Seattle ACT Season Opens with Absurd Person Singular, July 11-Aug. 3

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Seattle's ACT Theatre — which was recently in danger of closing — kicks off their new season with Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, July 11-Aug. 3. The opening night is scheduled for July 17.

Liz McCarthy is featured in the cast of the comedy. The cast also includes Seattle favorites Julie Briskman, Marianne Owen, Larry Paulsen, Michael Winters and R. Hamilton Wright.

The comedy delves into the lives of three couples struggling to survive their suburban lives. Jeff Steitzer directs the work in the Falls Theatre space.

The design team includes Don Yanik (set), Rose Pederson (costumes), Rick Paulsen (lighting) and Dominic Cody Kramers (sound).

The 38-year-old downtown Seattle theater complex — which houses four working performance spaces — had announced Feb. 14 that the non-profit company had merely $3,000 remaining assets and estimated a $1.7 million debt outstanding, according to Katherine Janeway and Sheena Aebig, co-chairs of ACT's board. The board of directors — after fronting $40,000 personally to help alleviate the venue's financial woes for a month — raised the $1.5 million needed to keep their theatre open.

Under ACT’s new artistic director, Kurt Beattie, the season will continue with the west coast premiere of Albee's Tony Award-winning play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? will play July 25-Aug. 17 under the direction of Warner Shook. O’Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten will take the stage Sept. 5-28. Artistic director Beattie will direct. The 2003 Humana Festival hit Omnium-Gatherum by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros will play Oct. 10-Nov. 2. Jon Jory directs. Gien's The Syringa Tree — began ACT’s Bullitt stage in 1999 — will follow Oct. 31-Nov. 23. Larry Moss will direct. The complete 2003 season (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Absurd Person Singular (July 11-Aug. 3)
  • The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (July 25-Aug. 17)
  • A Moon for the Misbegotten (Sept. 5-28)
  • Omnium-Gatherum (Oct. 10-Nov. 2)
  • The Syringa Tree (Oct. 31-Nov. 23) Tickets to Absurd Person Singular, at ACT Theatre, on the corner of 7th Avenue and Union Street in Seattle, WA can be purchased by calling (206) 292-7676 or online at

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