by Miryam Gordon -
SGN A&E Writer
January brings excitement with the first ever production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus by Seattle Shakespeare Company. (You probably thought they'd already done every one of his plays.) Seattle Repertory brings the regional premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. And there's lots more to choose from in the list below!
Where the Wild Things Are, Seattle Children's Theatre, 1/7-2/21
Sail along with Max to the land of the Wild Things. This production from Vancouver's Presentation House Theatre is an intimate 'guided play' experience for ages 3 to 7. The audience helps transform Max's bedroom into landscapes of his adventures and then becomes Wild Things.
Disgraced, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1/8-31
Successful Pakistani-American-New York lawyer, Amir, enjoys a comfortable life with his American wife. 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.
Prelude to a Kiss, ReAct, 1/8-31 (at West of Lenin)
A whirlwind romance. A storybook wedding. A kiss for the bride that suddenly changes everything. Don't miss this charming modern American classic. You never know where one little kiss will take you!
King Kirby, Ghostlight Theatricals, 1/8-23
Jack Kirby helped create some of the most iconic comic book characters in the world, including Captain America and the Fantastic Four. This heartbreaking and hilarious story of 'The King of Comics' is a must see for fans of American history and comic books alike.
14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival, ACT Theatre, January 8-9 and 15-16
Seven writers write, seven directors direct, bunches of actors act, and each night of the festival opens and closes seven new short plays.
Titus Andronicus, Seattle Shakespeare Company, 1/12-2/7
General Andronicus returns victorious from battle with the prisoners Queen Tamora, her lover, and her sons. Despite Tamora's pleadings, Titus hands over her eldest son for sacrifice and sets in motion a cycle of violence that races to a vicious conclusion.
Proof, Edmonds Driftwood Players, 1/14-24
Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. A mysterious notebook draws Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness - or genius - did she inherit?
The Motherfucker with the Hat, Washington Ensemble Theatre with The Hansberry Project and eSe Teatro, 1/15-2/1
Jackie, fresh out of jail and struggling with addiction, and desperately trying to stay sober, takes a harrowing detour when he finds a hat that does not belong to him. What ensues is a high octane, verbal cage match for the discovery of truth in a world of drugs, sex, and passion. One of two Stephen Adly Guigis plays performing this month!
Crimes of the Heart, Village Theatre, Issaquah: 1/21-2/28, Everett: 3/4-27
In a small town in 1974, three sisters have a very bad day. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the story was later adapted into a film starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek.
Hana's Suitcase, Seattle Children's Theatre, 1/21-2/7
A true story is told about a child's suitcase arriving from Auschwitz at the tiny Holocaust Education Centre in Tokyo in 2000. Painted on the side are a name, Hana Brady, 1931, and the word 'Waisenkind' (orphan). Spurred on by the children at the Centre, the curator Fumiko Ishioka, embarks on a relentless search from Tokyo to Prague to Toronto to uncover the story of Hana and her fate.
The Birds, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, 1/21-2/20
Based on Daphne du Maurier's short story, The Birds (1952), which inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film of the same title, Conor McPherson's new play is set in an isolated lakeside house. Nat and Diane have taken refuge in the abandoned dwelling, seeking sanctuary from the winged beasts that have been killing all around them. Soon, fear of the outside world breeds paranoia of internal relations, and the arrival of young Julia complicates.
Really Really, ArtsWest, 1/21-2/14
At an elite university, when the party of the year results in the regret of a lifetime, one person will stop at nothing to salvage a future that is suddenly slipping away. In this comic tragedy about 'Generation Me,' it's every man for himself.
Constellations, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1/22-2/21
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.
Waiting for Lefty, Theatre9/12, 1/22-2/13
Clifford Odets' classic play, set in the Great Depression, centers around the 1934 Taxi Strike in New York City. Consisting of a series of related vignettes, the entire play is framed by the meeting of cab drivers who are planning a labor strike. The framing uses the audience as part of the meeting.
In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, Theater Schmeater, 1/22-2/13
(Play #2 by Stephen Adly Guigis.) This is a comedy-drama about a group of people circling around a New York Bar in Giuliani's New York of the 1990s. Despite difficult circumstances, these unlikely outcasts still cling hard to the mystery of the hope of the American Dream.
Love Song, KTO Productions, 1/22/16-2/13 (at INScape)
Has a fork ever lied to you? Has a sweater ever told you that you were visible? Beane spends most of his time alone in an apartment that is trying to kill him. His only social interactions are with his protective sister Joan and her understanding husband Harry. In walks Molly, a fearsome burglar, bringing him alive for the first time in his life.
The Last Five Years, SecondStory Repertory, 1/22-2/14
Kody Bringman and Becca Orts star in a two-person show that navigates the ins and outs - the ups and downs - of a marriage. This is the story of a couple's five-year relationship, with a twist: The man relives the relationship from beginning to end, while the woman relates their story in reverse.
Seattle Vice, Marxiano Productions, 1/22-31 (at The Triple Door)
Inspired by the book Seattle Vice by Rick Anderson, this cabaret musical set in 1965 combines dancing, comedy, and original music created by Mark Siano and Opal Peachey. A lively, historical peep-show, this immersive experience takes the audience underground into one of Frank Colacurcio's notorious night clubs.
Silent Sky, Taproot, 1/27-2/27
Several plays by Lauren Gunderson have been performed here in past years, often histories of real, but little known women of science. Here, at the dawn of modern astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt has dreams as big as the starlit sky, but women can't touch the telescope at Harvard Observatory. With irrepressible brilliance, Henrietta pushes earthly boundaries to discover a universe larger than even she imagined, changing the way science views space forever.
How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, 5th Ave Theatre, 1/28-2/21
Eric Ankrim stars as J. Pierpont Finch in this musical satire of Big Business. From the corporate offices and the typing pools of the 1960s - think Mad Men - to the modern cubicle wars of today, this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Frank Loesser is office intrigue at its funniest, complete with some slinky choreography!
Amadeus, Seattle Public Theater, 1/29-2/21
In 18th-century Vienna, Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is, until a young prodigy by the name of Mozart comes on the scene. Reeling from the realization of his own mediocrity in the face of true genius, Salieri swears vengeance on Mozart.
The Twelfth Story, Annex, 1/29-2/20
A new play focuses on Athena, a researcher struggling through academic disgrace in the post-post-apocalypse. Athena unearths findings of an ancient tribe of botanists with extraordinary methods to make plants grow. She connects with these survivors through space and time, and must try to find a way to bring their stories back to life in the present day.
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