Early 2018-2019 Season Announcement! Seattle Rep Set To Produce Lin-Manuel Miranda's IN THE HEIGHTS
Seattle Repertory Theatre reveals a sneak peek at its 2018-2019 season, which will include the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, In The Heights. Set to perform on the Bagley Wright Theatre stage in late 2018, In The Heights was conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda who also wrote the music and lyrics, with book by Quiara Alegría Hudes.
Seattle Rep's new production of the hit musical will be directed by May Adrales (Vietgone). Seattle Rep subscribers will have priority access to tickets beginning in March, with single tickets going on sale this fall. In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood--a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.
"This winter and spring, we are presenting plays celebrating different facets of the immigrant experience in America," Braden Abraham, Seattle Rep Artistic Director commented. "I am pleased to announce that we will continue to expand the range of stories we're exploring along this rich and timely theme next season with a new production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's breakout musical In the Heights. Including In the Heights in our season also gives us the opportunity to expand on the range of contemporary musical work we have championed over the last few seasons, which have included Lizard Boy, Come From Away, and most recently Here Lies Love. With its irresistible Latin and hip-hop score, In the Heights resonates now more than ever. It's about never giving up on a founding vision of our country--daring to dream of a better life in a new land of opportunity. We're thrilled our audiences will get to experience this exciting early work of Lin-Manuel Miranda."
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. Broadway: Composer/Lyricist/Alexander Hamilton of Hamilton (11 Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prize, Grammy Award, Drama League Awards for Distinguished Performance and Outstanding Production of a Musical), Composer/Lyricist/Usnavi of In the Heights (four Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score, Grammy Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist, Tony nomination for Best Musical), West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish translations). Off-Broadway: Hamilton (10 Lortel Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, among others). With Tom Kitt, Lin-Manuel received an Emmy Award for "Bigger" from "The 67th Annual Tony Awards." TV/film: "Freestyle Love Supreme," "How I Met Your Mother," "Smash," "Do No Harm," "Modern Family," "House," "The Electric Company," "Sesame Street," "The Sopranos," The Odd Life of Timothy Green, 200 Cartas, and Disney's Moana (2017 Academy Award nomination for Best Song, "How Far I'll Go.")
Quiara Alegría Hudes is a playwright, strong wife and mother of two, Distinguished Professor at Wesleyan University, barrio feminist, and native of West Philly, U.S.A. Hailed for her work's exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed around the world. They include Water By the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; In the Heights, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer finalist; and Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, another Pulitzer finalist. Hudes is a playwright in residence at Signature Theater in New York, and Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon has dedicated its 2017 season to producing her work. Originally trained as a composer, Hudes writes at the intersection of music and drama. She has collaborated with renowned musicians including Nelson Gonzalez, Michel Camilo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Erin McKeown, and The Cleveland Orchestra.
About May Adrales New York: Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club/South Coast Rep); J.C. Lee's Luce (LCT3); David Henry Hwang's The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre, Wuzhen International Theatre Festival); The Bereaved (Partial Comfort Productions); Tommy Smith's The Wife (Access Theatre). Regional: Katori Hall's Whaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival); In This House (Two River Theatre Company); A. Rey Pamatmat's Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville); after all the terrible things I do, and Katori Hall's The Mountaintop (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Thomas Bradshaw's Mary (Goodman Theatre); Richard Dresser's Trouble Cometh (San Francisco Playhouse). Other credits: Associate Artist at Milwaukee Repertory Theater; former Director of On-Site Programs at the Lark Play Development Center; Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. Awards: Drama League Directing Fellow; Women's Project Lab Director; Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab; New York Theatre Workshop directing fellow; recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant; Denham Fellowship; Paul Green Directing Award. Teaching: Faculty at the Yale School of Drama; directed and taught at New York University; American Repertory Theater, Harvard; Bard College; Juilliard School; American Conservatory Theater; Fordham University.
Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America's premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations. Seattle Repertory Theatre's 2018 - 2019 Season Sponsor is ArtsFund.