In a cottage on England’s beautiful rocky coast, two retired nuclear physicists live a peaceful existence; however, the world around them has been crippled by an environmental disaster. The surprise visit of an old friend brings a shocking proposition.
Recent Broadway hit and 2018 Tony Award nominee, The Children is a potent drama – utterly captivating and profound with sincere wit.
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|Event Type||Event Dates|
|Preview Performances||Feb. 7, 8, 9, and 11 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Opening Night||Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Pre-Play Design Talk||Feb. 11 at 6:45 p.m.|
|Post-Play Actor Talks||Feb. 26 at 2:00 p.m. and Mar. 6, 12 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Post-Play Panel Discussions||Feb. 19, Mar. 5 at 7:30 p.m.|
Lucy Kirkwood is an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter. In 2009, Lucy’s play It Felt Empty When the Heart Went at First But It Is Alright Now was produced by Clean Break Theatre Company at the Arcola Theatre. The play was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer and made Lucy joint winner of the 2010 John Whiting Award. NSFW premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012, starring Janie Dee and Julian Barratt. Chimerica premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2013 and subsequently transferred to the West End, earning Best New Play at the 2014 Olivier and Evening Standard Awards, as well as the Critics Circle Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Recent work includes Mosquitoes (presented by special arrangement with Manhattan Theatre Club), which opened at the National Theatre, London, in summer 2017; and The Children, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016. The Children opened on Broadway in December 2017. Lucy also writes for screen: she has written for "Skins" (Company Pictures); created and wrote "The Smoke" (Kudos/Sky 1); wrote and directed the short film The Briny; and is developing projects with Raw TV, Cowboy Films, Clio Barnard, and Lenny Abrahamson. Her new six-part season "Adult Material" (Tiger Aspect Productions) and the mini-series of her play Chimerica (Playground Productions) have both recently been greenlit.
Tim Bond is thrilled to return to Seattle Rep for this production The Children. Tim previously directed August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Fences for Seattle Rep. Bond was recently named the Incoming Artistic Director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. He will begin his new post in the Bay Area this summer after directing Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat for Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Tim is a nationally-known director and educator with past leadership roles as Producing Artistic Director at Syracuse Stage, Associate Artistic Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artistic Director at Seattle Group Theatre, and tenured full Professor and Head of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington School of Drama. Over the last 35 years Tim has directed at many theaters including The Market Theatre (Johannesburg), Baxter Theatre Centre (Cape Town), Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis), Milwaukee Rep, The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), Arena Stage (D.C.), GEVA Theatre Center (Rochester), Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PCPA (Santa Maria), Arizona Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Rep, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Empty Space Theatre (Seattle), Paul Robeson Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. He is the recipient of two Backstage West Garland Awards, two Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) Awards, and a Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award. Tim received his BFA in Dramatic Arts from Howard University and his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington.
Cast and Production
Recent credits include Angels in America at Berkeley Rep and You Can’t Take It with You at Indiana Rep. She toured nationally in Angels in America and has worked extensively with the Peninsula Players Theatre, Chicago’s Court Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Walnut Street Theater. Film and television credits include appearances in “Chicago PD,” “Proven Innocent,” “Boss,” “Betrayal,” “All My Children,” “Law and Order,” and Savages. She is an ensemble member at American Blues Theater in Chicago. She received the Sarah Siddons Award, Jeff Awards for Master Class and Wit, and is a Fox Fellow.
On Broadway: The Kentucky Cycle (Tony nomination and Clarence Derwent Award recipient) directed by Warner Shook, starring Stacy Keach; Ann Putnam in The Crucible, directed by Richard Eyre, starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Jeanne has performed in theaters nationwide, including Studio Theatre in Washington D.C. (Hazel in The Children), Arizona Theatre Company (Erma Bombeck in Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Emily Reed in Alabama Story), Milwaukee Rep (Patty in One House Over), McCarter Theatre (Marceline in The Figaro Plays), Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Kate Keller in All My Sons, Mrs. Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Penny in You Can’t Take It with You, Terry in Sideman, Molly in Molly Sweeney and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet), A Contemporary Theatre (Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten), Intiman Theatre (Hanna Pitt et al. in Angels in America, Birdie in The Little Foxes, Grace in Faith Healer, Mrs. Webb in Our Town), South Coast Repertory (Rosie in Holy Days, LA Drama Critics Award for Lead Performance), and many, many more.
R. Hamilton Wright
Hamilton Wright has appeared in over fifty productions at Seattle Rep, the first being 1979’s The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Dan Sullivan and the latest being 2018’s Ibsen in Chicago, directed by Braden Abraham. His original play Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse just premiered at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary and will receive its second production next summer at The Shaw Festival in Ontario. The long-running production of Bob and Katie’s Marriage recently celebrated its 23rd anniversary. It has been extended indefinitely.
This is William Bloodgood’s third production for Seattle Rep after Fences in 2010 and The Piano Lesson in 2015. Well-known in American regional theaters and abroad, his work has been seen at ACT Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arena Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, Birmingham Rep (UK), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Denver Center Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Syracuse Stage, as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he designed the scenery for 150 productions. He is the recipient of many awards for his designs, including the Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2002.
Melanie returns to Seattle Rep after having designed Nina Simone: Four Women, A Raisin in the Sun, Sylvia, Three Tall Women, and Bad Dates. Also in Seattle: Seattle Opera, The 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT, Intiman Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, New Century Theatre Company, Seattle Theatre Company, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Taproot Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, and The Empty Space Theatre. Regionally for: Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company, Tantrum Theater – Ohio, Idaho Theater for Youth, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and Hawaii Opera. Melanie received her M.F.A. from the University of Washington. She is the recipient of the first Gregory Award for Outstanding Costume Design in 2010 and again in 2019, and has received seven Seattle Times Footlight Awards. She is a professor of Costume Design at Cornish College of the Arts. melanietaylorburgess.com
Geoff Korf has lived in Seattle since 2002. At Seattle Rep, Geoff designed the lights for Public Works’ As You Like It, A View from the Bridge, brownsville song (b-side for tray), The Piano Lesson, The Brothers Size, The Seafarer, The Cook, and many more. Notable world premieres include Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House at Yale Repertory Theatre, Disney’s High School Musical at the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, and August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. Geoff's work has been seen on Broadway, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman, ACT, New Century Theatre Company, the Mark Taper Forum, Cornerstone Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Repertory, Long Beach Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Geoff has been a member of the ensemble of Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles since 1996 and also serves as the Interim Associate Chair at the University of Washington School of Drama. Geoff is a graduate of California State University, Chico, and the Yale School of Drama.
Sound Designer & Composer
Michael’s music has been featured at The Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, and internationally at The National Theater of Croatia, The Barbican Theatre Center, and Bristol Old Vic. As an actor, he has performed at the McCarter, Alliance, and Berkeley Rep theaters, La MaMa, and Primary Stages in NYC, and many others. He received three Barrymore Award nominations, the AATE Distinguished Play Award, and has served as panelist for the NEA, The NY State Arts Council, and Meet The Composer. He is a member of AEA, AFTRA, ASCAP, PEN, and The Dramatists Guild.
Judith Shahn has been coaching dialects and voice for the last 35 years, mostly in the Seattle area as well as at Shakespeare festivals around the country. Most recently: Dracula, Oslo, Tribes at ACT Theatre; My Ántonia at Book-It Repertory Theatre (which she also performed in). At Seattle Rep, Judith has coached dozens of productions, among them: A View from the Bridge, The Brothers Size, The Road to Mecca, The Cook, Private Lives, The Three Musketeers. At Seattle Opera: Porgy and Bess, The End of the Affair. She has also been a member of creative teams for Intiman, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Judith is a designated Linklater voice teacher and works with people in all professions as well as teaching workshops abroad.
Kathryn Van Meter
Kathryn Van Meter is an award-winning multidisciplinary theater artist based in Seattle whose 20-year career encompasses work as an actor, choreographer, director, and educator. She is thrilled to return to Seattle Rep after choreographing Seattle Rep’s Public Works’ As You Like It earlier this season. Other recent collaborations include directing Corduroy for Seattle Children’s Theatre and choreographing A Christmas Carol for ACT. Kathryn’s next collaboration will also be with Tim Bond on a production of Cabaret for the University of Washington. She is a proud member of SDC.
Michael B. Paul
Regional theater credits include Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theater, Alaska Repertory Theatre, The Alliance, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Stage in Baltimore, Cleveland Playhouse, and Arkansas Repertory Theatre. New York credits include Manhattan Theatre Club, James Binder Casting, and the Dramatist Guild. Michael lives in Seattle and stage manages for Seattle Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT Theatre, and Intiman Theatre.
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