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The Little Match Girl Passion

Dec 11 – Dec 22 2016

Composed by David Lang, 2008

Based on The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson

Modeled after Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, The Little Match Girl Passion is a modern, minimalist retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s tragic winter fairy tale. With only matches to keep her warm, a poor young girl, afraid to go home to her abusive father, takes shelter in an alley on a cold winter night. As she strikes each match, wonderful visions appear: when the last match is struck, the girl learns that the end of her suffering – and her life – is near. Featuring four of Seattle’s most critically acclaimed voices and the lyrical, hip-hop choreography of UJ Mangune, our production of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning masterpiece is an intimate, unforgettable evening of music and dance.

“The piece is at once an understated narrative and an ethereal meditation.” – The New York Times

“David Lang’s retelling of Hans Andersen’s fairy tale is an entrancingly beautiful piece.” – The Guardian

“Minimalist in form and quasi-medieval in its sublime austerity.” – The Los Angeles Times



Sunday Dec. 11, 7:30pm

Monday, Dec. 12, 7:30pm

Monday, Dec. 19, 7:30pm

Thursday, Dec. 22, 10:30pm

*Run time = 60 miinutes

Tickets: $30


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Peter and the Starcatcher

Nov 17 – Dec 30 2016

Extended through Tuesday, 12/30!

By Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

2012 Winner of Five Tony Awards
2012 Nominee of Ten Tony Awards, including Best Play

When starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to protect a precious cargo. In this Tony Award-winning, magical and hilarious play with music, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters.  Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to finally reveal the origins of Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys, their piratical nemesis, Captain Hook – and a far-off place known as Neverland.

“The most exhilarating Broadway storytelling in decades!”The New York Times

“Charming and inventive…Peter and the Starcatcher is the gold standard!” – The New York Post

“Miraculous.  Spectacle, wit and joy spill out of this production like treasure from a magic pocket.” – New York Magazine

Production Run

November 17 – December 30, 2016

Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.

*Run time – 2hrs. 15 mins | 1 intermission


Adults – $39.50

Seniors – $35 – 65+

Students – $19 – with valid school ID

Note: Peter and the Starcatcher is suitable for all ages.




ArtsWest is proud to partner with Page Ahead this holiday season to host a book drive from December 4th to December 30th in our Playhouse and Gallery. Click here to learn more!

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Sep 22 – Oct 23 2016


By Henrik Ibsen

Adaptation by Richard Eyre

Directed by Mathew Wright

Illuminated with fresh poetry and dark humor in a stunning new adaptation from acclaimed British director Richard Eyre, Henrik Ibsen’s GHOSTS was seen as a scandalous work when it was first performed in 1892. The story follows widow Helene Alving as she tries to start her life anew after the death of her philandering husband. She is determined that her son will not follow his father’s footsteps, but when Oswald returns from France, she discovers that she may be too late.


Adults – $37.50

Seniors – $33 – 65+

Students – $17 – with valid school ID

**Ghosts is presented in the round.  To accommodate seating on all sides a northside seating section has been created. This section consists of three raked rows with a small aisle in the center.  Seating in this section is not reserved as there was not time to build this into our ticketing system, however: northside seats are the best in the house.  To choose seats in the northside section, choose that option from the ticketing list for GHOSTS and enter in the number of seats you require.  

*this production runs 80 minutes with no intermission.

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After Hours: Origins

Aug 01 – Aug 22 2016

Back by popular demand,our Summer Cabaret series returns! 

One more this summer!  Join Andi Alhadeff on Monday, August 22!

Join ArtsWest as your favorite Seattle performers sing the songbooks of the artists who inspired them, from Carole King and Alanis Morrissette to Freddie Mercury and Stevie Wonder.

Hosted by Artistic Director Mathew Wright, these one-night only events feature four of Seattle’s brightest stars: Kirsten DeLohr Helland, Frederick Hagreen, Jimmie Herrod, and Andi Alhadeff. These performers are at the forefront of musical theatre in Seattle—artistic talent behind smash-hits like Lizard Boy (Seattle Rep), Green Day’s American Idiot (ArtsWest), and The Sound of Music (5th Avenue Theatre), just to name a few.

Come join us as we get up close and personal with these incredibly talented artists, unscripted and ready to entertain!

Monday, August 1 – Kirsten DeLohr Helland

Monday, August 8 – Frederick Hagreen

Monday, August 15 – Jimmie Herrod

Monday, August 22 – Andi Alhadeff

*All performances begin at 7:30 PM



Single evening – general seating – $30

Singe evening – table for two (includes a bottle of wine and nibbles) – $80

Subscription for all four evenings – general seating – $100

Subscription for all four evenings – table for two – $280


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