June 4 | 6:00 pm
Behind the Scenes Pre-Show Interview
Get closer to the artists through interviews with the creative minds behind the shows.
ACT’s Engagement Manager, Tracy Hyland, will interview Pass Over director Tim Bond.
June 6 | 6:00 pm
Red Carpet Opening Night
Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and be a part of the excitement on Opening Night!
June 9 (matinee and evening), 11, 16, 18 (evening,) 22, and 23 (matinee) – after the show
Dialogue – Facilitated conversations after the performance with members of the audience about the themes of the play.
Join Engagement Manager Tracy Hyland for a conversation about the play immediately following these performances. Dialogues will be co-facilitated by Langston Collin Wilkins of Humanities Washington (June 16 and 18,) Daemond Arrindell of HeArtWork Collective (June 9 (evening), June 11, June 22,) and Isiah Anderson Jr. of Seattle’s Citywide Performing Arts Program (June 9 (matinee) and 23).
Post-show dialogues are not ticketed and free for anyone to attend.
Langston Collin Wilkins, PhD is a Seattle-based folklorist, ethnomusicologist and writer. His research interests include hip hop culture, urban folklife and African American music. He received his PhD in Folklore & Ethnomusicology from Indiana University in 2016. He also holds a Masters degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University and a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Langston is currently the Director of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, a collaboration between Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission that seeks to document and preserve the traditional culture of Washington state
Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, playwright and teaching artist. He is a faculty member of TAT Lab: the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab; faculty member of Freehold Theatre – leading poetry and theater residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex for men for over ten years; Adjunct faculty at Seattle University; Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program and Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Whether facilitating groups of high school students, adult educators or incarcerated populations, Daemond’s objectives for participants remain the same: to think critically and creatively; to honor individual voices, especially those of the disenfranchised; to reflect on what makes us unique and celebrate it.
Isiah Anderson Jr. serves as the Parks Department Recreation Program Coordinator for Citywide Performing Arts. He was also the Teen Development Leader/Educator for the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute after-school Hearts and Minds program from 1990-2009. As Director of the Parks and Recreation Annual Teen Summer Musicals rehearsed out of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute since 1996, he has created original urban theatrical hits such as Grease “The Way We Do It” in 2004, The Soul of Beauty and the Beast in 2003, The Wiz “A Search for Brilliance” in 2017, and Peter Pan “My Brother’s Keeper” in 2016, just to name a few. He also directed Sadie’s Kitchen an original production, by local playwright La’Chris Jordan. In addition to directing, Isiah is also a member of B.U.I.L.D (Brothers United In Leadership Development) an actor and well-known national Comedian. He has appeared several times on Black Entertainment Television’s BET Comic View and has been a featured performer on Russell Simmons’s Def Jam Comedy Tour.
June 13 (evening) | 6:45 pm Before the Show
Deep Dive – A series of performances, lectures, or panel discussions that allow you to dig deeper into the themes of the play before the performance.
“From Exodus to Existence”
Join us for a deeper look at the play, PASS OVER.
ACT Theatre’s Literary Manager Samie Detzer will discuss Antoinette Nwandu’s layered masterpiece – a contemporary adaptation of the 20th century classic
WAITING FOR GODOT mashed up with the Exodus story from the Bible. Ms. Nwandu uses these elements to explore themes of African slavery and the
ongoing oppression of descendants of Africans in the United States. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about this electrifying new work.
This pre-show event is not ticketed and free for anyone to attend.
Samie Detzer is an interdisciplinary artist, a notorious fast talker, and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts. She currently serves as the Literary Manager at ACT Theatre, and the Artistic Director of Washington Ensemble Theatre; where she curates and produces Six Pack Series, ReSet, and the Gush Series. As an actor and a writer Samie has performed all over Seattle in a variety of venues and organizations. She is a proud (and vocal) advocate of #shoutyourabortion, previously speaking publicly on behalf of the organization for KPLU, The Washington Post and ABC’s Nightline.
(*Subject to change)