ACT Managing Director Becky Witmer just knew it when she saw a reading of Keiko Green’s new play, Wad last year. This was something special. “Watching the workshop reading of Wad was the moment during the pandemic last summer that I realized this can work,” Becky says. “I couldn’t take my eyes off of Rachel and Avery on screen and I was engrossed in the story, almost like at a theatre – or watching [...]
The Latinas Playwright Roundtable was originally broadcast live on January 14. A recording is available for you to watch now, anytime. This conversation featured powerhouse artists Rose Cano (Resident Director, eSe Teatro), Marisela Treviño Orta (Shoe), Julieta Vitullo (Resident Dramaturg and Playwright, eSe Teatro) and Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth (Artistic Director, Parley) discussing playwriting, Latinx theatre, bringing work to the stage and much more. The Latinas Playwright Roundtable was presented by eSe Teatro in partnership with ACT.
Here in his own words, ACTLocal playwright Andrew Lee Creech tells us about his newest play, Last Drive to Dodge (which was recently workshopped at ACT). This play is part of a planned nine-play, multi-century-spanning cycle exploring the lives of Black Americans in pivotal moments of American history. He also talks about his inspiration, the writing process and what it's like to work in these COVID times. Don't miss Andrew in conversation with director Valerie Curtis-Newton Thursday, [...]
Christopher Bronke continues his conversation with Adam Stern. You might know Adam as the composer of ACT's A Christmas Carol score. The mild-mannered Stern is a versatile and active musician - principally a symphonic conductor. He is also an accomplished composer, pianist and published writer on music. He was the 1990 Grammy winner for "Classical Producer of the Year", an award garnered for a series of American symphonic music CDs with the Seattle Symphony [...]
Julieta Vitullo is a bilingual creator, filmmaker, author, playwright and much more. An Argentine native, she came to the United States on a Fulbright. Julieta received an MA in English and a PhD in Latin American literature from Rutgers. She taught for two decades and made the award-winning documentary The Exact Shape of the Islands. Get to know this talented artist in our interview and then be sure to tune in on January 14 [...]
For many Northwest theatergoers, A Christmas Carol has become a ritual not to be missed, even during this season in which live theatre has been suspended. ACT pivoted and produced Gregory Falls’ adaptation of the holiday classic as an audio play in the style of the radio plays of yore, complete with a full cast, Adam Stern’s music and sound effects. Kurt Beattie is no stranger to ACT audiences and to A Christmas Carol. His turn as [...]
Adam Stern’s music should be very familiar to A Christmas Carol audiences. The beloved score, composed in 1996, is one of Stern’s favorites - and his first for a play. Read on to discover more about Stern and the music of A Christmas Carol in part one of our profile.
Dear ACT Community, Dael Orlandersmith is one of America’s great storytellers. ACT has a long relationship with Dael going back to 1999 when she first performed on our stage in The Gimmick. Since then, audiences have seen her work in Monster (2001) and in her Pulitzer Prize nominated work Yellowman (2002). In 2018, ACT was joined by many theaters across the country in producing Until the Flood. This play, as described by director Neel Keller, [...]
Until the Flood The Virtual Stage Available to stream on demand beginning November 15 Free (donations gratefully accepted) Watch now on AllArts.org In Until the Flood, Pulitzer Prize finalist and celebrated performer Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical one-act experience that must be seen. The Chicago [...]
While the city is staying safe this holiday season, the beloved Seattle holiday tradition returns…We went back to the book, Charles Dickens' book that is, for our 2020 A Christmas Carol animated trailer.We pay homage to Dickens' first edition novella, released in 1843, and get in the wayback machine as Dickens' words (through Gregory A. Falls' adaptation) and John Leech's original drawings come to life in this whimsical trailer, featuring voice over by our Scrooge, [...]