Photo (C) Silent Sky Courtesy of Taproot
Playwright Lauren Gunderson has made much of her career about creating plays featuring women scientists most of us have, unfortunately, never heard of! Taproot Theatre is mounting Silent Sky, following local companies that have produced Gunderson, including ArtsWest and Seattle Rep. Stephen Adly Guigis is getting two productions this month (from two different companies)! Seattle can be odd that way…
Disgraced, Seattle Repertory Theatre (by Ayad Akhtar), 1/8-31/16
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.
Titus Andronicus, Seattle Shakespeare Company, 1/12/16-2/7/16
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. Seattle Shakes has never done this play until now!
The Motherfucker with the Hat, Washington Ensemble Theatre with The Hansberry Project and eSe Teatro, 1/15/16-2/1/16
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!
Hana’s Suitcase, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 1/21/16-2/7/16
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.
Constellations, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1/22/16-2/21/16
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.
In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Theater Schmeater, 1/22/16-2/13/16
(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.
Silent Sky, Taproot, 1/27/16-2/27/16
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.
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.