend—dubbed “the Paris of the Pacific Northwest” by Sunset Magazine—is the kind of destination that stays with one for a lifetime. Originally designed as a military base to protect Puget Sound, Fort Worden has evolved into an iconic and cherished state park and lifelong learning center with accommodations, venues, restaurants and catering. Fort Worden’s magnificent setting encompasses 434 acres with 12 miles of forested hiking trails, two miles of walkable saltwater beaches and commanding views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains as well as views across the Strait of Juan De Fuca to the San Juan Islands. The Fort features 73 historic buildings with four museums and creative spaces for art and educational programs, yoga, woodworking and more. Eagle-eyed observers will recognize the Fort as the filming location for An Officer and a Gentleman. For the past 13 years, STG has partnered with Centrum and Fort Worden to provide the DANCE This! Camp at Centrum, a week-long overnight dance program for high school students to study a wide range of styles and techniques in a supportive, yet challenging atmosphere.
ABOUT SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP (STG)
Seattle Theatre Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization whose mission is to create enriching experiences in the arts, engage diverse communities, and steward historic theatres. STG presents a range of performances from Broadway, off-Broadway, dance and jazz, to comedy, concerts of all genres, speakers and family shows at its three iconic theatres (The Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatre) in Seattle and venues throughout the Puget Sound region and in Portland, Oregon. For more information visit stgpresent.org.
STG Education and Community Programs extend beyond the Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatre stages and into the lives of the greater Seattle community. Each season, STG offers over 260 education programs impacting over 55,000 students and community members from diverse ages and backgrounds. These programs deepen significance of performances through opportunities to engage with artists, inspire youth and local artists through training and performance opportunities, and provide exposure to the arts through access initiatives. For more information visit stgpresents.org/education.
THING 2022 PROGRAMMING LINEUP
FATHER JOHN MISTY
TRIUMPH THE INSULT
DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS
ADRIAN YOUNGE AND
ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD PRESENT JAZZ IS DEAD FEATURING BRIAN JACKSON, DOUG CARN
AND HENRY FRANKLIN WITH KATALYST
PLEASE DON’T DESTROY
ARCHITECTS OF AIR’S LUMINARIUM
NATION OF LANGUAGE
THE FUTURE IS 0
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DANCE WITH LIFE
PNW FUTURE OF
HIP HOP SPOTLIGHT
STG’S TEACHING ARTISTS