Join us for Seattle Rep’s first in-person, public work-in-progress showing since 2019!
A castle is the ultimate “expectation vs. reality” meme. Like a lot of kids, Lindy West (Hulu's Shrill) grew up dreaming of castles and princes, of a magic beyond everyday life. But reality has a way of grinding the fantasy out of you. Parents die, insecurities get in the way of dreams, and it turns out castles aren’t magical at all—they’re just wet, stinking military installations built to fortify the immoral power of horrible men. Outrageous! In Every Castle, Ranked, a now 40-something Lindy takes us on a hilarious, bittersweet journey through her own disillusionment, her understanding of self, her complicated relationship with the spotlight, and the history of toilets.
Meet the Artists
Creator & Performer
Lindy West (she/her) is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Shrill and the essay collections The Witches Are Coming and Shit, Actually. Her work has also appeared in This American Life, The New York Times, The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vulture, Jezebel, and many others. She is the co-founder of the reproductive rights de-stigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion. Lindy was a writer and executive producer on Shrill, the Hulu comedy adapted from her memoir starring Aidy Bryant. She co-wrote and produced the independent feature film Thin Skin. Her e-mail newsletter, Butt News, is regarded by everyone as the most influential and beloved e-mail newsletter of all time. She lives in Seattle.
Photo by Jenny Jiménez
Ahamefule J. Oluo
Ahamefule J. Oluo (they/them) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer, comedian, and creator of live performance. They were a founding member of experimental jazz quartet Industrial Revelation, Mellon Creative Research Fellow, Creative Capital awardee, ArtistTrust Arts Innovators recipient, and semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity competition. Oluo co-produced two comedy albums by Hari Kondabolu and one by Dwayne Kennedy. They premiered critically acclaimed performances Now I’m Fine (2016) and Susan (2020) at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. They wrote for stop-motion animated comedy Santa Inc. on HBO Max, starring Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen. They appeared on This American Life. Now I’m Fine was adapted into the film Thin Skin, which Oluo wrote, scored, and starred in. They have been commissioned, presented, or invited by On the Boards, PICA, Meany Center, the Clarice, STG, and REDCAT.
Photo by Naomi Ishisaka
Roya Amirsoleymani is an arts administrator, independent producer and project manager, and Artistic Director & Curator of Public Engagement at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), where she co-curates interdisciplinary performance, visual art exhibitions, public programs, and the international Time-Based Art Festival of contemporary dance, experimental theater, performance, sound art, music, film/video, and social practice. She co-directs PICA’s Creative Exchange Lab artist residency as well as Precipice Fund, part of the Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Program. Across the arts and cultural sector regionally, nationally, and internationally, she has presented at conferences; written for publications; sat on numerous grant and award panels; and served on steering and advisory committees. She holds a B.A. in Contemporary Visual Culture & Gender Studies (Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, California), and Master’s in Arts Management (University of Oregon).
Photo by Mia O'Connor
New Works Program
Seattle Rep’s New Works Program includes a new play development lab. Through year-round readings, residencies, and workshops, we offer artists support tailored to their artistic process and introduce them to our Seattle Rep community of artists and audiences.