Winner of the 1990 Tony for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Seattle Rep is now under the guidance of new artistic director, Sharon Ott. Ott has announced her first full season, consisting of five mainstage plays at the Bagley Wright playhouse, four dramas at the Leo K. Theatre, and one touring show.
"I am thrilled to find myself at the helm of one of the most respected theatres in the country," said Ott, who hoped the upcoming season would "reawaken your sense of wonder and awe."
Here is the season line-up:
The Shaughraun. An 1874 meoldrama of madness by Irish dramatist Dion Boucicault, currently represented on Broadway by London Assurance. A co-production with Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, The Shaughraun opens Oct. 8 and runs Oct. 4-Nov. 1. Directed by Larry Carpenter, the tale tells of a dastardly landlord who threatens to evict two innocent lasses.
Le Cirque Invisible ("The Invisible Circus"). Jean Baptiste Thierree and Victoria Chaplin's gentle vaudeville of clowning, acrobatics and animals made from household objects. The show, which will be showcased at this summer's s Lincoln Center Festival in New York, runs Nov. 6-Dec. 6.
Seven Guitars, by August Wilson, directed by Lloyd Richards, shows a singer's dreams defeated by his greed. Opening Dec. 31 and running Dec. 27-Jan. 24, 1998, Guitars is Richards' sixth collaboration with Wilson. He directed the play on Broadway as well. Private Eyes, by Steven Dietz, directed by David Ira Goldstein. This new comedy by the author of Lonely Planet catches the lead actor in a play losing where the show ends and reality begins. The show opens Feb. 4, 1998 and runs Jan. 31-Feb. 28, 1998.
An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, finishes the season March 7-April 12, 1998, opening March 11, 1998. In this comedy, an upright man finds his one moral mistake comes back to haunt him.
Playing at the Leo K. will be:
The Notebooks Of Leonardo Da Vinci, an acclaimed experimental piece adapted and staged by noted Chicago director, Mary Zimmerman, Oct. 22-Nov. 23. The 90-minute piece was culled from over 5,000 pages of words and pictures by the great artist and inventor.
A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen's landmark drama of a wife coming into her own -- by going out the door. Artistic director Ott will stage the piece at the Leo K. Theatre space, Dec. 6-Jan. 17, 1998, opening Dec. 10.
Athol Fugard's Valley Song, about an old black man and his daughter in post-apartheid South Africa, directed by Susan Hilferty (Jan. 21-Feb. 22, 1998.
Alligator Tales, written and performed by Anna Galjour, April 8 May 17, 1998. Two one-acts (including the award-winning Hurricane) comprise Tales, which follows eight Canjun folks during Hurrican Wanda. The show is currently readying for a run at NY's Manhattan Theatre Club in October.
March 9-April 10, 1998 will bring Lauren Weedman's solo, Homecoming, to middle and junior high schools across Washington. Part of the Mobile Outreach Bunch tour, Weedman's play looks back at her own family.
Also, in tribute to outgoing artistic director Dan Sullivan's 17-year tenure at Seattle Rep, the theatre will hold a benefit for its education and outreach programs, May 19. The evening is titled, "Inspecting Dan: The Sullivan Chronicles," which pokes fun at Sullivan's hit comedy Inspecting Carol and his long-standing professional partnership with Wendy Heidi Chronicles Wasserstein. Co-hosting will be playwright Wasserstein (whose An American Daughter began at the abovementioned Workshop) and actress Amy Irving (recently on Broadway in The Three Sisters). Scheduled to appear at the party are John Aylward, Barbara Dirickson, Charlayne Woodard, R. Hamilton Wright, Jon Robin Baitz, Judd Hirsch, Herb Gardner, Michael Learned, Marianne Owen, John Procaccino and other performers. Tickets to the gala are still available at the Friend ($50), Supporter ($75) and reveller ($100) levels.
For tickets and information on Seattle Repertory, call (206) 443-2222.
--By David Lefkowitz