Updated 10:15 p.m., May 3
From the Seattle Public Theater:
Seattle Public Theater invites audiences to explore the search for home, self and safety throughout the 2011-2012 season at the historic Bathhouse Theater on Green Lake.
The season opens with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s powerful drama, The Cryptogram directed by SPT’s newest addition, Artistic Associate Kelly Kitchens. A young boy can’t sleep. Tomorrow is the big father-son camping trip, but it’s late and his dad still hasn’t returned home. The other adults seem to know something he doesn’t, but the things they’re saying don’t seem to be what they’re really talking about. Running September 30-October 23, Cryptogram is a taut, tension-filled dive into the coded language at the heart of families.
Audiences will laugh (and cry) their way into the New Year with the Tony Award-winning comedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard, running January 27-February 19, 2012. Zany humor, quicksilver wordplay, gripping tension and a heady swirl of ideas all come together in this story of two nobodies who long to star in their own story. SPT’s revival, directed by Artistic and Education Director Shana Bestock, casts local actresses in traditionally male roles, including the Stranger’s Genius Award winner Marya Sea Kaminski as Guildenstern.
Back, Back, Back is sure to score a home run right in time for Opening Day. This New American Plays Award Winner by Itmar Moses, explores whether greatness always come with a price? Follow the turbulent careers of three very different professional baseball players, one portrayed by SPT favorite Trick Danneker, whose steroid secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. Go inside the locker room to witness the how these teammates do battle for their careers, their honor, and the future of America’s favorite pastime. Running March 23-April 15, Back Back Back is a funny and insightful work from a versatile, intelligent, and daring young playwright.
SPT’s closes the season May 18-June 10 with Chloë Moss’ This Wide Night, a gentle portrayal of two misfits trying to find their way in the world. On her release from prison, Lorraine heads straight to crash with her former cellmate Marie. On the inside they shared everything, but the friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother their new-found fragile freedom. Directed by Seattle favorite and former Intiman Artistic Associate Sheila Daniels, Moss’s award-winning play is comic, colorful and full of pain, tenderness and truth.
An SPT season would not be complete without a traditional holiday treat. Back by popular demand is the fresh, funny and moving Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula running December 2-24 along with the ever-popular (and now 11 years old!) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, running December 9-24. Both shows are add-ons to SPT’s regular season, but surely the perfect holiday stocking stuffer!
Season tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Adult four-show packages start at $80 and three show packages start at $60. They can be purchased by phone at (206) 524-1300 or online at seattlepublictheater.org.
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