As Sarah’s grandfather is nearing the end of his life, her precocious young son Evan is at the beginning of his. Written by Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51), this world premiere play is a funny and poetic meditation on beginnings and endings, birth and age, and the moments of transition that mark our passage from life to death.
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Anna Ziegler has written the plays Actually (Manhattan Theatre Club; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Geffen Playhouse and others; L.A. Ovation Award winner for Playwriting for an Original Play), the widely produced Photograph 51 (directed on the West End by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman; WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play, selected as a “Best of the Year” play by The Washington Post and The Telegraph and, at Seattle Rep, a Seattle Times Footlight Award winner for Top Mainstage Play), Boy (Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award nominee), The Wanderers (The Old Globe; Craig Noel Award winner for Outstanding New Play), The Last Match (Roundabout Theatre Company; The Old Globe; Writers’ Theatre), and A Delicate Ship (New York Times Critic’s Pick; The Playwrights Realm; Cincinnati Playhouse). She holds commissions from The Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, The Manhattan Theatre Club and The Geffen Playhouse. Oberon Books has published a collection of her work entitled Anna Ziegler: Plays One. Notable in 2019: Photograph 51 upcoming at Melbourne Theatre Company (Australia) and Antigones at the O’Neill Play Development Center. More at annabziegler.net.
Braden joined Seattle Rep in 2002 and held several positions on the artistic staff before his appointment as Artistic Director 2015. An accomplished director, he has directed many productions for Seattle Rep, most recently: A Doll’s House, Part 2, Last of the Boys, Ibsen in Chicago, Well, Luna Gale, and A View from the Bridge. Other productions include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Great Wilderness, The Glass Menagerie, Clybourne Park, and the critically acclaimed, extended runs of Photograph 51; My Name is Rachel Corrie (U.S. regional premiere); and Betrayal. Braden directed the West Coast premieres of This (Seattle Rep), The K of D, an urban legend (Seattle Rep, Pistol Cat, FringeNYC, Illusion Theatre), Breakin’ Hearts and Takin’ Names, Opus (Seattle Rep), and White Hot (Marxiano Productions/West of Lenin). Other premieres include Riddled (Richard Hugo House); Clear Blue Sky (On the Boards/Northwest New Works), and The Ten Thousand Things (Washington Ensemble Theatre). Braden has developed new work with Seattle Rep, Denver Theatre Center, On the Boards, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage, and The Playwrights Center. Member of SDC.
Cast and Production
Alexandra has appeared at Seattle Rep in The Odyssey, Constellations, and Three Tall Women. Other productions include Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth), Tom Jones, The Clean House, and Italian-American Reconciliation at Actors Theatre of Louisville; the world premiere of the new Jane Martin play Somebody/Nobody and Sherlock Holmes and The Suicide Club at Arizona Theatre Company; Middletown and Rock ‘n’ Roll at ACT; Heartbreak House and The Three Sisters at Intiman Theatre; Medea (Medea) at Seattle Shakespeare Company; as well as at Seattle Children's Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Washington Ensemble Theatre. She is also a co-Founder of The Seagull Project and has appeared in The Seagull, The Three Sisters, and Uncle Vanya. She has an M.F.A. in acting from University of Washington. TV/Film credits include the “Capitol Hill" series and Find Him.
Veteran of over 100 plays. Broadway: Starred as Mia Farrow's husband in Romantic Comedy; Lenny in Rumors; Merv in the Broadway National Tour of The Sisters Rosensweig. Recent Off-Broadway: Grandfather in Final Follies at the Cherry Lane; opposite Marlo Thomas in Clever Little Lies; Milton Saltzman, holocaust survivor, The Soap Myth at The Roundabout Complex. Regional favorites: King Lear as Lear at Oklahoma City's Center Theatre; The Price at the Guthrie; Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and Gayev in The Cherry Orchard opposite Alfred Molina at LA's Odyssey. TV/Film: hundreds from Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Gunsmoke to current TV pilot “House Arrest” and short film “Bliss” with Louise Lasser. Best known: Tom Hartman on the 70s hit “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” Thrilled to be working at Seattle Rep.
In 1972 while in college, Eugene Lee was in a command performance of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun for President Lyndon B. Johnson at his ranch. Mr. Lee has gone on to work in over 200 TV shows and movies and has lost count of the number of plays. This year’s recipient of the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in a Play for the role of Memphis Lee in the Seattle Rep/Arena Stage co-production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, Mr. Lee was on Broadway last year with Kerry Washington, Jeremy Jordan, and Stephen Pasquale in American Son and in the film adaptation which premiered at Toronto Film Festival and on Netflix starting November 1, and as General Mears in the eighth and final season of Homeland. His own characters come to life through his plays, including, East Texas Hot Links, Fear Itself, Somebody Called: A Tale of Two Preachers, Killingsworth, Lyin’ Ass, Twist the Musical, Ode to Juneteenth, and Lightbread. Mr. Lee is a Distinguished Alum of Texas State University and this year he was honored with formal induction into the Texas Institute of Letters. He serves as Artist-in-Residence in the Theatre and Dance Department at his alma mater and Artistic Director for the Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration now in its 17th year. eugeneleeonline.com
Memorable Off-Broadway: Fishing, Top Girls, Nasty Rumors and Final Remarks, Museum, 49 Years (with Estelle Parsons), Endgame (with Alvin Epstein), The Oak Tree, Seven Jewish Children, The Penetration Play, A Model Apartment, her two solo shows, A Mom’s Life, falling apart....together, 20th Century Blues. Film: Harry and Walter Go To New York, My Bodyguard, The Lemon Sisters, Another Woman, Reds, Men With Guns, Limbo. Television: “The Sunset Gang” (with Uta Hagen), “Execution of Private Slovak” (with Martin Sheen). Nominated for a Drama Desk award for her three character solo show, A Mom’s Life; Obies for The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Top Girls, all at The Public Theater. She is working on a piece called An Unlikely Bunch Of Characters with Bulelani Mabutyana and Xolisa Kapakanti, two South African theater makers, with the New York Theatre Workshop, starting at Dartmouth. She is on the board of Noor Theatre, Dances For A Variable Population, and is a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop. Kathryn works with the IRC and American Jewish World Service.
A selection of Catherine’s scenic designs include MAC BETH (Seattle Rep; Red Bull Theatre in NYC); Buyer and Cellar (Seattle Rep); The Year of Magical Thinking (ACT); Harvey (UVA’s Heritage Theatre Festival); Everything is Illuminated, American Junkie, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, A Tale for the Time Being, Slaughterhouse Five, Truth Like the Sun (Book-It Repertory Theatre); Dry Land, The Liar (Seattle Public Theater); Bright Half Life (NCTC); Frost/Nixon (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Red Light Winter, 25 Saints (Azeotrope); Master Harold… and the boys (West of Lenin); Les Miserables, Crazy For You (Village Theatre KIDSTAGE); Big Fish (Bainbridge Performing Arts); Into the Woods (STAGEright). She obtained her BFA in Design and Production from the University of Michigan.
Robert J. Aguilar
Previous designs for Seattle Rep include Indecent, In the Heights, Tiny Beautiful Things, A People’s History, MAC BETH, Pride and Prejudice, The Odyssey, A Raisin in the Sun, Dry Powder, Luna Gale, Lizard Boy, I Am My Own Wife, Of Mice and Men, The K of D, Buyer & Cellar, Bo-Nita, The Vaudevillians, Speech & Debate, and boom!. Other local credits: Bullrusher, Native Gardens, Dragon Lady, Hir, Barbeque, Wedding Band, and Angels in America (Intiman Theatre); The Year of Magical Thinking, Romeo and Juliet, The Wolves and Alex and Aris (ACT); Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors (ACT/The 5th Avenue Theatre); The Pajama Game, How to Succeed in Business..., and Jasper in Deadland (The 5th Avenue Theatre); Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, and The Three Sisters (The Seagull Project); The 25th Annual..., String, Trails (Village Theatre); Next to Normal (Contemporary Classics). Regional credits include In the Heights (Portland Center Stage); Marjorie Prime (Pittsburgh Public); Dancing at Lughnasa (Tantrum Theatre); Full Gallop (The Old Globe); In the Heights, Seven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); In the Heights (Milwaukee Rep). Robert is the managing director and resident lighting designer of Contemporary Classics. He is the lighting director of Seattle Rep.
Original Score & Sound Design
Obadiah’s music and sound have appeared at Seattle Rep in A Doll’s House, Part 2, Sherlock Holmes and The American Problem, Constellations, The Comparables, A Great Wilderness, The Glass Menagerie, Betrayal, The Night Watcher, My Name is Rachel Corrie, and Nine Parts of Desire, which played at theaters across the country and garnered the Lortel Award for Outstanding Sound Design. On Broadway, he created music and sound for Saint Joan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Shining City, Come Back, Little Sheba, Collected Stories, Accent On Youth, The Country House, The Assembled Parties, A Life In The Theatre, and Harvey. Other recent work includes As You Like It (Old Globe), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Huntington), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Noura (Playwright’s Horizons), and The Total Bent (The Public Theater). He has also designed sound and music for the original productions of works by David Mamet, Eric Bogosian, Ethan Coen, Woody Allen, and John Patrick Shanley. He garnered Audelco Viv Awards for his work on The Total Bent and Fucking A (The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival) and the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Heartbreak House (Berkeley Rep). His music can also be heard on HBO, Nickelodeon, Discovery, TLC, and in Fisher-Price toys.
Maria returns to Seattle Rep after assisting on Familiar. Latest credits include: The Bar Plays (The Williams Project), Behold the Dreamers (Book-It Repertory Theatre), We Will Not Be Silent (Taproot Theatre Company), A Bright Room Called Day (The Williams Project), Richard III (Seattle Shakespeare Company/upstart crow collective), All’s Well That Ends Well and The Merchant of Venice (Seattle Shakespeare Company). She is a transplant from Philadelphia, as well as the road where she was Head of Props on several bus & truck National Tours from 2013 through 2017. Maria also works as a Corporate Stage Manager, Event Project Manager, Stagehand: focus Electrics and Properties, and is a proud member of IATSE Local #8.
Assistant Stage Manager
Caitlin Denney-Turner is excited to return to Seattle Rep as a Stage Manager. She was previously an intern during the 2014/15 season and worked on shows such as All the Way, The Great Society, and Lizard Boy. Caitlin has also worked around town with companies such as ACT (Urinetown), Village Theatre (Hairspray, Newsies, Billy Elliot), Seattle Shakespeare Company (Titus Andronicus, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night), and Book-It Repertory Theatre (American Junkie). She was also previously the Production Stage Manager and Company Manager for Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw, Indiana.
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