Moved Theatregoer Gives $50,000 to Make Tickets Free for Oct. 5 Homebody/ Kabul in Seattle

News   Moved Theatregoer Gives $50,000 to Make Tickets Free for Oct. 5 Homebody/ Kabul in Seattle An anonymous donor who recently saw the staging of Tony Kushner's Homebody/ Kabul at Intiman Theatre generously purchased all the remaining tickets to the Oct. 5 evening performance for distribution to the public.
Ellen McLaughin in the Intiman production of Homebody/Kabul.
Ellen McLaughin in the Intiman production of Homebody/Kabul. Photo by Chris Bennion

The donor, described as "a longtime subscriber to and friend of Intiman," gave the gift to the Seattle theatre to underwrite all available tickets so anyone who requests them will not be charge. "Homebody/Kabul is perhaps the finest production I have seen cross the stage of Intiman," said the donor in a released statement. "It is a play that is well reasoned out and intellectually very stimulating, and the production is superb. I feel very strongly that this is a play that should be seen, and have designated this gift to enable people who might not be able to afford the full cost of a ticket to come and see it."

The free tickets (two per person limit) will be available starting at 4 PM on October 5 at the Intiman Ticket Office, 201 Mercer Street at Seattle Center on a first-come, first- served basis. No exchanges will be allowed.

Ellen McLaughlin, the original Angel in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, stars in Homebody/ Kabul at Seattle's Intiman Theatre, running through Oct. 11. Intiman artistic director Bartlett Sher directs the revised version of the work.

Homebody/Kabul debuted at New York Theatre Workshop in December of 2001, a time when the play's subject of Afghanistan had become a major focal point for the world. Linda Emond (Life x 3) originated the homebody role for the New York run. Kika Markham — the actress who Kushner had in mind when writing the monologue — performed the Homebody section at London's Chelsea Theatre Centre in 1999.

All other tickets to Homebody/Kabul can be purchased by calling (206) 269 1900. For more information, visit www.intiman.org.