The world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Smash, an adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw novel The Unsocial Socialist, will play at Seattle's Intiman Theatre through Sept. 7.
The 1910 story reveals the very 'Shavian' millionaire socialist, who abandons his wedding in order to fulfill his duty to the world; starting a socialist revolution. However, when he chooses to begin the revolt at a women's college, he is taught amusing lessons in both love and war.
Smash was a hit at Intiman's annual 1995 New Voices Playreading Festival. Playwright Hatcher, who has adapted many works for the stage, said "the book [was] begging to be a play." Hatcher has recently been comissioned to write plays for South Coast Rep and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and his Three Viewings was part of the 1994 season at Manhattan Theatre Club. His book, The Art and Craft of Playwrighting , is published by Story Press.
Smash is being directed by Intiman Associate Artistic Director Victor Pappas. It features 11 actors including Susan Browning, who was Tony nominated for the original Broadway productions of Company and Goodtime Charley.
Smash runs through Sept. 7. Tickets cost $18-31 and are available by calling (206) 269-1990.-- By Blair Glaser