Doubt and Rachel Corrie Highlight Seattle Rep Season
Artistic Director David Esbjornson has announcedSeattle Repertory Theatre's upcoming 2006-07 season , which will feature the first regional production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt and the much talked about My Name is Rachel Corrie.
Seattle Rep's 2006-2007 season includes the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Doubt by John Patrick Shanley; the new stage version of the classic novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapted by Simon Levy; the long awaited revival of Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque; Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman's Fire on the Mountain, a new musical from the creators of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blue,; August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, the last of August Wilson's plays to be presented at Seattle Rep; the hit of off-Broadway, Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno; two Women Playwright's Festival veteran authors, with Kathleen Tolan's Memory House and Tanya Barfield's Blue Door; and My Name is Rachel Corrie based on the life and writings of political activist Rachel Corrie, by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner.
John Patrick Shanley's 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt (September 21st-October 21st, 2006) is a riveting exploration of paranoia and suspicion in the Catholic Church. Set in a
The hit of off-Broadway when it premiered in 2005, Thom Pain (based on nothing) (October 5th-November 5th, 2006) is one of those events in the theatre that invites a string of adjectives – funny, edgy, existential, honest, engaging, raw – and yet defies classification or description. A treatise on life and love, and the profound terror of same, Thom Pain was described in the New York Times as "one of those treasured nights in the theater - treasured nights anywhere, for that matter - that can leave you both breathless with exhilaration and, depending on your sensitivity to meditations on the bleak and beautiful mysteries of human experience, in a puddle of tears. Also in stitches." The audience is invited to join Thom in his exploration of lost love and childhood foibles, and the anxieties brought on by them. It is an odd and intoxicating affirmation of the value of being alive.
Simon Leavy's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby will play November 2nd- December 20th, 2006. A green light shines at the end of Daisy Buchanan's pier in East Egg,
There are times when we are called upon to define ourselves. Kathleen Tolan's Memory House (November 16th-December 17th, 2006) takes an intimate look at one of those moments, shared between a mother and a daughter. It's New Year's Eve, and Maggie, divorced and jobless, is facing the prospect having to live alone again as her adopted daughter Katia prepares to leave Maggie's home. Katia is struggling to write a personal essay required for her college application. As the clock ticks down to the postmark deadline, anxiety and emotions lurking beneath the surface begin to erupt. Memory House confronts the anguish and guilt we feel when we know our actions will hurt someone we love. Memory House was first developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre as part of the Women Playwright's Festival.
Edward Albee's rarely produced The Lady from Dubuque will run January 11-February 10, 2007. Jo and Sam are having a party. As the evening wears and guests and hosts alike become less congenial, it becomes clear that the thrust and parry of chatter at this gathering isn't completely frivolous. Something dark is at rest behind Jo's biting humor. As the party breaks up and everyone seeks their own solace, an unexpected guest and her mysterious companion arrive. Will she bring Jo comfort? And are Jo and Sam ready to accept what this lady has to offer? Seattle Repertory Theatre mounts this long-awaited revival of this rarely produced stunner by the author of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and reunites the recent Broadway team (of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?) of playwright laureate Edward Albee and director David Esbjornson.
Tanya Barfield's Blue Door will play February 1st-March 4th, 2007. Lewis is a sleepless mathematics professor, restless during a night of personal and professional crisis. He has inadvertently conjured his ancestors. As four generations prod him with their disquieting stories of slavery, Black Power and academia, he begins to understand what it means to be black, both then and now. Tanya Barfield's play is sparked by abundant humor and woven through with original songs, in a poetic depiction of one man's exploration of his personal and cultural history. Winner of the 2003 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, Tanya Barfield was named by Ms. Magazine "One of the 21 Young Women to Watch for in the 21st Century."
From the creators of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues comes a new musical about the lives of coal miners in the
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Closing Seattle Rep's season is August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean (April 5th-May 6th, 2007). Aunt Ester is 287 years old in 1907, and a survivor of the first slave ships to come to
Seattle Repertory Theatre, founded in 1963, is led by Artistic Director David Esbjornson and Managing Director Benjamin Moore. One of
For more information call Seatte Rep's box office at (206) 443-2222, or visit www.seattlerep.org
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