Venus in Fur, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Once to Play Seattle Repertory Theatre

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03 May 2013

Seattle Repertory Theatre's 2013-14 season was announced by artistic director Jerry Manning. The new season features three world premieres by Northwest writers, two touring Broadway productions and an American classic. The season runs September 2013-June 2014.

"This line-up is what I consider a perfectly balanced season," Manning said in a statement. "We will produce works by artists deeply rooted in this community—David Pichette, Bob Wright, Elizabeth Heffron—further establishing the Rep's leadership role as a producer of new work by Seattle artists. We'll also present the very best of what's happening in theatre nationally and internationally, like David Ives' Venus in Fur and Peter Brook's The Suit."

The season at a glance follows:

The Servant of Two Masters
By Carlo Goldoni, adapted by Constance Congdon, from a translation by Christina Sibul
Directed by Christopher Bayes
Sept. 27–Oct. 20
Bagley Wright Theatre


"Director Christopher Bayes (The 39 Steps, The Doctor in Spite of Himself) brings his inventive take on a classic comedy to Seattle. When the trickster Truffaldino signs on to serve two masters in the hope of double wages and double dinners, chaos and hilarity ensues. This witty new adaptation is brought to life by an ensemble production full of music, magic, and every trick in the theatrical rucksack—from Goldoni to Groucho Marx."

Bo-Nita
By Elizabeth Heffron
Directed by Paul Budraitis
Oct. 18–Nov. 17
Leo K. Theatre


"Life's not easy for Bo-Nita. It never is for a 13-year-old, but especially one who winds up with a dead, semi-ex-stepfather on her bedroom floor. With humor, pathos, and a dash of Midwest magic realism, Bo-Nita follows the resourceful exploits of a working class mother-daughter duo determined to stay together—and out of jail."



The Hound of the Baskervilles
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright
Directed by Allison Narver
Nov. 15–Dec. 15
Bagley Wright Theatre

"Expect suspense and laughs alike in this popular Sherlock Holmes tale adapted by veteran Seattle theatre artists David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright. Commissioned by Seattle Rep as part of its New Play Program, Pichette and Wright bring their witty sensibility to this classic Victorian whodunit about an attempted murder tied to the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound."

A Great Wilderness
By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Braden Abraham
Jan. 17, 2014–Feb. 16
Leo K. Theatre


"At the edge of forced retirement, and at the cusp of dementia, a man who's devoted his life to counseling teenage boys out of their homosexuality has decided to take on one last client. But when tragedy strikes, and his life and mind begin to unravel, he is forced to confront some demons of his own. Commissioned by Seattle Rep and performed in workshop at our 2013 New Play Festival, A Great Wilderness introduces playwright Samuel D. Hunter's distinctive voice to Seattle audiences."

Venus in Fur
By David Ives
Presented in association with Arizona Theatre Company
Feb. 7–March 9

Bagley Wright Theatre

"Broadway's sultry export hits Seattle Rep's stage. Playwright Thomas Novachek is at a loss. There are simply no actresses talented enough to play his leading lady. Then in walks Vanda, a mysterious siren with the uncanny ability to inhabit his character. All bets are off when the audition quickly escalates into a seductive power play."

The Suit
Based on The Suit by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse, and Barney Simon
Direction, adaptation, and music by Peter Brook, Marie-Hélène Estienne and Franck Krawczyk
Presented with Seattle Theatre Group
March 19–April 6
Bagley Wright Theatre

"Legendary director Peter Brook (The Tragedy of Hamlet, 2001) brings to the stage a parable about forgiveness set in apartheid South Africa. Combining a rich musical score with a remarkably simple staging, The Suit follows a cuckolded husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his wife: he asks that she treat her lover's abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home."

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
By Edward Albee
Directed by Braden Abraham
April 18–May 18
Bagley Wright Theatre

"Director Braden Abraham returns to the Bagley with this modern American classic. Set amidst campus politics, Albee's hilarious and provocative masterpiece examines why we are sometimes cruelest to those we love most. George and Martha (theatre's most dysfunctional couple) invite young Nick and Honey over for a nightcap. The evening devolves into an exercise of wits, a war of words in which the past is fair game."

Once
By Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Presented in association with Seattle Theatre Group and Broadway Across America
Paramount Theatre
May 27–June 8


"Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful woman takes an interest in his songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance."