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JOHN

Mar 14 – Apr 07 2019

By Annie Baker

Time Magazine – 10 Best Shows of 2015

Nominated for 6 Drama Desk Awards

Nominated for 5 Lucille Lortel Awards

At a weekend bed & breakfast, the shadow of infidelity hangs over a young couple struggling to rebuild their relationship – when the elderly owner shares her own memories, ghosts real and imagined arrive to haunt the living. Blending keen realism with the eerily supernatural, this quiet tale from a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is unafraid to seek beauty in one of the most startling places: the solitude of human experience.


“Annie Baker’s John is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light.” – The New Yorker

“Baker does not merely tell a scary story. She shows them, piling up like ghosts of amputated limbs from the war wounded, and makes them riveting, unpredictable, altogether human theater.” – Newsday


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JOHN

March 14 – April 7, 2019

By Annie Baker

Time Magazine – 10 Best Shows of 2015

Nominated for 6 Drama Desk Awards

Nominated for 5 Lucille Lortel Awards

At a weekend bed & breakfast, the shadow of infidelity hangs over a young couple struggling to rebuild their relationship – when the elderly owner shares her own memories, ghosts real and imagined arrive to haunt the living. Blending keen realism with the eerily supernatural, this quiet tale from a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is unafraid to seek beauty in one of the most startling places: the solitude of human experience.


“Annie Baker’s John is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light.” – The New Yorker

“Baker does not merely tell a scary story. She shows them, piling up like ghosts of amputated limbs from the war wounded, and makes them riveting, unpredictable, altogether human theater.” – Newsday

Cast

Marianne Owen* – Mertis

Marianne was last seen in Christmas Carolat ACT Theatre and Gin Game at Village. Over her 30+ years in Seattle, she has performed in dozens of plays at ACT, Seattle Rep., 5thAve. Theatre, Seattle Childrens’ Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare, Book-It, Empty Space, and Intiman. A founding member of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, she also worked at the N.Y. Public Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co., La Jolla Playhouse, the Rep. Theatre of St. Louis, Playwrights’ Horizons, Guthrie Theatre, Goodman Theatre, George St. Playhouse and toured nationally in The Real Thing(directed by Mike Nichols). She has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is also a weaver and fiber artist and will be seen in the movie “Language Arts” later this summer.

Suzy Hunt* – Genevieve

Suzy is delighted to return to the stage at ArtsWest. She was last seen here in Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons. She is a proud EQUITY member for 39 years and believes that the arts are fundamental to a life well spent. Suzy dedicates her performance to the patrons of ArtsWest. She has performed on and off Broadway, in regional theatres across the country and in many of our terrific Seattle theatres. Plum roles are The Countess in ACT’s production of The Women (with Marianne Owen), Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Carrie In Trip to Bountiful, Stella in Light Up the Sky. 

Mi Kang – Jenny

Mi is thrilled to be making her ArtsWest debut with John. Other local credits include Jane Eyre, A Tale for Time Being (Book-It Repertory Theatre) The Great Inconvenience, Deers (Annex Theatre), The Journal of Ben Uchida (Seattle Children’s Theatre), The Earth Shakes (Heron Ensemble), and Nadeshiko (Sound Theatre Company). She has also performed with The 14/48 Projects, SiS Productions, Pork Filled Productions, Theater Schmeater, and Blank Stage Theater. Mi is originally from Texas and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin.

Sean Lally – Elias

Sean Lally is thrilled to be making his debut at ArtsWest, having just moved to Seattle from London, where he performed in a number of comedy clubs and consulted as a puppeteer for a Channel4 series pilot. Prior to his time abroad, he enjoyed working as a professional actor in Philadelphia, where he collaborated with various theatre companies, including The Bearded Ladies, Opera Philadelphia, Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theater Company, EgoPo and Flashpoint Theater Company, to name a few. His favorite roles include: Romeo inRomeo and Juliet (Lantern), Biff in Death of a Salesman (EgoPo), Title Role in Gint (EgoPo), King James I in Equivocation (Arden) and John the Devil in Event End. Sean created and performed the latter role with Found Theatre Company, an experimental performance collective that he co-founded in 2009 and that continues to this day. He would like to thank Erin, Matt and the entire team at ArtsWest for giving him the opportunity to perform such a complex role in an equally complex play.

* = Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Creative Team

Erin Murray – Director

Jennifer Burkley – Properties Master

Dominic Codykramers – Sound Designer

Ryan Dunn – Lighting Designer

Ricky German – Costume Designer

David Hsieh – Stage Manager

Burton Yuen – Scenic Designer

Production photos of John at ArtsWest / 2019 / Starring Suzy Hunt, Mi Kang, Sean Lally and Marianne Owen. Photos by John McLellan.