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Seattle Rep Announces Select Casting For Its 2021/22 Season of Live Theater

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The season features THE WINTER’S TALE, FANNIE: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER, FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, BRUCE and more.

Seattle Rep Announces Select Casting For Its 2021/22 Season of Live Theater

Seattle Rep today announced select cast members in its 2021/22 season of live theater productions, including Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; A League of Their Own; Nomadland), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface), and Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Lion King) in an exciting new translation of Ibsen's classic play, Ghosts, previously part of Seattle Rep's Plays in Process series. The upcoming season will also feature performances from multiple award-winning Chicago-based performer E. Faye Butler (Seattle Rep: Pullman Porter Blues) in Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, the new play with music from local playwright Cheryl L. West; Gregory Award-winner Alexandria J. Henderson (Village Theatre: Dreamgirls) and Eric Ankrim (Seattle Rep: As You Like It) will both appear in the world premiere musical, Bruce; and Rheanna Atendido (Seattle Rep:The Odyssey) will be in the brilliant retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III, Teenage Dick.

Season tickets are on sale now, with single tickets becoming available intermittently throughout the season. By popular demand, Seattle Rep is also excited to announce a new offering: Seattle Rep at Home, the official production streaming platform for all things Seattle Rep. Seattle Rep at Home offers a 5-show streaming package for $190 which includes: Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, Teenage Dick, Ghosts, Selling Kabul, and Bruce. Individual streaming productions will be available for purchase the same day each production's single tickets go on sale in 2022. Freestyle Love Supreme is not currently available for streaming and free streaming or in-person tickets for The Winter's Tale are available separately. For all tickets and to learn more visit SeattleRep.org or contact Seattle Rep's Patron Services Office at 206.443.2222.

THE COMPLETE 2021/22 SEASON

THE WINTER'S TALE

By William Shakespeare

Music & Lyrics by Todd Almond

Adaptation by Leara??deBessonet and Todd Almond

Adapted for the Screen & Directed by Desdemona Chiang

Choreographed by Trina Mills

A Hybrid Film and Live Theatrical Experience - December 16-19, 2021

Seattle Rep's Public Works family of community and professional actorsa??join togethera??for a dazzlinga??journey of reunion and redemption in aa??musicala??adaptation of Shakespeare'sa??The Winter'sa??Tale.a??The Sicilian King Leontesa??suspects his wife of infidelity and seeksa??revenge by imprisoning her and banishing their newborn child to distant shores. Sixteen years later, in the wild woods of Bohemia, the consequences of his actions begin to unfold.

FANNIE: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER

By Cheryl L. West

Directed by Henry Godinez

A Seattle Rep Co-commission with Goodman Theatre

Bagley Wright Theater - January 14 - February 13, 2022

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer tells the impassioned story of American civil rights activist and hero, Fannie Lou Hamer. From her humble origins as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper, to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and demanding recognition at the National Democratic Convention, hers is a story of justice that will not be denied.a??Part theater, part revival, and all power - this play with music will have your head nodding and hands clapping from start to finish.

FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME

Conceived by Anthony Veneziale

Created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthonya??Veneziale

Directed by Thomas Kail

Bagley Wright Theater - February 16 - March 13, 2022

Beforea??Hamilton, beforea??In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. Now - direct froma??Broadway - the original hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale arrives in Seattle.

The recipient of a special 2020 Tony Award® and subject of the recently released Hulu documentarya??We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, every performance of this Grammy-nominated show brings the unexpected, as the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational comedy ride. The performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. See it for the first time each time - as no two shows are ever the same.

TEENAGE DICK

By Mike Lew

Directed by Malika Oyetimein

Leo K. Theater - March 4 - April 3, 2022

In thisa??satiricala??retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III, one of the most famous disableda??characters ina??literarya??history is reimagined as a 16-year-old outsidera??with all the teenage angst ofa??high school.a??Bullied for his cerebrala??palsy,a??Richarda??plots his revengea??as well asa??aa??glorious and ambitious plan to win senior class president. As he falls deeper intoa??political turmoil, Richard is faced with an unexpecteda??choice.a??Is it better to be loved or feared?a??Find out in this witty and lively production.

GHOSTS

a??By Henrik Ibsen

Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh

Directed by Carey Perloff

Originally produced by the Williamstown Theater Festival, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director

Bagley Wright Theater - April 1 - May 1, 2022

In this arresting new translation,a??Henrik Ibsen's controversial drama resonates with startling contemporary power.a??Mrs.a??Alvinga??welcomes home her beloved son Oswald after many years away. Rebuilding her life after the death of her unfaithful husband, she struggles to keep his debauchery hidden to protect his reputation for the sake of her son. But when Oswald begins a new romance, secrets of all kinds emerge, and Mrs. Alving must decide what course to take to truly be free.

SELLING KABUL

a??By Sylvia Khoury

Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton

Leo K. Theater - April 22 - May 22, 2022

Taroona??once served as an interpreter for the U.S. military ina??Afghanistan.a??Aftera??the Americansa??have withdrawn,a??their promises ofa??protection and safetya??area??no longer there.a??Hea??nowa??spends his days in hidinga??froma??growing presence of thea??Taliban as he anxiously awaits news froma??the hospitala??on the eve of his first child'sa??birth.a??What are the consequences of taking sides during wartime?

BRUCE World Premiere!

Music by Richard Oberacker

Book & Lyrics by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor

Based on the book The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb

Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore

Bagley Wright Theater - May 27 - June 26, 2022

In 1974, a virtually unknown 26-year-old director set out to film a best-selling novel. Invading a sleepy fishing island off Cape Cod to shoot on the open ocean, he battled weather, water, hostile locals, an exploding budget, endless delays, and a highly dysfunctional mechanical star named Bruce. Based ona??The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb, this world-premiere musical takes you behind the scenes of the world's first summer blockbuster.


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