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Tony Award winner for Best Play.
Accidental president. Brilliant politician. Flawed man. It's 1963 and an assassin's bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing the country into turmoil. But in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. The Huffington Post calls Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan's dramatization of LBJ's first year in office "a vivid profile of one of the most complicated men to occupy the presidency."
The minute you gain power, you start to lose it. In his second term of office, LBJ struggles to fight a war on poverty as the war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history. Commissioned by Seattle Rep, Robert Schenkkan's The Great Society depicts the larger-than-life politician's tragic fall from grace, as his accomplishments—the passage of hundreds of bills to enact reform in civil and voting rights, poverty, and education—are overshadowed by the bitter failure of the Vietnam War.
Military leader Othello passes over his ensign, Iago, for a promotion in favor of young Cassio. Seeking revenge, master manipulator Iago seeds Othello's mind with mistrust for his new bride Desdemona. The lies spread like wildfire clouding Othello's vision for what is true and what is false. The flame of jealousy fills him with self-doubt, destroying his once-happy marriage. With soaring language and psychological depth, Shakespeare creates a highly charged tale that roars to a crashing conclusion.
From director Timothy Bond and the creative team that brought you Fences (2010) comes August Wilson's second Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Berniece Charles is planning to bestow her family's antique piano to her daughter, but her brother Boy Willie has other ideas. He wants to sell the heirloom for cash to buy the land their family once worked as slaves. In this intimate story, brother and sister struggle over how to claim their family's legacy and when to free themselves of the past. Set in Depression-era Pittsburgh, The Piano Lesson is a perfect introduction to the late playwright's Century Cycle, as well as a touching tale of family, history and survival.
Seattle Public Theater (SPT) presents the Pacific Northwest premiere of Jacqueline Goldfinger's explosive and poignant play, Slip/Shot directed by 2014 Gregory Award nominee, Kelly Kitchens.
Winner of the Brown Martin Award and the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, Slip/Shot takes us to racially divided Tallahassee of 1963, where a white security guard accidentally kills an innocent young black man. America's legacy of racism and gun violence take a seat at the table in this haunting and lyrical story that is as vital now as ever.
Supraliminal (adj. above the threshold of consciousness) is a world premier play commissioned by Seattle Immersive Theatre, revolving around multiple existing locations. The show will start in an actual college lecture hall where the audience/class will begin a Parapsychology Integrated Studies course taught by Prof. Marcus Cadman, Prof. Elizabeth Jensen and well-known Northwest psychic Miles Zaniel. The class/audience will be transported (via school bus) to the Georgetown Steam Plant for the field investigation element of the course. There, they will witness an ongoing investigation of paranormal and psychic phenomena.