Macha Theatre Works Announces Name Change and 2017-18 Season

Macha Theatre Works Announces Name Change and 2017-18 Season

Macha Monkey Productions is excited to announce its name change to Macha Theatre Works, as well as the unveiling of its exciting 2017-2018 season of new works.

Under the new leadership of Artistic Director Amy Poisson and Managing Director Kyna Shilling, Macha is debuting an exciting and fresh brand for the company that includes a new name, logo, and website, all of which will help to promote the company's exciting new 2017-2018 season.

"Changing the name of the company was a big decision, but one we felt strongly and passionately about," comments Artistic Director Amy Poisson. "Our original Macha Monkey name and logo were born out of a personal story of friendship and loss for the founders of our company. After 16 years, however, we felt that it was time to evolve to a name that offered more potential for growth, and which was also more focused on our mission of promoting women, women's stories and female artists of all kinds."

Macha Theatre Works: The 2017-2018 Season:

Starting off the season for Macha Theatre Works is the new play HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY..., a world premiere by local playwriting duo Lisa Every and Jenn Ruzumna. A dark comedy about friendship, betrayal, and what you risk to follow your bliss, HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY... will run October 13-28, 2017 at the Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill.

Macha's next production, from playwright Joy McCullough-Carranza (of BLOOD/WATER/PAINT), is the captivating world premiere drama SMOKE AND DUST, about real-life 17th century Venetian composer (and rumored courtesan) Barbara Strozzi and a troupe of modern actors who explore her music and personal life, even as characters in both timelines struggle against the limits society places on a woman's ambition.

In addition, Macha Theatre Works' 2017-2018 new play reading series, The Distillery, will take place throughout the 2017-2018 season, and will feature innovative new plays by local playwrights Maggie Lee, Nicole Aloni, Lisa Halpbern, Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth, and more.

About Macha Theatre Works:

Envisioning a world where fearless female voices thrive, Macha Theatre Works is a small, dynamic theatre company based in Seattle. Macha produces exceptional new works that feature strong female characters and is a nonprofit arts organization that strives to bring complex, provocative, empowering, innovative, eclectic, and diverse women's stories to the stage through professional productions, a new play reading series, and educational offerings. The company was originally founded in 2001 as Macha Monkey Productions by Kristina Sutherland Rowell and Desiree Prewitt, and in 2017 is beginning a period of transition and growth under the leadership of new Artistic Director Amy Poisson (director, Tumbleweed Zephyr, Hand of Talons, Blood/Water/Paint) and new Managing Director Kyna Shilling (Melissa Hines Award for Outstanding Theatre Practitioner, 2016 Gregory Awards). The name Macha Theatre Works honors the company's 16-year history but evolves to more fully embrace the vision of fearless female theatre, with Celtic Warrior Goddess Macha featured as the company figurehead and as a part of the company's new logo.

Macha most recently produced the world premiere of ...AND STARRING CLAIRE FROM HOLLYWOOD, by local playwright Jim Moran, which took place at 18th and Union (May - June 2017), and Yussef El Guindi's play COLLABORATOR at West of Lenin (2016).

For more information on Macha Theatre Works, please visit www.machatheatreworks.com, call (608) 909-1252, or e-mail artistic@machatheatreworks.com.

For further information on tickets for any of Macha Theatre Works' productions, please visit https://www.machatheatreworks.com/tickets/, call (608) 909.1252 or e-mail tickets@machatheatreworks.com.

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