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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 delightfully horrible Herdman clan descends on the Bathhouse for their 14th consecutive year, turning a pedestrian pageant into sidesplitting chaos and bringing new life to an old tradition. Featuring a cast of young actors alongside adult professionals, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the not-to-be-missed holiday favorite for kids of all ages.
The name is Nick. Nick Holiday. I'm no saint-but if you can pay me half up front I may be able to find what it is you are looking for. Unless, of course, what you are looking for is happiness. Then you're on your own. Because me? I work in Christmastown. And this story starts just like they all do… with an elf.
The master storytellers behind 2011's hit The K of D, an urban legend return with this world premiere play about women behaving badly. In this pitch black comedy commissioned by Seattle Rep, Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as hard and polished as their nails. When Bette's reputation takes a hit, they are faced with a choice—band together to save the agency or fend for themselves. Playwright Schellhardt has crafted a neo-feminist satire that begs the question: is there more than one way for women to do business?
Curated by Washington Ensemble Theatre with support from ACT's Associate Artistic Director John Langs and Literary Manager Anita Montgomery, The Construction Zone provides playwrights with opportunities to develop and share new work, while providing audiences with an intimate and meaningful exposure to the process. Plays chosen for the series will be of the moment and feature gifted playwrights from around the country. Performed by professional artists and followed by discussions.
Sarah Ruhl, one of the most celebrated playwrights of her generation, paints a portrait of the remarkable 30-year friendship between two of the most honored American poets of the 20th century: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Using their actual letters with postmarks from across the country and around the world, Ruhl illustrates a relationship full of artistic admiration and warm camaraderie. Directed by Allison Narver (The Hound of the Baskervilles), this artfully woven story captures the beauty and power of language as two poets navigate the terrain of an ever-shifting world.
Set in an unnamed country that is, like the author's native Chile, emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play explores the after effects of repression on hearts and souls. Paulina Escobar's husband Gerardo is to head an investigation into past human rights abuses. A Dr. Miranda stops at Escobars' to congratulate Gerardo. Paulina overhears them speaking and is convinced that Miranda supervised her prison torture sessions. She ties him to a chair and conducts her own interrogation, gun in hand. Escobar doesn't know whether to believe his distraught wife or his persuasive new friend. This white knuckle thriller is a riveting intellectual and emotional tug of war.
With all the traditional charm of old London at the holidays, Dick Whittington's adventurous story begins with Dick's poor beginnings as an orphan who comes to the big city in hope of finding the streets paved with gold. From there he finds his way in the world, buoyed by the kindness of others and an alliance with the most remarkable cat. Together, they overcome many a rat, making their way through foreign lands, past pirates and back home to a good fortune and a better life.
Experience the great plays you seldom see on the stage! Join Seattle theatre artists as they give voice to the characters that sit silent on your bookshelves.
This barbershop quartet is suddenly a trio scrambling to find a tenor before the national competition. When the golden tones of "Bob" are heard through the phone the Lipitones are all ears … but what's that on his head? An uproarious comedy of misunderstanding, stereotypes and the path to perfect harmony.
Rudyard Kipling's classic tale comes alive in this funny, colorful adaptation by prize-winning playwright Y York. This sweet story of friendship and cooperation takes place in an exotic Indian garden and tells the charming tale of an unusual friendship between an innocent baby mongoose (our hero, Rikki), a vain and bossy bird, and a dear but befuddled muskrat. Through the shared danger of facing Nag, the sneaky cobra, these unlikely comrades find that they are smarter, braver and more resourceful together, and that a strong home makes room for everyone. Good for ages 5+
Goodnight Moon has been cherished by generations for over 40 years, and SCT's lively musical production has been popular all over the country since the world premiere in 2007. Now we're bringing this signature piece home again so a new group of children and families can enjoy the surprise and delight of Bunny's imaginative detours on the way to dreamland. In this intimate production, everyone will revel with Bunny in the fun of jumping cows, dancing bears and a room that springs to life. Goodnight Moon is a truly timeless theatre experience the whole family can enjoy.
Recommended for Ages 3+
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.
Lifting liberally from Hamlet, this nimble and offbeat comedy set in an English garden estate introduces a socially awkward scientist who deftly links the cosmology of bees to black holes, but cannot fathom the mysteries of love and family.
One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Charming, tuneful and hilarious, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Little Shop of Horrors never fails to entertain.
From the ashes of Mount St. Helens emerged a monster with mysterious powers—powers that changed one boy's life forever. Superhero or freak? Not even he was sure until one fated night of adventure, music and love on the streets of Seattle. Triple-threat Seattle artist Justin Huertas brings his breakout hit of the 2013 New Play Festival to the mainstage in this world premiere production. Equal parts comic book lore, coming-of-age love story and irrepressible tunes, audiences can expect the unexpected in this original rock musical. Ka-Pow!!
Left to clean up a city rampant with corruption, Angelo lays down the law sentencing a young man, Claudio, to death for impregnating his own girlfriend Juliet before marriage. Angelo's particular moral weaknesses surface when Claudio's sister, Isabella, a novice nun, pleads for her brother's life. For Angelo, Isabella's beauty and piety hold an erotic charm and he presents her with a shocking proposition. How far will Isabella go to save her brother's life? Who has true authority to judge another? Shakespeare offers no easy answers in this dark comedy of desires.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table- featuring cows, killer rabbits, and a Diva to end all divas. Winner of three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical."
Mwindo is an epic central African tale passed on for centuries featuring heroic being and fantastical creatures. Mwindo, born as a full-sized boy, is an unwitting threat to his father, a Chief whose heart is corrupted with greed and hatred for the son who will grow to take his place. Mwindo journeys on a quest to battle enemies and overcome obstacles, to triumph and forgive, to bring his people compassion and the richness of joy. With plenty of action and adventure, music and dance, Mwindo teaches us what it's like to search for and find one's warrior spirit.
Recommended for ages 9+
For three decades, Seattle Rep has been investing in playwrights and their work, and we are proud to have collaborated on some of the best plays in modern American theatre.
Plays are not books. They are meant to be performed, and Seattle Rep offers something every play-in-progress needs: an audience. Today's festival highlight might be tomorrow's main stage hit. Don't miss your opportunity to say you saw it first!
A collaboration between Northwest Actors Lab and Bainbridge Performing Arts, the festival is directed by Dinah Manoff and showcases the very best talent Bainbridge has to offer in a selection of comedic and dramatic one act plays from playwrights familiar and obscure.
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 the author of Doubt and Moonstruck comes a romantic comedy set in rural Ireland. Anthony and Rosemary are 40-somethings who haven't got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries, and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Patrick Shanley's tenderhearted portrait reminds us it's never too late to take a chance on love.
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.
Told by a mysterious troupe of performers, a young and dreamy prince, Pippin is unhappy with his lot. Overlooked by his errant father King Charles, and mocked by his family, he wants to learn the meaning of life, and takes on a series of thrilling challenges, including becoming involved in war, switching sides to become a revolutionary, whilst leaving a trail of broken hearts over the land. But perhaps excitement and freedom isn't the key to living, and maybe its modesty that will fill the void.
This special program is one of celebration, community and the American spirit. Through the generous support of the Fletcher Bay Foundation we are showcasing our new set of timpani in American composer Michael Daugherty's thrilling concerto, Raise the Roof! performed by Gunnar Folsom. Kevin Puts won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and his work for orchestra, Millennium Canons, will have its Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra debut. Closing the performance in grand fashion is Beethoven's Chorale Fantasy featuring the BSO, Mark Salman on piano, and the Community SING! Chorus.
Back by popular demand, Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men once again raise a ruckus on SCT's stage, swashbuckling theirs way into our hearts as they do all the wrong things for the right reasons. As Robin Hood fights for justice, dodges the Sheriff of Nottingham, and woos Maid Marian, the stage comes alive with sword fights and archery, word play and physical comedy. Robin Hood is one of the most popular shows SCT has ever produced, and no wonder - it's a glorious romantic adventure with charm and wit that never fails to rouse our hearts in the age-old battle of good versus evil.
For ages 8+
The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway's most innovative and influential artist is at the center of this tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Enjoy a dazzling array of some of Sondheim's best-known songs including numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized the musical theatre with their masterful craft and astounding creativity. This Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master, and a must for die-hard fans.
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.
A sassy, troubled young woman is sent to visit her reclusive uncle in the jungles of Costa Rica. As each of them confront a history of scandal and poor judgement, a path is revealed to connect human frailty to personal accountability.
Against the backdrop of an America torn by World War II, cultures and communities clash when a Japanese American islander is accused of murder. This hauntingly lyrical saga—adapted from David Guterson's acclaimed story of mystery, love, and identity—deftly shifts from courtroom to strawberry fields to bloody battlefront, digging for hard truths buried in a forgotten history.
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.
Two awkward and unlikely lovers reunite in Lanford Wilson's highly acclaimed romantic comedy. Set against the bigotry, racism and wartime disillusion of rural Missouri, can a Jewish lawyer and a Protestant spinster find a way to waltz together?
Orgon's household is under the influence of a seductive swindler named Tartuffe. This cunning con man, masquerading as a holy man, plans to dupe the gullible Orgon out of his fortune, his daughter, and his reputation. The pious grifter can do no wrong in his host's eyes, yet everyone else in the household smells a rat. Just when the jig is up, Tartuffe ups the stakes and the charm. Moliere's laugh-out-loud funny tale of deception, hypocrisy, and power shish-kabobs false morality.
Indulge yourself with this intoxicating program from Russia! Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 sits at the top of the concerto repertory and pianist Anastasia Solomatina will dazzle audiences with her energy and technical flair. Vasily Kalinnikov's life was cut short by illness but not before he wrote his magnificent symphony in G minor. If you are a fan of Tchaikovsky's symphonies then you will love this hidden jewel from the Russian repertory. Dmitri Shostakovich's Festive Overture will open the program with rousing brass fanfares and spectacular color.
Love lost. Love found. Love turned upside down. Shakespeare's sparkling comedy turns desire on its ear when shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian roam Illyria stirring up attraction and distraction wherever they go. Orsino loves Olivia, but she pays him no mind. Olivia loves Viola, whom she's mistaken for a boy. Viola loves Orsino, and he has no idea she's a girl. Toby Belch, Andrew, Feste and Maria love playing pranks on Malvolio who is in love with love (and himself). Strange romance gives way to a miracle in this rollicking comedy of misplaced longing.
Following a sold-out off-Broadway run and an international tour to Australia, Seattle natives Jerick Hoffer (Jinkx Monsoon, "RuPaul's Drag Race") and Richard Andriessen (Major Scales) bring this bawdy, rowdy musical revue home. The impossible premise? "The Vaudevillians," a fictional 1920s duo, were literally frozen in time while touring in Antarctica. Thawing out nearly a century later, they discover their original music has been co-opted throughout the years—and they're not going to stand for it. Wigs will fly as the two perform hits from the likes of Janis Joplin and Gloria Gaynor in the style of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. It's a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag.
A lonely tree at the junction of a dirt road, on a day indistinguishable from any other day, two vagabond souls anxiously wait for their appointed meeting. They bicker, wheedle, tease, ponder, wonder and hold fast to anything that will give them a cause to live until the next day. Samuel Beckett introduced us to Vladimir and Estragon when the world lived in fear of nuclear annihilation. Since then these two clowns, as well as their fellow travelers Pozzo and Lucky, have helped us take one falteringly dangerous step after another into an unknown future.
Pushed together as room-mates at The University of Shiz, initially the beautiful and popular Glinda clashes with the fiery, misunderstood, green-skinned Elphaba. Soon they learn to put their differences aside, and form an unexpected bond, that stays with them for years to come. An uplifting and affirming adventure, get your tickets for the hottest tour in town