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The University of Washington School of Drama Announces 2018 - 2019 Season Photo The University of Washington School of Drama Announces 2018 - 2019 Season
by A.A. Cristi - May 18, 2018

The University of Washington School of Drama, under the leadership of outgoing Executive Director Todd London, incoming Executive Director Lynn M. Thomas and incoming Associate Director Geoff Korf, is pleased to announce our 2018 -2019 season.

BWW Review: SPT's HAND TO GOD is a Devilish Good Time Photo BWW Review: SPT's HAND TO GOD is a Devilish Good Time
by Jay Irwin - May 12, 2018

Dear Readers, a few years back on one of my trips to the Mothership, I managed to catch Robert Askins' hilarious play "Hand to God" on Broadway and as soon as I finished wetting myself from laughter I thought, "Someone in Seattle needs to do this so my Dear Readers can wet themselves as well." Well last night I watched the entire house at Seattle Public Theater collectively wetting themselves over this hysterical show and so my wish has come true. My wish for all of you.

Seattle Public Theater Invites Americans To Face Their Demons In Its 2018-19 Season Photo Seattle Public Theater Invites Americans To Face Their Demons In Its 2018-19 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 30, 2018

Seattle Public Theater announced today the four shows selected for its 2018-19 Mainstage Season: #CONFRONTINGAMERICA. Featuring four productions in the company's intimate 165-seat Bathhouse Theater, the season includes the regional premiere of Tanya Saracho's national sensation FADE; the world premiere of 2017 Emerald Prize winner FIRE SEASON by Aurin Squire; DRY LAND, "a shocking but honest portrayal of teenage crisis" by Ruby Rae Spiegel; and THE CALL by Tanya Barfield, which tackles the complex issues that accompany adoption across cultures.

SESAME STREET Meets THE EXORCIST In Dark Comedy HAND TO GOD Photo SESAME STREET Meets THE EXORCIST In Dark Comedy HAND TO GOD
by Julie Musbach - Apr 16, 2018

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason's complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and-most especially-his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason's puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. A devilishly dark, hysterical romp to hell and back, HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.

BWW Review: Seattle Public's IRONBOUND Delivers Raw Power Photo BWW Review: Seattle Public's IRONBOUND Delivers Raw Power
by Jay Irwin - Mar 30, 2018

Seattle Public Theater tends towards the darker, edgier plays. That's not to say they're adverse to a comedy now and then as is evident with their next offering, 'Hand to God' which I saw on Broadway and laughed my butt off all the way through but still a very dark comedy. But I digress. Typically, they lean toward stories with grit, pathos and anguish. Now I'll admit that their choices don't always hit with me but when they do they hit hard. Past shows like 'On Clover Road' or 'Grounded' still reverberate in my memory as shows that managed to grab me by the heart and soul and shake me around like a little rag doll. Such is the case with their current offering, 'Ironbound' by Martyna Majok.

Seattle Opera's O+E Puts Feminist Storytelling Center Stage Photo Seattle Opera's O+E Puts Feminist Storytelling Center Stage
by Julie Musbach - Mar 19, 2018

What would you do for just one more moment with the person you love? Seattle Opera hopes to make audience members hold their dear ones a little closer through its new chamber opera, O+E, presented in the Seattle Opera Studios. This new twist on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth is brought to life through an all-women creative team and cast of principal singers.

Seattle Shakespeare Company Announces Female-Forward 2018-2019 Season Photo Seattle Shakespeare Company Announces Female-Forward 2018-2019 Season
by Julie Musbach - Mar 13, 2018

Classical plays with strong female leads make up Seattle Shakespeare Company's upcoming season just announced by Artistic Director George Mount.  Plans for the company's 2018-2019 season include Richard III, Arms and the Man, All's Well That Ends Well, She Stoops to Conquer, and As You Like It. "The thematic narrative for the shows is All's Fair in Love and War," said Mount. "Each of the plays has something to say about the efforts that people go through to get what they want either in the field of combat or the field of romance."

Working Class Immigrants Choose Survival Over The American Dream In IRONBOUND Photo Working Class Immigrants Choose Survival Over The American Dream In IRONBOUND
by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2018

At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it's time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, and three relationships, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Award-winning playwright Martyna Majok's IRONBOUND is a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury-and a liability-as she fights to survive in America.

THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS, PORGY AND BESS and More Lead Seattle Opera's Season Photo THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS, PORGY AND BESS and More Lead Seattle Opera's Season
by Julie Musbach - Jan 2, 2018

Seattle Opera's 2018/19 season offers something new for everyone. Every production is new to Seattle, and the offerings span the entire repertoire from the standard European classics Il trovatore and Carmen to the twentieth- century masterpieces The Gershwins' Porgy And BessSM and The Turn of the Screw. The season also reaches into the twenty-first century with The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which comes to Seattle after its world premiere and rave reviews in Santa Fe where it was hailed as the best-selling new production in the company's history.

BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Noir CHRISTMASTOWN Successfully Threads Parody N Photo BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Noir CHRISTMASTOWN Successfully Threads Parody Needle
by Amelia Reynolds - Dec 14, 2017

Can a Christmas noir be both gripping and funny? Can it succeed at all? Well, we know it can, because Christmastown returns to Seattle Public Theater as the second half of their holiday double feature. Not only does director Kelly Kitchens avoid cheesiness (which something like this could so, so easily have in spades), but she creates a yuletide, hard boiled mash-up that works both as a comedy and as a noir. Ring-a-ding-ding, we got us a perfect parody!

Seattle Public Theater Unveils New Holiday Double-Header Photo Seattle Public Theater Unveils New Holiday Double-Header
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2017

Seattle Public Theater's holiday double-header returns this season with beloved Seattle favorite Christmastown: A Holiday Noir, to be directed by Co-Producing Artistic Director Kelly Kitchens, and the newly-commissioned world premiere of The Flight Before Xmas by local Gregory Award-nominated playwright Maggie Lee.

Seattle Public Theater Unveils New Holiday Double-Header Photo Seattle Public Theater Unveils New Holiday Double-Header
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 7, 2017

Seattle Public Theater's holiday double-header returns this season with beloved Seattle favorite Christmastown: A Holiday Noir, to be directed by Co-Producing Artistic Director Kelly Kitchens, and the newly-commissioned world premiere of The Flight Before Xmas by local Gregory Award-nominated playwright Maggie Lee.

Satire Set in Contemporary China to Open Seattle Public's 2017-18 Season Photo Satire Set in Contemporary China to Open Seattle Public's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2017

Seattle Public Theater's 2017-18 Season opens with Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's The World of Extreme Happiness.

Satire Set in Contemporary China to Open Seattle Public's 2017-18 Season Photo Satire Set in Contemporary China to Open Seattle Public's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

Seattle Public Theater's 2017-18 Season opens with Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's The World of Extreme Happiness.

Seattle Public Theater Announces 2017-18 Season
by A.A. Cristi - May 1, 2017

Gregory Award-winning Seattle Public Theater announced the lineup for its 2017-18 season yesterday. The six plays, including a newly-commissioned world premiere by local playwright Maggie Lee and the runaway broadway sensation Hand to God by Robert Askins, were chosen specifically by newly appointed co-producing Artistic Directors Kelly Kitchens and Annie Lareau as part of the organization's mission to produce compelling and socially relevant theater that sparks conversation, broadens consciousness, and inspires compassion.

BWW Review: Seattle Public's GROUNDED Soars into the Blue
by Jay Irwin - Mar 27, 2017

Anytime a theater does a one person show it's a risky proposition. You, of course, need the right piece. You need a good set that doesn't detract from the lone performer on stage. You need good direction of that performer so it doesn't feel too static. And most importantly, you need a performer who can grab ahold of the audience right away and lead them on their journey. Well lucky for Seattle Public Theater and for us, they have all those things and then some with their current production of "Grounded", a production that will shake you to your core.

GROUNDED Sets Sights on the Consequences of Modern Warfare
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Seattle Public Theater takes aim at the dilemma of every drone pilot with Grounded: a high-intensity, one-woman drama by playwright George Brant. In this acclaimed story, an ace fighter pilot's career in the sky is ended early due to an unexpected pregnancy.

Seattle Opera Premieres Bilingual Children's Opera
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2017

Bring the whole family to see¬†Cinderella en Espa√Īa-a¬†universal rags-to-riches tale that explores the beauty of kindness and the ugliness of mistreating others. Seattle Opera will offer its new Spanish/English performance at both its annual¬†Frost Fest¬†on¬†Feb. 4¬†at Cornish Playhouse, and onMarch 19¬†at Kirkland Performance Center; ultimately, the production will tour more than 40 elementary schools statewide.

Seattle Opera Launches Seattle Opera Academy
by Christina Mancuso - Jan 31, 2017

Seattle Opera launches a new chapter in its commitment to training young artists and preparing singers for opera careers with its new Seattle Opera Academy. Presented in collaboration with Seattle Youth Symphony's Marrowstone Music Festival, this three-week intensive training program for singers ages 16-22 will be hosted at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.

Seattle Opera Premieres Bilingual Children's Opera
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 16, 2017

Bring the whole family to see¬†Cinderella en Espa√Īa-a¬†universal rags-to-riches tale that explores the beauty of kindness and the ugliness of mistreating others. Seattle Opera will offer its new Spanish/English performance at both its annual¬†Frost Fest¬†on¬†Feb. 4¬†at Cornish Playhouse, and onMarch 19¬†at Kirkland Performance Center; ultimately, the production will tour more than 40 elementary schools statewide.

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