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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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Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris (2015)
About the Play
Written By: Eric Blau - Production Conception; English Lyrics; Additional Material
Jacques Brel - Music
Mort Shuman - Production Conception; English Lyrics; Additional Material
On Broadway: IBDB Details
On the Screen: IMDB Details
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 3/7/2015 - 5/17/2015
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: David Armstrong
Cast: Eric Ankrim - Eric
Candice Donehoo - Understudy
Louis Hobson - Louis
Cayman Ilika - Cayman
Kendra Kassebaum - Kendra
Matt Owen - Matt
Timothy McCuen Piggee - Timothy
Greg Stone - Understudy
Music: Dwight Beckmeyer - Conductor; Piano
Greg Fulton - Guitar
Chris Monroe - Percussion
Dave Pascal - Bass
Behind the Scenes: Dane Andersen - Music Coordinator
David Armstrong - Artistic Director - The 5th Avenue Theatre; Musical Staging; Executive Producer - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Harmony Arnold - Costume Designer
Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director - ACT Theatre
Dwight Beckmeyer - Associate Music Director
Bill Berry - Producing Artistic Director - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Ian Eisendrath - Resident Music Supevisor
Joel Fram - Music Supervision
Bernadine C. Griffin - Managing Director - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Jeffrey K. Hanson - Stage Manager
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Associate Sound Designer
Adrienne Mendoza - Production Assistant
Tristan Roberson - Associate Projection Designer; Assistant Lighting Designer
Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director - ACT Theatre
Tom Sturge - Scenic Designer; Lighting Designer
Chris Walker - Sound Designer
Chryssie Whitehead - Associate Director; Choreographer
Erin B. Zatloka - Assistant Stage Manager
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2015)
In ACT's first season, Seattle audiences got to see Tennessee Williams' CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF performed by the city's first summer stock company. Now, 50 years later, the play is a mainstay in the theatre canon, produced regularly around the world and with Broadway revivals occurring nearly every decade. The return of Big Daddy, Brick, and Maggie shows how ahead of its time this Pulitzer-winning play (performed on Broadway in 1955) was in grappling with familial expectations, deception, and sexual desire. Kurt Beattie directs this stormy and steamy American classic. Cast features Laura Griffith as Maggie the Cat and Brandon O'Neill as Brick.
About the Play
Written By: Tennessee Williams
On Broadway: IBDB Details
On the Screen: IMDB Details
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 4/17/2015 - 5/17/2015
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Kurt Beattie
Cast: John Aylward - Big Daddy
Kyle Ballard - Buster
Kai Borsch - Sonny
Annika Carlson - Dixie
Laura Griffith - Maggie
Frank Lawler - Reverend Tooker
Charles Leggett - Gooper
Nina Makino - Trixie
Brandon O'Neill - Brick
Marianne Owen - Big Mama
Larry Paulsen - Doc Baugh
Morgan Rowe - Mae
Behind the Scenes: Geoffrey Alm - Fight Coach
Paul Arnold - Assistant Lighting Designer
Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Melanie Taylor Burgess - Costume Designer
Dominic CodyKramers - Sound Designer
Mary Louise Geiger - Lighting Designer
Alyssa Keene - Dialect Coach
Michael B. Paul - Assistant Stage Manager
Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
Victoria Thompson - Production Assistant; Child Supervisor
JR Welden - Stage Manager
Carey Wong - Scenic Designer
Threesome (2015)
Award-winning local playwright Yussef El Guindi (PILGRIMS MUSA AND SHERI IN THE NEW WORLD; RAMAYANA) returns to ACT with a new play that weaves issues ripped from world headlines into an intimate and personal story. Co-Produced by Portland Center Stage and ACT, this production is directed by Chris Coleman and will soon premiere Off-Broadway.

Leila and Rashid, Egyptian Americans with ties to Cairo, attempt to solve their relationship issues by inviting a relative stranger into their bedroom to engage in a threesome. What begins as a hilariously awkward evening soon becomes an experience fraught with secrets, raising issues of sexism, cultural identity, possession, and independence.

Off-Broadway’s acclaimed 59E59 Theater has just announced that this production will travel to Manhattan with the same cast to perform Threesome for New York City audiences. El Guindi was also the 2013 winner of the Steinberg/ACTA Award – the nation’s largest new play award for his play Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World which premiered here at ACT and was developed at the Icicle Creek New Play Festival.
About the Play
Written By: Yussef El Guindi
About the Production
World Premiere
Run Dates: 6/5/2015 - 5/28/2015
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Chris Coleman
Cast: Alia Attallah - Leila
Quinn Franzen - Doug
Karan Oberoi - Rashid
Behind the Scenes: Ruth Eitemiller - Production Assistant
Alison Heryer - Costume Designer
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Associate Sound Designer
Peter Maradudin - Lighting Designer
Casi Pacilio - Sound Designer
JR Welden - Stage Manager
Hold These Truths (2015)
Ryun Yu plays University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayahsi, who defied the government's 1942 Executive Order to intern all people of Japanese descent in the Western United States and spent the rest of his life trying to reconcile his loyalty to America with its betrayal of his ancestry.
About the Play
Written By: Jeanne Sakata
About the Production
Run Dates: 7/17/2015 - 8/16/2015
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Jessica Kubzansky
Cast: Ryun Yu - Gordon Hirabayahsi
Behind the Scenes: Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Michael B. Paul - Stage Manager
Victoria Thompson - Production Assistant
John Zalewski - Original Sound Design
Ben Zamora - Scenic Design; Lighting Design
Bloomsday (2015)
Can an old love be rekindled, a time in life reclaimed, a new course set?
About the Play
Written By: Steven Dietz
About the Production
World Premiere
Run Dates: 9/11/2015 - 10/11/2015
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Kurt Beattie
Cast: Sydney Andrews - Caithleen
Eric Ankrim - Robbie
Peter Crook - Robert
Marianne Owen - Cait
Behind the Scenes: Geoffrey Alm - Fight Coach
Marcella Barbeau - Assistant Lighting Designer
Robert Dahlstrom - Scenic Designer
Ruth Eitemiller - Production Assistant
Catherine Hunt - Costume Designer
Alyssa Keene - Dialect Coach
Duane Schuler - Lighting Designer
Chris Walker - Sound Designer
JR Welden - Stage Manager
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (2015)
About the Play
Written By: Anne Washburn
Michael Friedman - Score
Anne Washburn - Lyrics
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 10/16/2015 - 11/15/2015
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: John Langs
Cast: Anne Allgood - Jenny; Marge
Christine Marie Brown - Maria; Lisa
Andrew Lee Creech - Sam; Scratchy
Erik Gratton - Matt; Homer
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako - Colleen; Itchy
Bhama Roget - Quincy; Bart
Adam Standley - Gibson; Mr. Burns
Robertson Witmer - Musician; Actor
Behind the Scenes: Marcella Barbeau - Assistant Lighting Designer
Dominic CodyKramers - Sound Designer
Wiley Basho Gom - Kenan Directing Fellow
Jeffrey K. Hanson - Stage Manager
David Hartig - Production Assistant
Frank Honts - Dramaturg
Casey James - Music Director
Geoff Korf - Lighting Designer
Robert MacDougall - Fight Coach
Crystal Dawn Munkers - Choreographer
Emily Penick - Associate Director
Matthew Smucker - Scenic Designer
Deb Trout - Costume Designer
Connor Zaft - Directing Intern; Dramaturg Intern