Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Backstage Red

One of the cast members of Seattle Semi-Pro applies her lipstick in the basement of a Capitol Hill club before the show.
Earlier this year, I photographed the Seattle Semi-Pro wrestlers on the closing night of their show circut. For several years, they performed in Capitol Hill circles, creating a small, but dedicated cult following. A disgruntled banana (a former wrestler upset with the troupe) eventually called the state's Department of Licensing. The DOL ruled the wrestlers were defined under "sports entertainment," and were subject to safety regulations, high fees and needed medical personnel at the shows. Seattle Semi-Pro argued they were not "real" wrestlers, but "fight-cabaret," more theater than athletics. Will the band of wrestlers return in another form? Recently I heard it might resurrect in another form, but time will tell.

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