2009-2010 Season Announcement

We're happy to announce the 2009-10 Seattle Rep season! The season consists of seven plays plus August: Osage County, presented in partnership with Seattle Theatre Group and Broadway Across America at The Paramount.

Here are the selections:

Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow, based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, based on the book by John Buchan, directed by Maria Aitken
September 25-October 18, 2009
In the Bagley Wright Theatre

Four actors play 150 characters in this thrilling adventure comedy—straight from Broadway—based on Alfred Hitchcock's classic film.

by Michael Hollinger
October 30-December 6, 2009
In the Leo K. Theatre

A passionate, music-filled glimpse into the break-up and make-up of a renowned string quartet.

by Bill Cain, directed by Bill Rauch
November 18-December 13, 2009
In the Bagley Wright Theatre

Seattle Rep and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival bring you this exciting new play—woven with threads of King Lear and Macbeth—direct from Ashland.

Speech and Debate
by Stephen Karam
January 15-February 21, 2010
In the Leo K. Theatre

A ragtag bunch of misfits starts an after-school Speech and Debate team to expose a possible scandal—and sparks more debate than their high school ever bargained for.

Glengarry Glen Ross
by David Mamet
February 5-28, 2010
In the Bagley Wright Theatre

A gripping comedy-drama about a group of tough-talking Chicago real estate agents who will do anything to win a high-stakes sales competition.

by August Wilson, directed by Timothy Bond
March 26-April 18, 2010
In the Bagley Wright Theatre

In 1950s Pittsburgh, a garbage collector who once dreamt of becoming a professional baseball player struggles to let his son pursue his own dreams of playing football.

An Iliad
created by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, directed by Lisa Peterson
April 9-May 16, 2010
In the Leo K. Theatre

Tony Award-winning actor Denis O’Hare (Take Me Out on Broadway) takes you on an unforgettable journey through The Iliad, one of history’s most famous and exciting tales.

August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts, directed by Anna D. Shapiro
October 27-November 1, 2009
Seattle Rep partners with Seattle Theatre Group and Broadway Across America for this special bonus show—part of your subscription, playing at The Paramount!

Call Me Crazy

From Kiki, Audience Development Intern

Last Friday night was the second time that I watched The Seafarer on our Bagley stage. You see, I had to watch it again because something had been bugging me from my first viewing. The character Richard just really reminded me of someone but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Then, during the second act it hit me:

Admit it, that's pretty dead on.

The Brogue

From Joanna, Communications Manager

The Irish accents in The Seafarer aren't your typical Irish brogue, and that might be confusing (it certainly baffled the Seattle Weekly's reviewer). Here's an excerpt from a conversation with the show's dialect coach, Deb Hecht, on why The Seafarer won't have you thinking, "Lucky Charms."

Seattle Rep: Are there special challenges in The Seafarer that make this project especially interesting for you?

Deb Hecht: Yes. It’s actually a more unusual Irish accent than I’ve ever done before, and that we’re used to hearing. I think that when we think of an Irish accent, we think of something that’s a little—oh, I don’t want to say “Lucky Charms”—but sounds that are actually more associated with the west coast of Ireland. Those sounds are very different from the city of Dublin, and The Seafarer is in a very particular neighborhood, Baldoyle, which is on the north side of Dublin. It has a slightly different sound. It’s not as tight as the city of Dublin is itself. It’s a challenge. Some of it is quite close to American speech in a lot of ways, but it’s just different enough. I was saying to one of the actors that I feel like I’m standing on one of those things that clowns stand on–those Rola-Bolas—because it feels neither fish nor fowl. It’s not American, but it’s not the Irish we’re used to doing. It’s more relaxed than Dublin, so finding this can be tricky.

Continue reading the interview here.

The Seafarer Set Built—In Time Lapse!


Ednotes - The Seafarer

From Drew, Arts Administration Intern

In a seedy backlot in Baldoyle, Ireland, Ed Boyd pitches Conor McPherson's The Seafarer, now playing in The Rep's Bagley Wright Theater through March 28.

Ednotes - Betrayal


From Drew Dahl, Arts Management Intern

Ed Boyd, Lead Telemarketer for the Seattle Rep pitches Betrayal, the new show on our Leo K. stage . . . backwards.