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ACT and Trial and Error Productions present ACTLocal, a series of live conversations and fully-produced play readings shining a spotlight on local playwrights and the development of new, contemporary work.

What’s it like hang out with these playwrights? Fun, introspective, lively, spontaneous and informative. That’s the ACTLocal Playwright Series. Join us.

TIME CHANGE: This event will now take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Keiko Green and Kirsten Potter aren’t just founding members of ACT’s Core Company of resident actors. They’re playwrights, too. Meet these talented writer/performers in a one-on-one conversation that promises to be fun, introspective, lively, spontaneous and informative.

We caught up with both Keiko and Kirsten ahead of their discussion on Thursday night.

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Katie Forgette has spent most of her professional career as an actor. She’s also an outstanding playwright. Katie will give us the scoop on her new play, Vita Vista Village, a comedy that welcomes you into a break room in an upscale retirement home where everything goes wrong.

Katie’s husband R. Hamilton Wright is no stranger to the Seattle stage. He’s a Core Company member, playwright and director, too. Their last production together at ACT was Assisted Living, which Katie wrote and Bob directed.

The voice of Halo himself, Jeff Steitzer will moderate. Jeff is a voice and stage actor and director – he directed over 20 plays at ACT. He has a long history with us beginning in 1985 when he became resident director. Jeff became artistic director in 1988 for a six-year stint.

You can be assured of a terrific time full of insight and laughs. Don’t miss it. Thursday, September 10 at noon.

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Read an excerpt from Vital Vista Village

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He’s been called one of the most exciting playwrights in the country. Born in Egypt, raised in London and living in Seattle, award-winning playwright and ACT Core Company member Yussef El Guindi’s works focus on themes of the immigrant experience, cultural and political climates and current issues facing Arab-Americans. His works on the ACT stage include Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World (2011 – winner of the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012; and the 2011 Gregory Award), Ramayana (2012), Threesome (2015) and People of the Book (2019). The highly anticipated play Hotter than Egypt — part of the ACTLocal series — is next up for this talented writer, Stranger Genius Award winner and ACT Core Company member. Get your seat – it’s free

Hotter Than Egypt revolves around four characters: two American tourists and two Egyptian tour guides in Egypt. It explores a failing marriage, the uneven power dynamics between Western tourists and the locals showing them around; and the dreams triggered, and shared, when these four characters from different cultural backgrounds meet.

ACT artistic director John Langs catches up with Yussef for what promises to be a can’t-miss conversation.

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Read an Excerpt from Hotter Than Egypt
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October 15

We are pleased to welcome award-winning playwright Brendan Healy (Mangrove Park) and acclaimed local director Desdemona Chiang to the ACT virtual stage.

Brendan Healy’s plays have been produced in Chicago, Louisville, Miami, Minneapolis, Seattle, California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. His latest work, Mangrove Park is one of eight plays that will be workshopped as part of the ACTLocal series. He is a four time finalist and one time recipient of the Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville. His play Suffering, Inc. was listed by The Seattle Times as one of the most memorable theatre events of the last decade. Brendan is also co-Managing Partner of a small theatre ensemble based in Seattle, Pony World Theatre.

Desdemona Chiang is co-founder and co-artistic director of Azeotrope in Seattle. Her directing credits include ACT Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Studio Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre. She directs in a variety of genres, including Shakespeare, new plays and musicals.

Mangrove Park Synopsis

After Hurricane Maria destroyed her home and scattered her family, Maita fled to Florida. Now she lives in a trailer community named Mangrove Parkwith Will, her torpid yet volcanic boyfriend. Struggling to keep the seams of their daily lives from splitting wide open, they now face a new danger with warnings of another hurricane coming at them. They have no choice but to take shelter in their small trailer with Maita’s friend, Valerie, and Will’s father, Jude. If all four can survive the storm and being confined together, they’ll have to pick up the pieces of their homes, lives, and dreams.

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7 p.m.
October 29

Join Amontaine Aurore as she takes us inside her new work The Ever Expanding Moment in this conversation with special guest  moderator Ameenah Kaplan.

The Ever Expanding Moment Synopsis

Victor Lane has just died. If that realization hasn’t shocked him enough, the first person he meets on the Other Side is Jamahl King, the young Black man he shot and killed last year while on police duty. For his part, Jamahl has no clue as to how or why he’s suddenly in a room in the Afterlife with the cop that snuffed out his young life. It soon becomes clear that they are locked up together in a place with no discernible escape route. Then… the movie of their lives on earth begins to play.


7 p.m.
November 15

Take an in-depth look at Shoe by playwright Marisela Treviño Orta

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