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We’re happy to announce many of the very talented artists who will be on stage and behind the scenes for the coming season.
Actors include many Seattle theatre stalwarts, including Nick Garrison, Michael Patten, and Alban Dennis; some up-and-coming local actors like Conner Toms; and nationally renowned performers Linda Gehringer, Lorenzo Pisoni, and Denis Arndt.
“Keeping ‘Seattle’ in ‘Seattle Rep’ has been my mantra for my tenure so far as artistic director,” said Seattle Rep artistic leader Jerry Manning. “This season showcases some of the city’s best, and also brings in a few of our favorites from out of town to play with the amazing talent we have here. I can’t wait to see what these artists are going to create on our stages.”
Behind the scenes, designers and directors are largely Seattle artists. Most notably, actor R. Hamilton Wright will make his Seattle Rep directorial debut with Sylvia, revisiting a play he acted in at Seattle Rep in 1996.
Manning has also announced that costume designer Constanza Romero will become Seattle Rep’s artist-in-residence for this season. In addition to designing for Clybourne Park, she will participate in the season planning process and serve as a community ambassador. Most recently, Romero designed for Seattle Rep’s The Brothers Size and Dancing at Lughnasa. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her design of Fences on Broadway, a play by her late husband, August Wilson, also a long-time Seattle Rep collaborator.z
The season kicks off Sept. 30 with Humor Abuse, starring Lorenzo Pisoni. Pisoni appeared in Seattle Rep’s Tuesdays with Morrie and The Great Gatsby. On Broadway he was in Equus. He also performed with Cirque du Soleil.z
Single tickets go on sale Aug. 23 online at www.seattlerep.org or through the Box Office at 206-443-2222 (Toll-free 1-877-900-9285). Prices start at $15 (or $12 for ages 25 and under). Season tickets are available now.
The full season’s artists are as follows:
Humor Abuse BAGLEY
created by Lorenzo Pisoni and Erica Schmidt, directed by Erica Schmidt
Sept. 30-Oct. 23, 2011
Starring Lorenzo Pisoni
Circle Mirror Transformation LEO K.
by Annie Baker, directed by Andrea Allen
Oct. 21-Nov. 20, 2011
by A.R. Gurney, directed by R. Hamilton Wright
Nov. 11-Dec. 11, 2011
How to Write a New Book for the Bible BAGLEY
by Bill Cain, directed by Kent Nicholson
Jan. 13-Feb. 5, 2012
I Am My Own Wife LEO K.
by Doug Wright, directed by Jerry Manning
Feb. 3-Mar. 4, 2012
by John Logan, directed by Richard E.T. White
Feb. 24-Mar. 18, 2012
Or, LEO K.
by Liz Duffy Adams, directed by Allison Narver
Mar. 23-Apr. 22, 2012
Clybourne Park BAGLEY
by Bruce Norris, directed by Braden Abraham
Apr. 20-May 13, 2012
It’s been about nine months (although sometimes it felt longer!) since Seattle Center broke ground on the Theater Commons, a new entrance, garden, and walkway located between the Rep and the Intiman in the northern part of the Seattle Center campus. Now the Theater Commons is done, and we’re ready to celebrate…join us?
Seattle Center, along with the Rep and Intiman, is hosting an opening celebration next Tuesday, June 15 from 4-6 p.m. at the Theater Commons. Musicians and street performers will be performing all across the new grounds, and light bites and refreshments (strawberry shortcake…) will be served under the Rep’s new entrance canopy, located off of Mercer Street.
A formal ceremony will take place from 4:30-5pm in the new amphitheatre area (the stairs right outside of the Rotunda). The ceremony will include a dedication of the Peter Donnelly gardens by Rep Managing Director Ben Moore. The small gardens located in the Theater Commons will be a lasting tribute to Donnelly, a Seattle arts activist and former Seattle Rep managing director.
Guided tours will be given after the ceremony. Take one of the tours and hear all about the conception and construction of the Theater Commons, as well as learn about the native plants and the art installations used.
The event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!
Our director line-up for next season is complete!
We’re so excited to announce that Juliette Carrillo will direct The Brothers Size by Tarell McCraney. Juliette was last here in 2007 for Eduardo Machado’s The Cook. She has directed all over the U.S., including the West Coast premiere of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize winner Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz at South Coast Repertory, the world premiere of References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot by Jose Rivera, also at South Coast Repertory, and the West Coast premiere of Sam Shepard’s Eyes For Consuela at the Magic in San Francisco.
She has directed for the Alliance Theatre, TheatreWorks, Laguna Playhouse, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and for the Mark Taper Forum’s New Work Festival, as well workshops in NY theatres such as New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, INTAR and The Women’s Project.
And in case you missed it, the first time, here are the rest of the directors, announced earlier… read full post »
Playwright/director Adam Rapp is at Seattle Rep RIGHT NOW working on his new play, Welcome Home, Dean Charbonneau. There are three staged (very staged, according to Artistic Director Jerry Manning who just stopped by the give us the scoop) readings happening tonight (June 4), tomorrow, and Sunday in our black box space, the PONCHO.
This is part of our New Play Program, the same program that also brought you Radiance by the one and only Alan Alda back in March.We’re excited about Dean Charbonneau for lots of reasons. Here are a few.
1. Adam just got a write-up in the New York Times.
2. The cast is ridiculously awesome. And it being an intimate workshop performance means you’re THIS close to them. Actors are Eric Ray Anderson, Christopher Bange, Shawn Belyea, Susan Corzatte, Michael Cullen, Christopher Denham, Mari Nelson, Bradford Farwell, Halley Feiffer, Justin Huertas, Gretchen Krich, Todd Licea, and R. Hamilton Wright.
3. The play is mesmerizing. It’s dark, creepy, funny, and heartbreaking about a Wisconsin family sitting down to watch football and plan a party for their son who’s just come back from Iraq. But when the celebration starts, it’s clear he’s not too excited about being back.Tickets are only $15. Give the Box Office a call at 206-443-2222, there are a few seats left. (Tonight and tomorrow shows are at at 7:30, Sunday at 2 p.m.).