Jan 18 – Feb 11 2018
January 18 – February 11, 2018
By Jiehae Park
Directed by Sara Porkalob
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
Content note: Characters in this play make active use of offensive and derogatory language toward each other and other marginalized groups.
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
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS INDIVIDUAL DONORS
David & Ann Mann
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.
Sep 07 – Oct 01 2017
From left to right: Alaji (Mahwish) and Monika Jolly (Zarina). Photo credit: Michael Brunk.
By Ayad Akhtar
FINAL WEEKEND OF PERFORMANCES!
Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina is focused on finishing her novel about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them. From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, THE WHO AND THE WHAT is a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are.
“THE WHO & THE WHAT explores intergenerational and interfaith conflicts with fluid eloquence and intelligence. Mr. Akhtar writes dialogue that, while often funny and always natural, crackles with ideas and continually reveals undercurrents of tension that ratchet up the emotional stakes.”—The New York Times.
“THE WHO & THE WHAT is to be commended for tackling themes too rarely addressed in contemporary dramas…Akhtar is definitely a playwright whose work merits significant attention.” —The Hollywood Reporter.
Run time is approximately 90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
Adults – $38
Seniors – $33 – 65+
Students – $17 – with valid school ID
CAST TALK BACK: Thursday, 9/28 – Get tickets
POST-SHOW PANEL DISCUSSION: Friday, 9/29 – Get tickets
This production of The Who & The What has an upstage seating section to create the feeling of theatre in the round. These are full, cushioned theatre seats and not folding chairs. This seating area is not reserved, but general admission/festival style seating. See the chart below for an illustration of the seating arrangement for The Who & The What.