2021-22 Season: WHEN WE WAKE


Curating the Season

This is the first season ever programmed by a cohort of ArtsWest Associate Artists, in collaboration with ArtsWest leadership.  For 2021-2022, these artists included Jessamyn Bateman-Iino, Ana María Campoy, Lamar Legend, Corinne Park-Buffelen, and Porscha Shaw.  Through an eight month process of vigorous exploration, imagining, play-reading, and discussion, this collective has curated one of the freshest, most varied, innovative and exciting seasons ArtsWest has programmed to date. 

Introducing the Season

After a year of pandemics and reckonings, we are beginning to emerge from a long dark night of the soul.  What will await us when we wake?  As we step tentatively back into our lives, we know that healing is necessary.  A return to each other is necessary.  But how will we do it?  How will we know what to create together when we finally return to the gathering place? 


As we sleep, we dream.  In our individual dreams, boundaries disappear, and new, limitless worlds are explored.  Obstacles become monsters to slay and we become the gods and heroes of our stories.  In our collective dream, these stories become our myths and legends.   


WHEN WE WAKE is a season rife with gods, monsters, myths and legends – both the ones that create us and the ones we will create together.  As we emerge from the dream, which myths will we choose to bring with us?  Which will we choose to leave behind?  What new legends can we create together? 

When day comes we step out of the shade, 

aflame and unafraid, 

the new dawn blooms as we free it. 

For there is always light, 

if only we’re brave enough to see it. 

If only we’re brave enough to be it. 

– Amanda Gorman 

Mathew Wright, Artistic Director


A World Premiere Musical 

November 26 – December 26, 2021

Book, Music and Lyrics by Justin Huertas 


When you’re the youngest sibling in a family of secret warriors who for generations have protected Seattle from monsters and demons, living up to your Lola’s expectations is, in a word, daunting. Adarna’s mistakes were cute at first, but when they begin to cost her family more than she ever imagined, she must decide what she would sacrifice to save them. Loosely adapted from the 16th century Filipino epic poem  Ibong Adarna, playwright-composer-lyricist Justin Huertas returns to his  Lizard Boy roots with a sweet and intimate actor-musician musical adventure. 

Justin Huertas, Winner, 2015 Gregory Award – Best New Play (Lizard Boy)

Nominee, 2019 Gregory Award – Best New Musical (The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion.)


A World Premiere  

January 27 – February 20, 2022

by Christian St. Croix 


When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a Black man, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater and a caregiver to his late husband’s straight, white teenage son, Pup. United by their love of classic American monster movies, the two have developed a warm and caring familial chemistry – but their relationship fractures when Remy discovers Pup and his friends have been bullying a gay teen at his school. Monsters of the American Cinema is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.  


Winner, 2019 San Diego International Fringe Festival Award – Artists’ Pick 

Winner, 2019 San Diego International Fringe Festival Award – Cultural Exchange


A Seattle Premiere  

March 17 – April 10, 2022

by Finegan Kruckemeyer 


Triplet sisters are left in the forest by their woodcutter father. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made – one sister will walk one way, one the other, and the third will stay right where she is. Twenty years later, having circumnavigated the globe, and fought Vikings, and crossed oceans, and tamed wilds, and achieved greatness, the three meet again, as women.  What they learn on their separate journeys will change everything, and at the same time nothing, in this moving and irresistibly charming modern-day fairytale. 


Winner, 2010 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 
Finalist, 2020 Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland 
Finalist, 2015 CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work 


A Seattle Premiere  

May 5 – May 22, 2022

by Benjamin Benne 


Working mom Alma has singlehandedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla await Angel at home—but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears that her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together? 


Winner, 2019 National Latinx Playwriting Award 

Winner, 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award 

miku, and the gods

A World Premiere  

June 16 – July 3, 2022

by Julia Izumi 


Miku wants to be a god. Ephraim wants to be an Olympian. Grandma Seiko wants to remember. And minor god Shara just wants people to include him in the conversation, you know? As they journey from the schoolyard to the river to the underworld and back again, Miku and company will learn what it actually takes to become a god. As funny as it is moving, miku, and the gods. is an epic adventure that braids together friendship, death, memory, time, rhythm – and power beyond what one could ever desire. 


Winner, 2019 KCACTF Darrell Ayers Award 

Finalist, 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 

Honorable Mention, 2019 Kilroys List 


A World Premiere Song Cycle 

July 28 – August 14, 2022


Conceived and directed by the inimitable Valerie Curtis-Newton, and featuring the music and lyrics of some of Seattle’s most dynamic Black women recording artists, this brand-new theatrical song cycle celebrates the joys, triumphs, and tribulations of Black women.  As they confront the mystery of the unknown, they construct new legends with the confidence of all that has come before them.  A unique fusion of musical styles and theatrical influences, Here There Be Dragons is a bold journey into uncharted waters and new possibilities. 


Among many other honors, The Hansberry Project has been the winner of the ArtsFund Mary Helen Moore Diversity Award, and Valerie Curtis-Newton has been the winner of an SDC Foundation Sir John Gielgud Fellowship and the 2019 Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award 


Season Packages

All subscribers enjoy:

  • Choice of performance day, and the flexibility to exchange tickets to another performance night
  • Email reminders with traffic and parking updates
  • Flexibility to exchange tickets with 24 hours’ notice
  • One-time processing fee of $10 regardless of the number of subscriptions purchased
  • A thriving theatre – your support as a subscriber makes it possible for ArtsWest to continue to make bold, compelling theatre for patrons like you!

Are patrons required to wear masks?  

Yes, we require all visitors to wear masks. Policies will continue to be updated following local and national health guidelines.

Do I need proof of a vaccination?  

We will ask all visitors to provide proof of vaccination (a photo of your vaccine card) or proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of attending a performance.

This year there are two subscription options: in-person or online.

An in-person subscription secures a seat for you at all six of this seasons’ productions. We will offer performances that are both socially distanced and not for those who are vaccinated only.

We will continue to follow Washington State and industry guidelines. At this time we request that all patrons wear masks while in our building.

Our building will be professionally sanitized between productions in addition to nightly cleanings.

An online subscription grants online access to professionally recorded performances of each show, posted approximately one week after they open. These performances are pre-recorded, so you can watch them on your own time within a four-week window.

Did you purchase a 20-21 Early Bird Subscription? Your subscription has been rolled over into a 21-22 In-Person Subscription. Please let us know if you want to change it to an Online Subscription by emailing our Box Office at boxoffice@artswest.org. Please allow us a few days to get back to you as we ramp up our hours.

Our traditional subscriptions provide a ticket for each of our 6 productions across the season.

Adult - $212 

Senior (65+) - $186

Student - any age with current ID - $99

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With a Flex 6 Pass, you get:

  • 6 vouchers to use throughout the Season – match your interests & your schedule
  • Ultimate flexibility to choose when you see your favorite plays

Subscribers enjoy:

  • Email reminders with traffic and parking updates
  • Flexibility to exchange tickets with 24 hours’ notice
  • Seat Repeat –come back and see your favorite show for half off the regular ticket price
  • One-time processing fee of $10 regardless of the number of subscriptions purchased
  • A thriving theatre – your support as a subscriber makes it possible for ArtsWest to continue to make bold, compelling theatre for patrons like you!

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How will you approach confirming vaccination?  

ArtsWest is a wonderful space that allows for our audience to be close at hand to the action on our stage.  It is important to us that we keep the safety of both our patrons and casts in mind as we navigate thru this next stage of re-opening.  To confirm vaccination, for our staff, cast, and patrons attending non-socially distanced performances, we will ask for proof of vaccination (a photo of your vaccine card) or require a vaccine self-attestation be completed when you arrive at our theater.  

I have chosen a First Thursday subscription, but the first Thursday is Thanksgiving.  How will that be handled?

Yes!  Our re-opening performance is Friday, November 26, 2021 as Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 25, 2021.  If you’re a First Thursday our Box Office Manager will reach out to you to schedule you into a different performance for that production.  Happy Turkey Day!

What if I chose an online subscription but further into 2022 I want to change and be in-person.  Can that happen?  

Yes, we all understand that our comfort level in being with an audience may change as the next year unfolds.  If you choose an online performance and then want to switch to in-person mid-season, our Box Office Manager will help transition you to the best available seating available at that time.  

ArtsWest's HVAC system is maintained by ACCO Engineered Systems.  Our HVAC filters have a MERV 13 rating.  Our building's air exchange occurs every 1-2 hours.

Our facility is cleaned and sanitized nightly, including all theater seats.  In addition, we contract with Emerald City Cleaning for Electrostatic Spray disinfecting. Click here to learn more  about Electrostatic cleaning technology.