The Group Theatre means one thing to New Yorkers and method actors, quite another to Washingtonians. While the former may have had its heyday in the 1930s, Seattle's Group Theatre is going strong and about to celebrate its 20th anniversary season. Artistic director Jose Carrasquillo has chosen two world premieres for the season and has also announced a new type of subscription series for the Group, modeled after those at NY's Lincoln Center and Circle In The Square.
Here's the season line-up:
My Left Breast. OBIE-winner Susan Miller's solo work about "loss, change and redemption" following her mastectomy also won the Susan Smith Blackburn prize for best play. Nela Wagman directs. (Prev: Oct. 11; Oct. 15-Nov. 2).
Voices Of Christmas. Susan Finque directs the 17th annual presentation of this winter collection of holiday memories, conceived by Ruben Sierra. (Prev: Nov. 26; Nov. 29-Dec. 27).
N.W.W.Y.P. ("Never Whistle While You're Pissing") won the 1996 National Latino Playwriting Award. Artistic director Carrasquillo directs this satirical thriller based on a true story of a Colombian-American man's soon-to-be-wed sister. Carlos Murillo's play won the 1996 National Latino Playwriting Award. (Prev: Jan. 24, 1998; Jan. 28 , 1998).
Keepers Of The Dream. In this multi-media piece, Nikki Nojima Louis adapts Brian Lanker's I Dream A World, telling the stories of African-American women who've changed the world. Jacqueline Moscou directs this world-premiere. (Prev: March 7, 1998; March 11-April 5, 1998) Metamorphosis. In 1989 Mikhail Baryshnikov starred on Broadway in Stephen Berkoff's adaptation of Franz Kafka's darkly satirical novel. Artistic director Carrasquillo will collaborate with choreographer Craig Williams on this production -- set in present-day Seattle -- of the man into-insect story. (Prev: April 18, 1998; April 22-May 17, 1998)
Those interested in seeing the new Group Theatre season can take part in the theatre's "Membership" program. Patrons pay $20 ($10 for students/seniors) for a seasonal membership, entitling them to an unlimited number of discount tickets (generally running $9.99-$12.99) to the shows of their choice. Regular ticket prices generally run between $15-$22. Tickets can be purchased on a show-by-show basis or at the beginning of the season. Also, Members can attend special Open Rehearsals, Meet-n-Greets and enjoy priority seating and discounts at area restaurants.
For information on the Group Theatre season, call (206) 441-441-9480. The actual box office will re-open Sept. 2.
--By David Lefkowitz