Seattle's ACT Sets 2008 Season with Dietz & Bradford Debuts, Ruhl's Eurydice and More

News   Seattle's ACT Sets 2008 Season with Dietz & Bradford Debuts, Ruhl's Eurydice and More
Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, the world premieres of Steven Dietz's Becky's New Car and Michael Bradford's Fathers and Sons as well as new takes on works by Noel Coward and Alan Ayckbourn will be part of the new season for Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre.

The Washington company's 44th season will kick off March 14, 2008, and will feature works on both stages: the arena-style Allen Theatre and the thrust Falls Theatre.

"Our 2008 season explores the incredibly rich and varied cultural influences inspiring contemporary theatre artists," said ACT artistic director Kurt Beattie in a statement. "We're honored to open with a special engagement by the Ilkhom Theatre Company of Uzbekistan, a first for Seattle, presenting two socially and politically relevant plays."

The ACT 2008 mainstage season (subject to change) follows:

  • The Ilkhom Theatre Festival (March 14-April 13, 2008)
    • White White Black Stork by Elkin Tuichiev, Mark Weil
    • Ecstasy with the Pomegranate by M. Weil, D. Tikhomirov

    The company from Tashkent, Uzbekistan brings works from its late artistic director, Mark Weil, to open Seattle ACT's season with a "mini-festival of plays that delves into the culture of the Silk Road and its historical connection to Russia and the West," according to a press announcement.

  • Fathers and Sons by Michael Bradford (April 25-May 25, 2008)
    Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
    "What is it to be a 'father,' a 'son,' a 'husband,' a 'man'?" asks this world-premiere work about three generations of men [who] "confront a history of absence, mistakes, mistrust, and broken promises as they... come together in the midst of a family crisis." The work is developed as part of the Hansberry Project — "a professional Black theatre company dedicated to the artistic exploration of African American life, history, and culture."


  • A Marvelous Party: The Noel Coward Celebration (June 13-July 13, 2008)
    Words and music by Noel Coward
    Devised by David Ira Goldstein, Carl Danielsen, Mark Anders and Patricia Wilcox
    Goldstein directs this tribute to the writer's career billed as a "two-hour romp of music, dance, and devilry [that] brings to the stage the most delicious songs and sayings of Coward's oeuvre."
  • Intimate Exchanges by Alan Ayckbourn (Aug. 15-Sept. 14, 2008)
    Directed by Kurt Beattie
    Two actors take on six characters in this work centering on a woman "trapped in a crushing marriage to the alcoholic headmaster of a suburban English prep school [who] makes the momentous decision to assert her independence by catering the school sports day in partnership with a very peculiar gardener."
  • Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl (Sept. 5-Oct. 5, 2008)
    Directed by Allison Narver
    Ruhl's The Clean House was seen last season at ACT. Now comes "a lyrical meditation on love and loss that puts a contemporary spin on the classic Orpheus myth... shifting the focus to the bride Eurydice, carried off to the Underworld on the very day of her wedding."
  • Becky's New Car by Steven Dietz (Oct. 17-Nov. 16, 2008)
    Directed by Kurt Beattie
    "Fortyish Becky Foster has a decent job at an auto dealership, a solid husband named Joe, and a freeloading psych-major son living in her basement. Her life is…okay, if not sublime," reads show notes for the world premiere from the Seattle playwright. "But when she crosses paths with billionaire widower Walter Flood, she's offered the chance to test drive a very different kind of existence – if she can just keep him in the dark about the one she already has!" ACT will also present its 33rd annual production of Gregory A. Falls' adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Nov. 28-Dec. 28, 2008).

    Subscriptions to the season at ACT, 700 Union Street in downtown Seattle, are available at the Ticket Office, by phone at (206) 292-7676 or online at

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