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HIR

Feb 28 – Mar 25 2018

Evan Barrett (Isaac), Charles Leggett (Arnold), and Gretchen Krich (Paige). Photo by John McLellan.

February 28 – March 25

By Taylor Mac

Co-produced with Intiman Theatre

Directed by Jennifer Zeyl

Somewhere in the suburbs, Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his disabled father, only to enter a different warzone: a household in revolt. His mother, liberated from an abusive marriage – with Isaac’s newly out transgender sibling as her ally – is on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy HIR, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.

“…sensational—in all senses of the word…[an] audacious and uproarious black comedy…Mac has his own gloriously skewed vision of the toxins fouling the American family from within, and in its avowedly loopy way HIR reflects current concerns about the decline of the middle class, as well as the trauma war veterans endure…brilliant writing…” —New York Times

*Note: Hir features the use of strong language, violent content, loud noises and pulsating lights.

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Runtime is approximately 2 hours 10 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.


TALKBACKS

All Talkbacks are free for ticket holders to that evening’s performance of HIR, and take place in the theatre after the performance. 

Friday, March 9 – Patriarchy & Toxic Masulinity

Friday, March 16 – Domestic violence

Friday, March 23 – Military service & PTSD

 


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PEERLESS

Jan 18 – Feb 11 2018

Corinne Magin (M) and Maile Wong (L). Photo by John McLellan.

January 18 – February 11, 2018

By Jiehae Park

Directed by Sara Porkalob

*SOLD OUT*

Asian-American twin sisters M and L will do whatever it takes to win the one coveted affirmative action spot at “The College.” But when the thick acceptance envelope falls into the hands of D, a white male colleague who is 1/16th Native American, the sisters will stop at nothing to take back what is rightfully theirs – and eliminate anyone who stands in their way. Jiehae Park’s clever and incisive adaptation of Macbeth explores how the drive to succeed can become an all-consuming – and deadly – obsession.


“Though you’ll guess what will happen, you won’t guess how, and the manifold shocks—both the twists of the plot and the provocation of the subject matter—are exhilarating.” – Seattle Magazine

Peerless is…a propulsive, immensely entertaining production directed by Sara Porkalob. This is a carefully honed play, internalizing its inspiration’s thoughts on power grabs and fated ends, and leavening them with a darkly comic perspective on privilege, race and societal expectations.” – Seattle Times

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Content note: Characters in this play make active use of offensive and derogatory language toward each other and other marginalized groups.


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ARTSWEST HOLIDAY CAST PARTY

Dec 01 – Dec 23 2017

December 1 – December 23, 2017

Join us this December as we ring in the holidays ArtsWest-style, with music, merriment, and a heaping dash of the unexpected! Hosted by Mathew Wright and featuring a revolving lineup of beloved ArtsWest stars – see below for the full list – every night will be packed with song, surprise, and celebration in the timeless tradition of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Grab a drink, get toasty, and join us for a rousing evening of pure entertainment!

Hosted by Mathew Wright | Music Direction by Chris DiStefano

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

Bobbi Kotula & Corinna Lapid Munter

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

Ben Gonio & Justin Huertas

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

Brenna Wagner & Brian Lange

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22

EmilyRose Frasca & Jessi Little

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23

Jordan Iosua Taylor & Kirsten DeLohr Helland

Adult: $32 | Senior: $28 | Student: $19

Cabaret Table for Two (with complimentary libations): $99

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THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS INDIVIDUAL DONORS

David & Ann Mann

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THE NANCE

Oct 26 – Nov 19 2017

Richard Gray as Chauncey Miles in The Nance. Photo by John McLellan.

October 26 – November 19, 2017

★ LIMITED ENGAGEMENT ★

★ FINAL WEEKEND OF PERFORMANCES ★

By Douglas Carter Beane

Directed by Mathew Wright

Set in the beating heart of the naughty, raucous world of 1930s burlesque, THE NANCE brings to life an American era when it was easy to play gay and dangerous to be gay. Chauncey Miles performs as a “nance”, a popular comedy act packed with double entendre and camp parodies of gay men. While most “nance” actors are straight, Chauncey is not, and – at a time when gay communities were subject to police raids and moral outrage – Chauncey is left with no choice but to hide his identity while he mocks it onstage.

Reviews of ArtsWest’s production of The Nance

“Director Mathew Wright has done it again! He’s establishing a record of hit after hit at ArtsWest. This one is an especially powerful show that captures all our emotions. Funny? Oh indeed, it’s full of laughs and gaiety, but you may also find yourself wiping away a tear or two.” – Arts Stage – Seattle Rage

“THE NANCE is a definite must-see production…a magical mix of theatre, hilarious comedy show, and burlesque all rolled into one unforgettable experience.” – Seattle Gay News

Run time is approx. 2.5 hours with an intermission.

* Content advisory: this play features full nudity.

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Cabaret Seats

10 Cabaret Tables for Two are available for each performance of The Nance, staged as shown in the diagram below. Cabaret Tables, available for only $125, seat two and include a complimentary bottle of wine.

Diagram of THE NANCE seating: 10 Cabaret Tables distributed around the stage

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