kwonny | Modern Day Saints

May 13, 2024 – August 20, 2024

Modern Day Saints is a collection of works made by kwonny between 2023-2024 and is an introspection of the relationship we carry with the idea of ourselves. Just as we encounter others, we encounter our own selves constantly through our inner narration of the world. Pieces like The Sun Still Watches with its two winged subjects caught between flight and fight offer no clear victor but a struggle in chrysalis. Her mixed media works live increasingly in an abstract figurative world, a reflection of a nomadic upbringing where she grew up in-between identities and communities, simultaneously seeking grounding and belonging and yet still inhabiting the out-of-place.

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2022 Tony Award® Nominated Best Play by
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat, Ruined)

Presented in Partnership with The Hansberry Project

“Feisty comedy is on the menu” (Washington Post) in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s latest Broadway triumph.  Creating the perfect sandwich is the shared quest of the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff of Clyde’s, a truck stop cafe. Even as the shop’s mischievous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staffers are given purpose and permission to dream—finding that “sometimes a hero is more than a sandwich” (New York Times).

“Nottage’s delightful play dares to flip the paradigm. Though it’s still about dark things, including prison, drugs, homelessness and poverty, it somehow turns them into bright comedy.” – The New York Times

“A flavor-bomb of a comedy about survival, second chances, and digesting whatever life serves up.” – Variety

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NY Times Critic's Pick!
ADVANCE. PARRY. REPEAT.  Mary Wallace and Athena are both seventeen-year-old fencers training for Nationals. Mary Wallace lives in a house in New Jersey, loves marine biology and practices at home. Athena lives in an apartment in New York City, takes acne medication and Athena is not her real name. Follow their journey from competitors to confidantes as they form a bond navigating the milestones of adolescence, training together only to learn the future is only certain for one of them. 

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Covenant

February 6 - March 2

NY Times Critic's Pick!
When a struggling guitarist returns to his small Georgia town a blues star, rumors begin swirling that he may have made a deal with the devil to attain his musical genius. Before long, however, it becomes clear he's not the only one with a secret. A mythic and suspenseful new play that delivers one devilish twist after another, York Walker's COVENANT explores the power of belief and the thin line between rumor and truth.  “A striking new work. An electric cast. Covenant is an auspicious New York debut for a playwright who clearly has a gift." - The New York Times  “Blackout-and-blood-curdling-scream deliciousness.” - New York Magazine  “Undeniably spooky. Absolutely enjoyable. You'll be frightened in the best way possible.” - Theatermania   

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Winner, 2016 Obie Award for Best New American Play
Winner, 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play
In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal—an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concepts of friendship, beauty, and duty, and changes them forever.  GUARDS AT THE TAJ is one of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rajiv Joseph’s seminal works. 

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ArtsWest Audience Favorite!
Last year, a new holiday tradition was born as ArtsWest sent four of Seattle’s hottest musical theater stars on a cozy retreat to write the most perfect holiday show the world had ever seen.  But when a blizzard hit, tensions rose and the crumpled-up notebook pages began to pile up even faster than the snow. This year, four more stars scramble to remount last year’s holiday hit.  With hindsight on their side, the process should be foolproof.  What could possibly go wrong?  Inspired by classic holiday TV specials and musicals about putting on a musical, witness this new Seattle theater tradition as four of the city’s most beloved musical theater stars take you on a journey of song, dance, friendship, family, and the true meaning of the holidays. 

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NY Times Critic's Pick!
In this thrilling play by Lucy Prebble (HBO’s Succession), two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction.  “Cosmic and atomically intimate.” The New York Times   “Genuinely engaging and smart.” The Observer  “A brain-tingling meditation on what makes us tick.” Time Out New York 

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