155 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
Artistic Director: Jerry Manning
Managing Director: Benjamin Moore
About: One of the largest and most renowned regional theatres in the country, Seattle Repertory Theatre produces a mix of classics, recent Broadway hits and cutting-edge new works in two theatre spaces. Since our founding in 1963, actors like Lawrence Fishburne, Lily Tomlin, Samuel L. Jackson, Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Richard Chamberlain, Jessica Tandy, Christopher Walken and many more have all “walked the boards” at the Rep.
September 29 – October 29, 2017
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice ranks among author Jane Austen’s works as one of her best. Playwright Kate Hamill imbues new life to this classic love story with a decidedly progressive take on the trials and travails of Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and, of course, the delightful Bennet clan. But not to worry, empire waists and lavish Regency-era attire still abound in this familiar, yet surprisingly modern adaptation.
November 17 – December 17, 2017
Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
Two Trains Running
January 12 – February 11, 2018
There’s a new President in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise. No, it’s not 2017, it’s 1969. At a critical moment in the civil rights movement, Memphis is forced to consider selling his restaurant to the city of Pittsburgh as urban planning eats away at his beloved neighborhood. Featuring a captivating slice-of-life cast of characters, Two Trains Running is celebrated playwright August Wilson’s portrait of a defining moment in American history.
April 7 – June 18, 2017
Seattle Rep’s Bagley Wright Theatre transforms into a wild dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. Two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers helms David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim’s one-of-a-kind “poperetta” about the Filipina “Steel Butterfly” and the power of the people.
March 17 – April 15, 2017
This new dark comedy delves into the world of those who mold and mess with the American economy. Rick, a private equity firm CEO, creates a PR nightmare when he throws himself an extravagant engagement party after forcing massive layoffs. Seth, one of Rick’s managing directors, tries to rectify the situation by pursuing a luggage company ready to be taken to the next level. But Jenny, Seth’s counterpart at the firm, suggests a countermove that relies on leveling it. The game is on in Sarah Burgess’ razor-sharp play about the price of success and the real cost of getting the deal done.
February 10 – March 5, 2017
Why do some people stay sick while others become well? And where do we find the road to recovery? Lisa Kron, the multi-talented humorist, performer, playwright, and Tony Award-winning writer and lyricist behind the recent Broadway hit Fun Home, takes us on a surprising and complicated journey exploring these questions in this acclaimed comedy—which is not about her mom.
January 6 – 29, 2017
The legendary Woody Guthrie defined an American era of social consciousness and political expression with songs such as “This Land is Your Land” and “The Ballad of Tom Joad.” This musical portrait, featuring Woody’s stirring ballads and joyous anthems, celebrates the colorful life and rich musical legacy of America’s great folk troubadour. Along with a multitalented cast of performers/musicians, virtuoso David Lutken reprises his award-winning role as “the original folk hero.”
December 2, 2016 – January 1, 2017
It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen; the war’s ending; and two hot, young Vietnamese immigrants flee to the United States to pursue their dreams. American English and the refugee camps kinda suck, but the wild, action-packed road trip they take across the USofA totally rocks. This new (and, OK, somewhat made-up) story about playwright Qui Nguyen’s parents is not a story about war. It’s a story about falling in love.
November 11 – December 11, 2016
“The Queen is dead, long live The King!” After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles finally ascends to the throne, flanked by wife Camilla, sons William and Harry, and daughter-in-law Kate. The Prime Minister proposes legislation designed to restrict the freedom of the press, which the newly crowned sovereign opposes, subverting the understood rules of British democracy. Written in blank verse, this smash Broadway and West End hit and the 2015 Olivier Award winner for Best New Play presents a modern take on the future of the British Royal Family.
October 14 – November 13, 2016
In 1976, Ray, a single parent of twin hemophiliac boys, and Roz, their doctor, share a single goal: keep his sons alive. Dr. Roz offers her young patients the revolutionary and lifesaving Factor 8. She appears to be the family’s savior, until the miracle cure goes badly wrong. Roz and Ray explores a compelling yet often forgotten chapter of American medical history through an intimate story of trust and sacrifice between a father and his children’s beloved doctor.
September 30 – October 30, 2016
In Lorraine Hansberry’s classic, which inspired Seattle Rep’s recent production of Clybourne Park, African American Lena Younger lives with her extended family in a cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. On their unknowing behalf, she places a down payment on a home in Clybourne Park—an affordable white neighborhood. Racial intolerance attempts to derail the family’s dreams in this 1959 masterpiece, which “changed American theater forever” (New York Times) and continues to resonate with generation after generation.
April 22 – May 22, 2016
The American Wild West and Victorian England collide in this original adventure tale. The year is 1887, the occasion is the Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, and the coincidences are suspiciously piling up. The creative team behind 2013’s hit The Hound of the Baskervilles is at it again with more thrills, more laughs and more unbelievable deductions.
March 25 – April 24, 2016
“My name is Tramaine Berry Thompson and I am more than meets the eye…” A senseless act of gang violence alters a high school senior’s dreams, leaving his family to pick up the pieces and find hope and resilience within their tight-knit Brooklyn borough.
March 4 – 27, 2016
Who decides who is capable of raising a child? Veteran social worker Caroline will do whatever it takes to protect baby Luna Gale, but her well-intentioned mission is swayed by hidden motives, buried secrets and moral ambiguity. Powerful and arresting, Luna grapples with the age-old question of whether the end justifies the means.
January 22 – February 27, 2016
Can one word alter the course of your life? Through a dizzying fugue of vignettes, audiences watch as Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space, with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Science and romance collide in this unusual love story that’s delighted audiences in New York and London.
January 8 – 31, 2016
Pakistani-born Amir seems to be living the American Dream. A successful New York lawyer, he enjoys a comfortable life with his American wife, a talented artist influenced by Islamic imagery. But when his Muslim heritage is questioned, his life begins to unravel and a celebratory dinner with friends leads to a fiery debate on prejudice, identity and faith.
November 13 – December 20, 2015
September 11, 2001 was an ordinary day in isolated Gander, Newfoundland – until it wasn’t. Thirty-eight planes were diverted to its doorstep on that fateful day, making this small town unexpected hosts to an international community. The camaraderie that followed reminds us all of the power that comes from opening up your heart and your home.
November 25 – December 13, 2015
The stars of 2014’s hit musical revue The Vaudevillians are back with more tunes and more laughs, this time with mistletoe! Drag performers Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales return to the Leo K. Stage for a special engagement that is perfect for those looking for an off-kilter, off-color holiday show. So drag yourself to the theatre for big cheer!
October 23 – November 22, 2015
An actor’s life is never easy. One day you’re the Mayor of Disney’s Toontown, the next you’re the resident shopkeeper for Barbra Streisand’s basement mall. Turns out it’s lonely at the top (and the bottom) of the Hollywood food chain. This outrageous comedy takes an insider’s look at fame and friendship and pushes it to the limit.
September 25 – October 18, 2015
A longshoreman by trade, Eddie Carbone is confident of his place in the working-class neighborhood he calls home. That life changes when he agrees to harbor his immigrant cousins. A love affair exposes a dark family secret, and suspicion, jealousy and betrayal soon follow in this passionate drama by one of America’s greatest playwrights.
April 24 – May 17, 2015
From the author of Doubt and Moonstruck comes a romantic comedy set in rural Ireland. Anthony and Rosemary are lovelorn farmers who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, John Patrick Shanley’s tenderhearted portrait reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on love.
March 27 – May 2, 2015
From the ashes of Mount St. Helens emerged a monster with mysterious powers—powers that changed one boy’s life forever. Superhero or freak? Not even he was sure until one fated night of adventure, music and love on the streets of Seattle. Triple-threat Seattle artist Justin Huertas brings his breakout hit of the 2013 New Play Festival to the mainstage in this world premiere production. Equal parts comic book lore, coming-of-age love story and irrepressible tunes, audiences can expect the unexpected in this original rock musical. Ka-Pow!!
March 6 – 29, 2015
The master storytellers behind 2011’s hit The K of D, an urban legend return with this world premiere play about women behaving badly. In this pitch black comedy commissioned by Seattle Rep, Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as hard and polished as their nails. When Bette’s reputation takes a hit, they are faced with a choice—band together to save the agency or fend for themselves. Playwright Schellhardt has crafted a neo-feminist satire that begs the question: is there more than one way for women to do business?
February 6 – March 8, 2015
Sarah Ruhl, one of the most celebrated playwrights of her generation, paints a portrait of the remarkable 30-year friendship between two of the most honored American poets of the 20th century: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Using their actual letters with postmarks from across the country and around the world, Ruhl illustrates a relationship full of artistic admiration and warm camaraderie. Directed by Allison Narver (The Hound of the Baskervilles, Three Tall Women), this artfully woven story captures the beauty and power of language as two poets navigate the terrain of an ever-shifting world.
January 16 – February 8, 2015
From director Timothy Bond and the creative team that brought you Fences (2010) comes August Wilson’s second Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Berniece Charles is planning to bestow her family’s antique piano to her daughter, but her brother Boy Willie has other ideas. He wants to sell the heirloom for cash to buy the land their family once worked as slaves. In this intimate story, brother and sister struggle over how to claim their family’s legacy and when to free themselves of the past. Set in Depression-era Pittsburgh, The Piano Lesson is a perfect introduction to the late playwright’s Century Cycle, as well as a touching tale of family, history and survival.
December 5, 2014 – January 4, 2015
The minute you gain power, you start to lose it. In his second term of office, LBJ struggles to fight a war on poverty as the war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history. Commissioned by Seattle Rep, Robert Schenkkan’s The Great Society depicts the larger-than-life politician’s tragic fall from grace, as his accomplishments—the passage of hundreds of bills to enact reform in civil and voting rights, poverty, and education—are overshadowed by the bitter failure of the Vietnam War.
November 14, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Broadway hit. Accidental President. Brilliant politician. Flawed man. It’s 1963 and an assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan offers a vivid dramatization of LBJ’s tumultuous first year in office amid the struggle for civil rights.
October 3 – November 2, 2014
Following a sold-out off-Broadway run and an international tour to Australia, Seattle natives Jerick Hoffer (Jinkx Monsoon, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and Richard Andriessen (Major Scales) bring this bawdy, rowdy musical revue home. The impossible premise? “The Vaudevillians,” a fictional 1920s duo, were literally frozen in time while touring in Antarctica. Thawing out nearly a century later, they discover their original music has been co-opted throughout the years—and they’re not going to stand for it. Wigs will fly as the two perform hits from the likes of Janis Joplin and Gloria Gaynor in the style of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. It’s a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag.