The season will launch with the Seattle premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, running Sept. 9-Oct. 3 under the direction of Carol Roscoe. "When Jean answers the cell phone of the corpse at the next table, she unwittingly embarks on a quirky odyssey that takes her from grief to the black market to the afterlife."
Christopher Zinovitch is slated to direct the Seattle premiere of David Grimm's Measure for Pleasure, running Oct. 21-Nov. 14. The farce "chases rakes, romantics, and transvestite prostitutes through mistaken identities, duels, and double-dealings galore on their way to learning that, whatever else it may be, love is rarely pure and never simple."
The holiday offering from ArtsWest will be the return of Stuart Ross' Plaid Tidings: The Forever Plaid Christmas Show, from Dec. 2-27. Jeff Church and Jeannette LeGault direct a cast including John Bartley, Aaron Finley, Ryan McCabe and Daniel Stoltenberg.
The Seattle premiere of John Kolvenbach's Love Song, under the direction of Kate Witt, plays Jan. 27-Feb. 21, 2010. Nick DeSantis, Heather Hawkins, and Christopher Zinovitch star. "Oddball Beane is a modern day hermit, avoiding everyone but his career-focused sister and her cynical husband. His life is a shrinking, darkening world, until the night a beautiful thief breaks into his apartment. Suddenly all of the love songs make sense."
Vanessa Miller will stage the world premiere of Sharr White's Sunlight, which runs March 10-April 3, 2010. "It's the middle of the night on a campus in turmoil and at the center of the storm a college president poised for retirement is combating one last scandal. Back at his residence the political battle turns fiercely personal, pitting his family against his legacy." The final offering of the season will be the Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Richard Maltby, Jr. solo musical Tell Me on a Sunday, running April 28-May 23, 2010. Christopher Zinovitch directs Jessica Skerritt as "fierce young designer Emma, an ordinary English girl who journeys to New York City in search of love."
Season tickets are available by phoning (206) 938-0339, or by visiting ArtsWest.
ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery is located at 4711 California Avenue SW in Seattle, WA.