Intiman Season Offers a Return to Piazza, Plus Premiere of Craig Lucas' Iraq War Drama, Prayer

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The Light in the Piazza returns to Seattle (where it debuted) as part of the Intiman Theatre's 35th anniversary season, which will also include To Kill a Mockinbird, Uncle Vanya and the world premiere of Craig Lucas' Prayer For My Enemy.
The Intiman Theatre's fountain at night
The Intiman Theatre's fountain at night

"After an amazing year that saw Intiman honored with the Tony Award, [managing director] Laura Penn and I want to keep pushing the boundaries," said artistic director Bartlett Sher in the announcement. "All of the artists in this 35th anniversary season are connected to the kind of ambition that has been part of Intiman's history. From a new play by one of the most extraordinary writers of our age, [Intiman associate artistic director] Craig Lucas, to classics by Harper Lee and Chekhov, the productions in this season reflect Intiman’s commitment to important work and the telling of great stories. And what a thrill it is to be bringing back The Light in the Piazza almost four years after its premiere here."

In addition to the announced five-play season, the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award-winning Intiman will offer the 10th anniversary of its holiday production Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play by Langston Hughes. Dates and one play are yet to be announced.

The Intiman 2007 lineup (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Prayer For My Enemy by Craig Lucas
    Set during the Iraq war, this world premiere follows "the connection between two childhood friends who are unexpectedly reunited on the eve of one's first tour of duty in Baghdad."

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Continuing the Intiman's five-year American Cycle series, Christopher Sergel dramatizes the Harper Lee Pulitzer Prize winner set in a small town in 1930s' Alabama. According to materials, "The story is told through the eyes of Scout, a six year-old girl whose father, the lawyer Atticus Finch, teaches her about courage and human dignity when he defends a black man accused of raping a poor white girl."
  • Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov
    The classic drama which centers on a retired professor who, with his beautiful young new wife, revisits his country home where his ex-wife's brother still lives.
  • The Light in the Piazza Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, the national tour of Tony Award-winning musical with Craig Lucas' book and Adam Guettel's score hits Seattle (where it premiered in 2003). The touring production — which will run April 17-29, 2007 at The Paramount Theatre in a co-presentation by Broadway Across America–Seattle, the Intiman Theatre and Seattle Theatre Group — will feature "new songs and orchestrations, a revised book and a new physical production" (new, that is, since its earlier premiere at Intiman). The Intiman America Cycle series launched in 2004 with the production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town featuring Tom Skeritt in a multicultural cast. The 2005 entry to the project was The Grapes of Wrath, Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel. The series continues (Oct. 14-Nov. 18) with Cheryl L. West's take on Richard Wright's Native Son.

    Subscriptions to the new season at the Intiman, 201 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, can be purchased at (206) 269-1900. For more information, visit www.intiman.org.

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