Seattle's ACT to Feature TRIPLE BILL- One Act Plays by Woody Allen, Steve Martin & Sam Shepard in July 2014

Seattle's ACT to Feature TRIPLE BILL- One Act Plays by Woody Allen, Steve Martin & Sam Shepard in July 2014

ACT - A Contemporary Theatre under the direction of Artistic Director Kurt Beattie has officially announced the 2014 mainstage season. Next year, ACT has a balance of plays that are smart and beautiful, hilarious and zany, as well as thrilling and suspenseful. Fresh from Broadway is the Seattle premiere of the Tony Award Winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang. Also on deck for 2014 is the off-Broadway hit, Bethany by Laura Marks. Back from directing the Broadway opening of First Date, director Bill Berry will mount the infamous cult musical hitLittle Shop of Horrors for the intimate Falls Theatre. Heavy hitters and famous authors Sam Shepard, Steve Martin, and Woody Allen will have their one-act plays combine for a summer triple bill, and Arthur Miller's The Price will offer a look at an expertly crafted drama that remains timeless. ACT is honored to work with writer/actor Ayad Akhtar, winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Disgraced, on his recent play, a revised version of The Invisible Hand.

"The lineup of plays in 2014 is exactly the kind of season we aim for at ACT. It's a mix that combines a classic heralded writer like Arthur Miller and puts his work right next to new exciting playwrights like Ayad Akhtar and Laura Marks," says artistic director Kurt Beattie. "This is a season about exploring the works of established masters of the theatre as well as boldly taking on new nail-biting and intoxicating works by the most exciting young writers working today."

The previously announced 2014 title of Red Earth, Gold Gate, Shadow Sky by Mark Jenkins has been mutually agreed upon by ACT and the playwright to continue workshop and development efforts towards production at a later date.

Subscriptions for 2014 are on sale now, with priority given to renewing season ticket holders. All mainstage shows are available on the ACTPass monthly membership and will be available for single ticket purchase in February of 2014. All ticket purchases and information are available at www.acttheatre.org or (206) 292-7676.

ACT Theatre's 49th Mainstage Season will appear as follows:

Little Shop of Horrors
(Co-production with The 5th Avenue Theatre)
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman I Music by Alan Menken
Previews begin March 8, Press Opening March 13

This delightfully demented comedy that ran for five years off-Broadway features hapless lovers Seymour and Audrey, a man-eating plant, and a finger-popping trio of doo-wop singers in a hilarious send-up of B-movie horror flicks with an irresistible rock and Motown-style score.

Bethany
Written by Laura Marks
Previews begin April 11, Press Opening April 17

The reality of the economic meltdown as seen through the life of a struggling suburban single mom trying to keep it all together. It all comes down to one big sale, and when the pressure is on, she pushes her own limits to get back everything she wants - including her daughter.

The Price
Written by Arthur Miller
Previews begin May 30, Press Opening June 5

Two grown brothers get a hard lesson in truth and consequences. After taking separate paths in life, their versions of family history collide when they meet after 16 years to settle their late father's estate. The New York Times says, "The Price is one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Arthur Miller has ever written."



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