Seattle's Intiman Has Lucas World Premiere and Launches New "American Cycle" in 2004

News   Seattle's Intiman Has Lucas World Premiere and Launches New "American Cycle" in 2004 Seattle's Intiman Theatre — which presented the world premiere Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical The Light in the Piazza this season— has announced its 2004 season, which includes Our Town starring Tom Skerritt, launching the five-year "The American Cycle," presenting the great American classics.
Tom Skerrit
Tom Skerrit

Regina Taylor's Crowns, P.G. Wodehouse's translation of Ferenc Molnár's classic The Play’s the Thing, Josh Kornbluth's Love and Taxes and the world premiere of Craig Lucas' new play The Singing Forest will also be featured in the 2004 season at the Washington stage.

"The American Cycle" launches in 2004 with the Thorton Wilder classic Our Town under the direction of Intiman artistic director Bartlett Sher and will continue to bring "large-scale productions of resonant works that will explore the American character," according to a release. The five-year initiative will also include John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," Richard Wright's "Native Son," Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men," and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Intiman Theatre’s 2004 season will kick off with Crowns, April 30-May 28, 2004. The new play by Taylor (Drowning Crow) based on the Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry book of photographs and interviews "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats" will be directed by Jacqueline Moscou and open May 5, 2004.

Molnár's play-within-a-play comedy The Play’s the Thing as directed by "A Mighty Wind" and "Best in Show" actor John Michael Higgins will continue the season, June 11-July 11, 2004 with an opening set for June 16, 2004.

Sher directs The Singing Forest by Lucas (Reckless, Prelude to a Kiss) which makes its world premiere, July 23-Aug. 21. The epic play, which interweaves the tales of three generations of one family, from New York in 2000 to Vienna in the 1930s, opens July 28, 2004. Kornbluth's solo work Love & Taxes will play Aug. 27-Oct. 2, 2004. Directed by David Dower, the full-length monologue explores the personal stories of the artist including his $27,000 debt to the IRS. The work, opening Sept. 8, 2004 in Seattle, has played in San Francisco’s Z Space Studio and Magic Theatre and will head to New York's Bank Street Theatre in Dec. 2003.

Tom Skerritt, known for his turns in such films as "M*A*S*H," "Alien," "Steel Magnolias," "Top Gun" and the television series "Picket Fences," will close out the 2004 season as the Stage Manager in Our Town, Oct. 8-Nov. 20, 2004. Sher directs the Wilder work which recreates the life of small-town folk in Grover's Corners. The season-ending production will open Oct. 13, 2004.

The complete 2004 season (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Crowns - April 30-May 28, 2004
  • The Play's The Thing - June 11-July 11, 2004
  • The Singing Forest - July 23-Aug. 21, 2004
  • Love and Taxes - Aug. 27-Oct. 2, 2004
  • Our Town - Oct. 8-Nov. 20, 2004 Current subscribers are currently able to renew for the 2004 season. New subscriptions go on sale Jan. 5, 2004 and single tickets will be available in March 2004. For subscription or single ticket information, calling Intiman Ticket Office at (206) 269-1900. For more information on the Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, visit www.intiman.org.

  • John Michael Higgins
    John Michael Higgins