Sep 26 – Oct 20 2019
by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Speaking truth to power SUNSET BABY begins with the story of Nina, a strong and independent woman named after the rebellious songstress, as she is visited by her estranged father and former revolutionary in the Black liberation movement, Kenyatta. She can’t tell what he’s after, a fix to their broken relationship or the only physical items of value she ties to her mother – a collection of love letters written by her infamous parents. As the lives of father and daughter begin to intertwine, old wounds are revealed, generational differences exposed, and smoldering truths laid bare. Morisseau’s SUNSET BABY is an energetic and vibrant narrative of the duality and intersectionality of family, legacy, and liberation. Run time – 90 minutes
“[A] smart and bracing new play about two generations of urban outlaws struggling to stay afloat in the lower depths…[Sunset Baby] covers vast acres of social and political ground.” – The New York Times
“…smart, entertaining and moving…while asking penetrating questions about the nature of liberation. Is it possible to be a good revolutionary and a good parent? Why are the gains made by one generation so often casually thrown away by the next? And what are the things we do for love?” – The Guardian
Jun 20 – Jul 28 2019
Book, music and lyrics by Justin Huertas
Musical arrangements & orchestrations by Steven Tran
Directed by Mathew Wright
Gregory Award-winning playwright of LIZARD BOY
Senior year (and falling in love) is hard enough, but when the discovery of her mother’s old trophy throws open the locked doors of the past, a young girl must reckon with a world turned upside down – and the arrival of strange new abilities that seem to hint at a destiny beyond her wildest imaginations. Taking rich threads of Puget Sound history and folklore, musical mastermind Justin Huertas weaves a thrilling modern myth of love, family, and transformation.
Note: this production features the use of water-based haze.
Runtime is 1 hour 45 minutes.
“Justin Huertas is one of those people who seemingly can do everything.” – KUOW
“[Huertas’s] songs liven up the action…His talent for choruses and his humor shine.” – The Stranger
Presented in the round!
May 02 – May 26 2019
By Julia Cho
Directed by Mathew Wright
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning playwright
Alarmed by his grisly writings, a professor invites a troubled student to her office to shed light on – and build a bridge across – the dark clouds that surround him. As the clock ticks down and tensions rise, she learns that notions of “good” and “bad” are dangerous illusions. A stirring call for empathy and a bold experiment in form, this searing play tackles thorny issues of gun violence, immigration, and “the other” to reveal our essential, human need for connection.
Content note: Office Hour features realistic, non-firing prop guns, loud recorded gun shots, and depictions of violence.
Office Hour runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
…vital, honest, and valuable. …Office Hour is interested not only in the question of gun violence, but in the painful, isolating struggle faced by the children of immigrant parents in this country.” —NY Magazine
“…[an] urgent and sensitive drama… tense and extremely well thought out… What is so gripping about the play…is the ever-present fear of horrific violence that permeates the space, even as sympathy grows for Dennis. …Cho effectively calls for compassion and outreach from a society that commonly creates violent loners out of troubled children.” —Broadway World
Next in the Season: The Last World Octopus Wresting Champion >
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
Next in the Season: Office Hour >