Seattle's ACT Theatre Sets New 5-Play 2004 Season With Jumpers and Enchanted April

News   Seattle's ACT Theatre Sets New 5-Play 2004 Season With Jumpers and Enchanted April After teetering on the brink of closing its doors forever, Seattle's ACT Theatre has announced a new five-play roster for its 2004 season including Alki, Enchanted April, Jumpers, Fiction and Good Boys.
Essie Davis (left) and Simon Russell Beale in the National Theatre's production of Jumpers
Essie Davis (left) and Simon Russell Beale in the National Theatre's production of Jumpers Photo by Tristram Kenton, NT

The season will kick off with the world premiere of Eric Overmyer's Alki, June 4-July 11, 2004. The new work commissioned by ACT Theatre is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt set in the Pacific Northwest and in South America during the mid-nineteenth century in which the title character endures continuous misadventures.

Matthew Barber's Tony Award-nominated Broadway debut Enchanted April makes its way to the Seattle stage, July 16-Aug. 8, 2004. The romantic comedy, based on the Elizabeth Von Arnim novel, follows the lives of four women who escape themselves in an Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean.

The Tom Stoppard comedy Jumpers — which was recently staged by David Leveaux (Nine) in London — will enjoy a staging at ACT, Aug. 27-Sept. 19, 2004. The existence of a moral absolute, of metaphysical reality, of God come under debate in the work by the author of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

ACT Theatre originally commissioned playwright Steven Dietz to pen Fiction, which will come to fruition, Sept. 24-Oct. 17, 2004. Two happily married writers who enjoy their honest relationship until they decide to share each other's diaries.

Good Boys, a new drama by Jane Martin is set to hit the Emerald City, Oct. 11-Nov. 14, 2004. The work explores the growing duties of modern-day parents facing a world filled with the internet, guns, racism, a weak economy and school violence. To what degree can parents be held responsible? The traditional staging of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as adapted by Gregory Falls, will also be featured in the coming season at ACT.

Subscriptions to the 2004 season at ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street in Seattle, WA, will go on sale Dec. 1. Call the Ticket Office at (206) 292-7676. For more information, visit ACT online at www.acttheatre.org.