5TH OF JULY to Launch Theatre22's Inaugural Season, 10/4
Theatre22's inaugural production will be 5th of July by Lanford Wilson, directed by Julie Beckman, opening October 4, 2013.
Sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness that must be fought back if one is to perceive the good that life can offer.
At a sprawling farmhouse in rural Missouri, Ken, a legless Vietnam veteran and his lover, Jed, welcome a disparate group of colorful old friends and family for an impromptu reunion. As they reminisce, revealing lost dreams and buried resentments; they expose the shattered hopes of their college days at Berkeley and the unhealed trauma of the Vietnam War. At once poignant and marvelously funny, 5th of July is a compassionate portrait of a generation that is trying to transcend the disillusionment of the seventies, learn what can be salvaged from the past, and find the courage to begin anew. Sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness that must be fought back if one is to perceive the good that life can offer.
Kenneth Talley, Jr.: Chris Shea
Set Design: Michael Mowery
The production will run at West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th, Seattle, WA. PWYC Preview Thursday October 3, 2013 8:00pm; Opening Friday October 4, 2013; Regular Run: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm, October 4th - 26th; PWYC Industry Night: Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:00pm.
Theatre22, Seattle's newest theatre company seeks to be a forum where artists and audiences alike are brought to the experience of awareness, understanding and healing of the human condition and the recovery of the spirit through the gifts of the performing arts and entertainment. We strive to serve our culturally diverse area as a meeting ground for the enrichment and growth of our community through educational resources and the expression of thought provoking, belief challenging works. We are here to serve as a home to self-producing artistic and technical visionaries to explore, contribute and expand for the betterment of their crafts and the enrichment of our society. www.theatre22.org
Pictured: (Left Top to Right Bottom) Megan Ahiers as June Talley, Alex Garnett as Jed Jenkins, Chris Shea as Ken Talley, Tom Stewart as John Landis, Meg McLynn as Gwen Landis, Mary Machala as Sally Friedman, Rachel Sedwick as Shirley Talley and Zachary Sanders as Weston Hurley. Photo courtesy of Robert Falk.