Seattle Rep Lines Up Tony-Winning Jitney Revival

Regional News   Seattle Rep Lines Up Tony-Winning Jitney Revival
 
The West Coast theatre taps the Ruben Santiago-Hudson-helmed production, along with Indecent, a new Anna Ziegler play, and more.
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John Douglas Thompson and Michael Potts Joan Marcus

Seattle Rep has unveiled its 2019–2020 season and included in the lineup is the Tony-winning, Ruben Santiago-Hudson-helmed revival of Jitney, seen on Broadway in 2017 in a production from MTC.

In addition to the August Wilson drama, the West Coast theatre's upcoming season also features Paula Vogel's acclaimed play with music Indecent, Lucy Kirkwood's Broadway and West End play The Children, a world premiere from Photograph 51 playwright Anna Ziegler, a brand-new musical, and Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery's musical adaptation of As You Like It.

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Kicking off the season will be the Public Works Seattle production of As You Like It, directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee. As with the Public Theater version seen in Central Park last season, the musical adaptation of the Shakespeare play will feature a company of community and professional actors together. Performances will run September 6–8.

Also in September, Sheila Daniels will direct Vogel's musical tale of love and art, Indecent (September 20–October 26), followed by the world premiere of Ziegler's play The Great Moment, directed by Seattle Rep Artistic Director Braden Abraham. In the new play, a woman's grandfather nears the end of his life while her young son experiences the beginning of his—a meditation on birth and age and the moments of transition that mark our passage from life to death. Performances will run October 11–November 17.

Rounding out the fall slate will be Cheryl L. West's musical portrait of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Shout Sister Shout!, directed by co-creator Randy Johnson. Performances will run November 8–December 22.

Kicking off the new year at Seattle Rep will be Sam Shepard's True West, helmed by artistic director Abraham (January 17–February 15), followed by Kirkwood's intimate environmental drama The Children, directed by Timothy Bond (February 7–March 15). Seattle Rep's production of Jitney will also be seen in February, with performances scheduled to run February 28–March 29. Casting to be announced.

In April, the theatre will present Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Casey Stangl (April 17–May 17), before closing out the season with the world premiere of a new musical titled Lydia and the Troll. Featuring book, music, and lyrics by actor and playwright Justin Huertas, with direction and co-creation by Ameenah Kaplan, the story follows singer-songwriter Lydia, whose encounter with a mysterious stranger offers her the chance to change her life. Inspired by fantasy and folklore, the new musical is grounded in Seattle’s noted landscape and landmarks.

For more information on the new season, visit SeattleRep.org.

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