SEATTLE, WA (December 1, 2021) – Seattle Rep today announced select cast members in its 2021/22 season of live theater productions, including Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; A League of Their Own; Nomadland), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Scarface), and Thom Sesma (Broadway: The Lion King) in an exciting new translation of Ibsen’s classic play, Ghosts, previously part of Seattle Rep’s Plays in Process series. The upcoming season will also feature performances from multiple award-winning Chicago-based performer E. Faye Butler (Seattle Rep: Pullman Porter Blues) in Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, the new play with music from local playwright Cheryl L. West; Gregory Award-winner Alexandria J. Henderson (Village Theatre: Dreamgirls) and Eric Ankrim (Seattle Rep: As You Like It) will both appear in the world premiere musical, Bruce; and Rheanna Atendido (Seattle Rep:The Odyssey) will be in the brilliant retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Teenage Dick.
Season tickets are on sale now, with single tickets becoming available intermittently throughout the season. By popular demand, Seattle Rep is also excited to announce a new offering: Seattle Rep at Home, the official production streaming platform for all things Seattle Rep. Seattle Rep at Home offers a 5-show streaming package for $190 which includes: Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, Teenage Dick, Ghosts, Selling Kabul, and Bruce. Individual streaming productions will be available for purchase the same day each production’s single tickets go on sale in 2022. Freestyle Love Supreme is not currently available for streaming and free streaming or in-person tickets for The Winter’s Tale are available separately. For all tickets and to learn more visit SeattleRep.org or contact Seattle Rep’s Patron Services Office at 206.443.2222.
THE COMPLETE 2021/22 SEASON
THE WINTER’S TALE
By William Shakespeare
Music & Lyrics by Todd Almond
Adaptation by Lear deBessonet and Todd Almond
Adapted for the Screen & Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Choreographed by Trina Mills
A Hybrid Film and Live Theatrical Experience - December 16-19, 2021
Seattle Rep’s Public Works family of community and professional actors join together for a dazzling journey of reunion and redemption in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The Sicilian King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity and seeks revenge by imprisoning her and banishing their newborn child to distant shores. Sixteen years later, in the wild woods of Bohemia, the consequences of his actions begin to unfold.
FANNIE: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER
By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Henry Godinez
A Seattle Rep Co-commission with Goodman Theatre
Bagley Wright Theater - January 14 – February 13, 2022
Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer tells the impassioned story of American civil rights activist and hero, Fannie Lou Hamer. From her humble origins as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper, to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and demanding recognition at the National Democratic Convention, hers is a story of justice that will not be denied. Part theater, part revival, and all power – this play with music will have your head nodding and hands clapping from start to finish.
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME
Conceived by Anthony Veneziale
Created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale
Directed by Thomas Kail
Bagley Wright Theater - February 16 – March 13, 2022
Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. Now — direct from Broadway — the original hip-hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale arrives in Seattle.
The recipient of a special 2020 Tony Award® and subject of the recently released Hulu documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, every performance of this Grammy-nominated show brings the unexpected, as the crew takes the crowd on a freestyle, hip-hop, improvisational comedy ride. The performers take suggestions from the audience and spin them into instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers. See it for the first time each time — as no two shows are ever the same.
By Mike Lew
Directed by Malika Oyetimein
Leo K. Theater - March 4 – April 3, 2022
In this satirical retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III, one of the most famous disabled characters in literary history is reimagined as a 16-year-old outsider with all the teenage angst of high school. Bullied for his cerebral palsy, Richard plots his revenge as well as a glorious and ambitious plan to win senior class president. As he falls deeper into political turmoil, Richard is faced with an unexpected choice. Is it better to be loved or feared? Find out in this witty and lively production.
By Henrik Ibsen
Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh
Directed by Carey Perloff
Originally produced by the Williamstown Theater Festival, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director
Bagley Wright Theater - April 1 – May 1, 2022
In this arresting new translation, Henrik Ibsen’s controversial drama resonates with startling contemporary power. Mrs. Alving welcomes home her beloved son Oswald after many years away. Rebuilding her life after the death of her unfaithful husband, she struggles to keep his debauchery hidden to protect his reputation for the sake of her son. But when Oswald begins a new romance, secrets of all kinds emerge, and Mrs. Alvingmust decide what course to take to truly be free.
By Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Leo K. Theater - April 22 – May 22, 2022
Taroon once served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. After the Americans have withdrawn, their promises of protection and safety are no longer there. He now spends his days in hiding from growing presence of the Taliban as he anxiously awaits news from the hospital on the eve of his first child’s birth. What are the consequences of taking sides during wartime?
BRUCE World Premiere!
Music by Richard Oberacker
Book & Lyrics by Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor
Based on the book The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb
Directed and Choreographed by Donna Feore
Bagley Wright Theater - May 27 – June 26, 2022
In 1974, a virtually unknown 26-year-old director set out to film a best-selling novel. Invading a sleepy fishing island off Cape Cod to shoot on the open ocean, he battled weather, water, hostile locals, an exploding budget, endless delays, and a highly dysfunctional mechanical star named Bruce. Based on The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb, this world-premiere musical takes you behind the scenes of the world’s first summer blockbuster.
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ABOUT SEATTLE REP
Seattle Rep puts theater at the heart of public life. Founded in 1963 and winner of the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Seattle Rep is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. Over a season and throughout the year, Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Rep’s nationally recognized programs include the New Play Program, Seattle Rep’s Public Works, Youth Engagement programming, Pay What You Choose ticketing options, and numerous audience enrichment and engagement opportunities including post-play panels, discussions, and community events and presentations.
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