Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse Sets 2014-15 Season: SLIP/SHOT, HUMBLE BOY & More
Seattle Public Theater (SPT) at the Bathhouse has announced its 2014-15 Mainstage season featuring two Pacific Northwest premieres and a world premiere play penned by a Gregory Award winning playwright.
Opening the season is the Pacific Northwest premiere of Jacqueline Goldfinger's Slip/Shot, directed by Kelly Kitchens (SPT's The Understudy, The Santaland Diaries, and Arcadia). What happens in a 1963 racially divided American South when a white security guard accidentally kills an innocent young black man? America's legacy of racism takes a seat at the table in this explosive new drama that will surprise with its compassion and courage. Winner of the Brown Martin Award and the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, Slip/Shot runs September 25th through October 12th, 2014.
SPT has a double-dose of holiday fun in store this season. 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 (AKA BXPE) is the not-to-be-missed holiday favorite for families and kids of all ages. This season's production of Barbara Robinson's BXPE is directed by SPT teaching artist and alum, Emily Purington. BXPE plays December 4th and runs through 24th, 2014.
Get ready for an original holiday "Mystery" play! Is it a noir holiday thriller? Is it Sherlock meets Rudolph? Is it the start of a new holiday tradition? SPT decided the Bathhouse needed a tailor-made story so we commissioned Gregory Award-winning director and playwright, Wayne Rawley (Theater Schmeater's Live! From the Last Night of My Life and SPT's Youth Program's Attack of the Killer Murder of Death, and Salesgirls of Nowhere) for a one-of-a-kind holiday tale just for you! Director Kelly Kitchens is scheduled to unwrap this world premiere December 5th the 21st.
Lifting liberally from Hamlet, Charlotte Jones' Humble Boy is a nimble and offbeat comedy set in an English garden estate that introduces a socially awkward scientist who deftly links the cosmology of bees to black holes, but cannot fathom the mysteries of love and family. A 2001 Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play, Humble Boy is directed by Marcus Goodwin (SPT's My Wonderful Day and Book-It's Emma) and plays January 29thto February 15th, 2015.
In Greg Pierce's Slowgirl, 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 judgment, a path is revealed to connect human frailty with personal accountability. Kelly Kitchens directs this Pacific Northwest premiere. Slowgirl plays March 26th to April 12th, 2015.
Closing SPT's 2014-15 Mainstage season is the 1980 Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lanford Wilson'sTalley's Folly. 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? Directed by SPT Artistic Director, Shana Bestock (SPT's The Language Archive and Gidion's Knot), Talley's Folly plays May 14th through May 31st, 2015.