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Vol. 19, No. 34 Week of August 24, 2014
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AK-WA Connection 2014: Seattle offers premiere arts season

City’s theaters, ballet promise diverse lineup, from powerful world premieres to time-honored classics and joyous musicals

Rose Ragsdale

Alaska-Washington Connection

For its 2014-15 season, Seattle’s performing arts community promises a cornucopia of exciting, thoughtful and hilarious fare.

Seattle Repertory Theatre is presenting an outstanding lineup of both classical and contemporary productions, featuring the first-ever presentation of Seattle writer Robert Schenkkan’s striking meditation on power and morality in his two-part Lyndon B. Johnson plays, “All the Way” and “The Great Society,” in repertory format.

“Producing ‘All the Way’ and ‘The Great Society’ is a colossal undertaking for our theatre: two original plays, 18 actors, and the opportunity for city-wide community engagement. It will be the largest artistic project of our 51-year history,” said Artistic Director Jerry Manning. “We look forward to giving our patrons an once-in-a-lifetime theatre-going experience.”

The new season also boasts three world premieres, a new production of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson,” and a redefined design concept for the Leo K. Theatre season. The season runs from October 2014 through May 2015, and subscriptions are available now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at 206-443-2222 as well as online at www.seattlerep.org. Single tickets went on sale Aug. 19.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2014–15 season is a celebration of great choreographers featuring PNB’s renowned live orchestra, stunning production design, and incomparable dancing. Performances will include George Balanchine’s “Jewels,” Sept. 26-Oct. 5; after 31 years, the final season of PNB’s beloved “Nutcracker,” choreographed by Kent Stowell, Nov. 28-Dec. 28; Alexei Ratmansky’s “Don Quixote,” Jan. 30-Feb. 8, 2015; five performances only of Bruce Wells’ “Snow White,” March 15-22; William Forsythe’s “The Vertiginous Thrill Of Forsythe,” March 13-22; Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake, April 10-19; and Kent Stowell’s “Carmina Burana,” May 29-June 7.

Contemporary excitement ACT - A Contemporary Theatre is featuring the “Endangered Species Project,” Aug. 4-Dec. 1, a presentation of the great plays you seldom see on the stage! Seattle theatre artists give voice to the characters that sit silent on your bookshelves. Directors include Mark Anders, John Dillon, Allen Galli, Leslie Law, Larry Paulsen, Jeff Steitzer, and Richard Ziman. All events take place at 7 p.m. in ACT’s Bullitt Cabaret. See more at: http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/EndangeredSpeciesProject#About

Lighter fare

Looking for a great musical? Check out the lineup at the historic 5th Avenue Theatre! The 2014-15 season opens with the award-winning, “A Chorus Line,” Sept. 3-28. Next up is the joyous “Kinky Boots,” featuring a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, Oct. 7-26; and for the holiday season, “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” Nov. 25-Dec. 31. In the New Year, the 5th will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” Feb. 5-March 1. With spring comes “Jacques Brel,” a co-production with and performed at ACT Theatre, April 21-May 10, 2014. The 5th also will present from the director of “The Book of Mormon” the world premiere of “Something Rotten!” April 29-May 24; and “Grease,” July 9-Aug 2.



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