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About the 2010s
ACT continues to grow and change, increasing and strengthening its presence as a home for bold, provocative voices in theatre, and challenging audiences with works both old and new. In 2015, ACT celebrated its 50th anniversary and its 40th year of A Christmas Carol.


productions
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Assisted Living (2013)
Joe Taylor, a retired actor, moves into a prison-turned-elder-care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare and discovers a community of loveable, irascible inmates hell-bent on bucking the dehumanizing system in which they have landed. Together, this band of aging misfits rediscovers purpose and dignity in the face of a system mightily stacked against them. A delightful, world premiere comedy with bite from Seattle native Katie Forgette, that dares to confront the issue of aging in America.
About the Play
Written By: Katie Forgette
About the Production
World Premiere
Run Dates: 4/19/2013 - 5/12/2013
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: R. Hamilton Wright
Cast: Kurt Beattie - Joe Taylor
Julie Briskman - Nurse Claudia
Tim Gouran - Kevin
Laura Kenny - Mitzi Kramer
Marianne Owen - Beatrice 'Judy' Hart
Jeff Steitzer - Wally Carmichael
Behind the Scenes: Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Martin Christoffel - Scenic Designer
Melissa Y. Hamasaki - Assistant Stage Manager
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Catherine Hunt - Costume Designer
Rick Paulsen - Lighting Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
Verhanika Wood - Production Assistant
Erin B. Zatloka - Stage Manager
Grey Gardens (2013)
Little Edie is a dazzling socialite on a downward spiral into a life of illusions and hoarded junk. Just exactly how did Jackie Kennedy’s cousin end up living in a decaying 42-room mansion full of cats? First captured in a cult-hit documentary, this true-story-turned-musical will take you on an unforgettable journey. Set in the East Hampton mansion of the Beale family, Grey Gardens, and based on the cult-hit documentary of the same name, this award-winning intimate musical follows the spectacular decline and fall of Edith Bouvier Beale, a relative of Jacqueline Kennedy, and her daughter “Little Edie” from a glamorous life of cocktails and house parties to a penniless existence of bizarre co-dependency in the shambles of their once-splendid home.
About the Play
Written By: Scott Frankel - Music
Michael Korie - Lyrics
Doug Wright - Book
On Broadway: IBDB Details
On the Screen: IMDB Details
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 5/1/2013 - 5/1/2013
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Kurt Beattie
Cast: Mark Anders - George Gould Strong
Patti Cohenour - Edith Bouvier Beale; 'Little' Edie Beale
Mae Corley - understudy Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier
Allen Fitzpatrick - J.V. 'Major' Bouvier; Norman Vincent Peale
Montserrat Fleck - Lee Bouvier
Analiese Emerson Guettinger - Jacqueline 'Jackie' Bouvier
Ekello J. Harrid, Jr. - Brooks, Sr; Brooks, Jr
Suzy Hunt - Edith Bouvier Beale
Matt Owen - Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr; Jerry
Jessica Skerritt - 'Little' Edie Beale
Music: Dane Anderson - Woodwinds
Chris DiStefano - Piano
Virginia Dziekonski - Cello
Chris Monroe - Percussion
Emily Schaefer - Cello
Behind the Scenes: Lisa Armstrong - Production Assistant
Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Chris DiStefano - Music Director; Conductor
Mary Louise Geiger - Lighting Designer
Bernadine C. Griffin - Managing Director - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Melissa Y. Hamasaki - Assistant Stage Manager
Jeffrey K. Hanson - Stage Manager
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Catherine Hunt - Costume Designer
Alyssa Keene - Dialect Coach
Pauls Macs - Assistant to the Director
Trina Mills - Assistant Choreographer
Doug Peck - Orchestrations; Music Preparation
Noah Racey - Musical Staging
Chris Ranney - Assistant Music Director; Music Librarian
Peter Remine - Assistant Sound Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
Dante Olivia Smith - Assistant Lighting Designer
Matthew Smucker - Set Designer
JR Welden - Assistant Stage Manager
Other Desert Cities (2013)
The public and private mythology of an iconic Republican family is challenged when their "black sheep" liberal daughter announces that she's planning the publication of a memoir dredging up a pivotal emotional crisis in their shared past. Playwright Jon Robin Baitz, author of The Substance of Fire and creator of the hit series Brothers and Sisters, compellingly examines the many faces of truth and the tangled ties that bind in this incendiary Tony Award-nominated drama.
About the Play
Written By: Jon Robin Baitz
On Broadway: IBDB Details
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 5/31/2013 - 6/30/2013
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Victor Pappas
Cast: Aaron Blakely - Trip Wyeth
Marya Sea Kaminski - Brooke Wyeth
Lori Larsen - Silda Grauman
Pamela Reed - Polly Wyeth
Kevin Tighe - Lyman Wyeth
Behind the Scenes: Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Alex Berry - Lighting Designer
Robert A. Dahlstrom - Scenic Designer
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Frances Kenny - Costume Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
JR Welden - Stage Manager
Rapture, Blister, Burn (2013)
When Catherine, a 40-something, single, and highly successful academic returns to her hometown to take care of her ailing mother, she reconnects with her college roommate and best friend, Gwen, now a stay-at-home mother and housewife married to Catherine's old flame. Both women, coveting each other's choices, attempt to find the happiness and fulfillment they lack by travelling a very bumpy road not taken, with surprising and hilarious results. This fast-paced, witty comedy by Gina Gionfriddo explores the continuing fallout and evolution of the feminist movement.
About the Play
Written By: Gina Gionfriddo
About the Production
Run Dates: 7/12/2013 - 8/11/2013
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Anita Mongomery
Cast: Jeffrey Fracé - Don Harper
Priscilla Lauris - Alice Croll
Mariel Neto - Avery Willard
Kirsten Potter - Catherine Croll
Kathryn van Meter - Gwen Harper
Behind the Scenes: Evan Christian Anderson - Assistant Lighting Designer
Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
L.B. Morse - Lighting Designer
Kate Jordan Rivera - Production Assistant
Pete Rush - Costume Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
Matthew Smucker - Scenic Designer
Erin B. Zatloka - Stage Manager
Middletown (2013)
In his whimsical, contemporary spin on Thornton Wilder’s classic comedy drama, Our Town, Will Eno brings neighbor and stranger together, mining the metaphysical and the mundane in the everyday lives of the citizens of Middletown, aka everytown USA. At the heart of this sweet, disturbing, and immensely moving journey beats the tender, tenacious human struggle for connection and meaning in this mystery we call life.
About the Play
Written By: Will Eno
About the Production
Run Dates: 8/30/2013 - 9/29/2013
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: John Langs
Cast: Aaron Blakely - Astronaut; Landscaper
Renata Friedman - Tour Guide; Sweetheart
Sarah Harlett - Female Tourist; Attendant
Sarina Hart - Female Doctor; Woman
Matthew Floyd Miller - Cop
Marianne Owen - Librarian; Aunt
Eric Riedman - John Dodge
Ray Tagavilla - Mechanic
Alexandra Tavares - Mary Swanson
R. Hamilton Wright - Public Speaker; Male Doctor; Freelancer; Ground Control
Behind the Scenes: Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Rose Pederson - Costume Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
JR Welden - Stage Manager
Verhanika Willhelm - Production Assistant
Ben Zamora - Lighting Designer
Jennifer Zeyl - Scenic Designer
Sugar Daddies (2013)
ACT welcomes the great Sir Alan Ayckbourn to direct this American premiere of his 2003 “comedy of dark intentions,” about a naïve young student who rescues an old man dressed as Father Christmas from a hit-and-run driver and brings him back to the London flat she shares with her sister. As he showers her with gifts in a manner beyond polite gratitude and she accepts them in a way that begins to alter her personality, they embark on a dangerously Faustian game of mutual fantasy. They play roles in which no act can be taken at face value, no one is quite who they seem, and no good deed goes entirely unpunished.
About the Play
Written By: Alan Ayckbourn
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 10/4/2013 - 11/3/2013
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Alan Ayckbourn
Cast: Anne Allgood - Charmaine
Emily Chisholm - Sasha
Seán G. Griffin - Val
Elinor Gunn - Chloe
John Patrick Lowrie - Ashley
Behind the Scenes: Geoffrey Alm - Fight Director
Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Kent Cubbage - Assistant Lighting Designer
Ruth Eitemiller - Production Assistant
Gin Hammond - Dialect Coach
Jeffrey K. Hanson - Stage Manager
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Rick Paulsen - Lighting Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
Matthew Smucker - Scenic Designer
Deb Trout - Costume Designer