Seattle Rep is celebrating its 50th anniversary next season (September 2012-May 2013), and the theater has booked a trio of plays to represent a half-century of producing timeless classics, new works and big hits. It will be very interesting to see how they tackle the puppet master magic that made War Horse such a hit on London's West End.
Here's the lineup of shows as described in today's press release:
Pullman Porter Blues
In 2008, Seattle Rep commissioned playwright Cheryl L. West (Holiday Heart, Play On!) to write Pullman Porter Blues. Since re-energizing the New Play Program, this is the first Seattle Rep commission to premiere on the main stage. Set in 1937 on the Panama Limited train out of Chicago, Pullman Porter Blues centers on three generations of porters working the sleeping cars the night of the famous Joe Louis/James Braddock boxing match. The play is woven with live blues music.
The Glass Menagerie
The theatre had originally announced this beautiful Tennessee Williams classic as part of the current season, but decided to postpone it in order to feature the play in the 50th Anniversary celebration. It will get an imaginative, intimate new staging in the Leo K. Theatre.
Seattle Rep will partner with Seattle Theatre Group to bring Seattle audiences this magical, touching Tony award-winning masterpiece as part of Seattle Rep’s subscription series. The Broadway hit will be mounted at the Paramount Theatre.
Seattle Rep will also continue work with its New Play Program, which will include readings and workshops with local and national playwrights throughout the season.
Patrons will be able to purchase subscriptions starting March 31, 2012; single tickets go on sale in August. Packages range from $141-$472. Tickets can be ordered online (www.seattlerep.org), by phone (206-443-2222), or in person at the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office.