Rachel Corrie to Reach U.S. in Seattle Rep Season; New Gatsby and Musical Mountain Too

News   Rachel Corrie to Reach U.S. in Seattle Rep Season; New Gatsby and Musical Mountain Too The hotly-debated (but as-yet-unproduced) London solo My Name is Rachel Corrie will come stateside as part of Seattle Repertory Theatre's upcoming 2006-2007 season.

The company's forthcoming lineup will also feature John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winner Doubt, Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque, August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, a new stage version of The Great Gatsby and the new musical Fire on the Mountain.

Seattle Rep artistic director David Esbjornson announced the new season March 27 for his company's two venues the Bagley Wright Theatre and the Leo K. Theatre. The complete season (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Doubt by John Patrick Shanley (Sept. 21-Oct. 21)
    The 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play about a Bronx parochial school's nun principal who has suspicions of a priest's relationship with a young student.
  • Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno (Oct. 5-Nov. 5)
    The hit Off-Broadway solo play which explores lost love, childhood foibles, and the anxieties brought on by them.

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  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapted by Simon Levy (Nov. 2-Dec. 10)
    A new stage version of the classic novel set in the Roaring Twenties on Long Island in the world of a wealthy and privileged man. Esbjornson directs the work first at Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater in July 2006.
  • Memory House by Kathleen Tolan (Nov. 16-Dec. 17)
    An unemployed divorcee is on the verge of having an empty nest while her adopted daughter struggles to pen her college application essay in time for the deadline. The work was developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre as part of the Women Playwright's Festival.
  • The Lady from Dubuque by Edward Albee (Jan. 11-Feb. 10, 2007)
    Esbjornson will next direct a revival of the play which focuses on a couple's party where an unexpected guest and her companion arrive just as the evening winds down.
  • Blue Door by Tanya Barfield (Feb. 1-March 4, 2007)
    A math professor encounters four generations of ancestors one sleepless night who besiege him with tales of slavery, Black Power and academia as he grows to see what it means to be black, both then and now.
  • Fire on the Mountain by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman (Feb. 22-March 24, 2007)
    The creators of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues reteam on this story — told with the use of bluegrass rhythms — about Appalachian Mountain coal miners.
  • My Name is Rachel Corrie by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner (March 15-April 22, 2007)
    Penned from the writings of the 23-year-old title Olympia, Washington native, the solo work created by actor-director Rickman and journalist Viner tells the story of the activist who willingly or unwillingly became a martyr in the fueled Israel-Palestine debate when she was killed by a bulldozer in March 2003.
  • Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson (April 5-May 6, 2007)
    The last of the late scribe's plays to be presented at Seattle Rep reaches the stage. The first work in Wilson's cycle set in 1907's Pittsburgh centers on the recurring character Aunt Ester. Subscriptions to the season at Seattle Repertory Theatre, at 155 Mercer Street in Seattle, WA, are on sale by calling (206) 443-2222, toll free at (877) 900-9285 or online at www.seatttlerep.org. Single tickets will go on sale in August.