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Seattle Theatre Works Presents MEDICINE BALL: PLAYWRIGHTS V. POETS

Playing June 22 - 24 at the Erickson Theatre, the literary boxing match of the century brings playwrights, poets, visual artists, theatre artists, and musicians together for a unique evening of performance.

Seven playwrights and seven poets write to prompts provided by seven different local visual artists. These writings are then produced and staged by directors and actors drawn from Seattle's theater community. At the end of the run, the audience votes on who did it better-- the playwrights or the poets! The winning team of writers each gets a bottle of Two Buck Chuck. The losing team a can of warm Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.

The writers were given their prompts yesterday, so they are feverishly at work this week to get their plays and poems ready for the actors to rehearse starting next week.

The theme this year: Unity. Why? Because it's this year!

To keep up with the process and learn about the artists involved, visit our blog.

Tickets are $20 general, $10 military, senior, or educator. For more information, please go to

Thanks to a generous grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, students will be admitted free of charge with a Student ID. This includes junior hih, high school, and college students.

Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets 2017 Community of Artists

Curators:Alysha Curry (Master Wrangler) Graham Isaac (Poetry), Fox Rain Matthews (Social Media), Tristan McAvoy (Music), Daniel Tarker (Playwriting), and Kate Vrijmoet (Visual Art)

Poets: Daemond Arrindell, Jamaica Baldwin, ELisa Chavez, Paul Mullin, Amber Nelson, Shin Yu Pai, and Steve Potter

Playwrights: José Amador, Kelleen Conway Blanchard, Greg Brisendine, Gretchen Douma, Heidi Heimarck, Jim Jewell, and Dennis Moore

Visual Artists: Kree Arvanitas, Sofia Babaeva, Lisa Myers Bulmash, Curt Clugston, Michelle de la Vega, Malayka Gormally, and Amy Mintonye

Actors: Sarah Bixler, Deniece Bleha, Terry Boyd, Alysha Curry, Solomon Davis, Tom Fraser, Stephanie Graham, Britt Hobson, Fox Rain Matthews, Miiko Valkonen, Christine Shaw White, Lyam White

Musicians: Quentin Ergane, Paul Grende, Tristan McAvoy, Rich Pagillo, Nick Whichman

Directors: Sarah Rodriguez Giese, Ellen Graham, and Daniel Tarker

Designers/Tech Crew: Justin Babbitt, Theodore Michael Dolas, Amy LaZerte, and Jennifer West

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