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About the 2020s
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.

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Choir Boy (2023)
For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical Black men. One talented student, Pharus Young, has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? This riveting show is an intersectional coming-of-age story and a powerful examination of personal identity against institutional traditions: here, being black and queer in a prestigious all-male prep school. From Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Academy Award®-winning writer of Moonlight, Choir Boy electrified Broadway with its soaring gospel, spiritual, and R&B performances.
About the Play
About the Production
Run Dates: 9/9/2022 - 10/23/2022
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Jamil Jude
Cast: Nicholas Japaul Bernard - Pharus Jonathan Young
Stephon Jamaal Dorsey - Understudy
Nehemiah Hooks - Understudy
Jesimiel Jenkins - Understudy
Bill Johns - Understudy
Tristan B. Johnson - Understudy
Donovan Mahannah - Junior Davis
Larry Paulsen - Mr. Pendleton
Arlando Smith - Headmaster Marrow
Brandon G. Stalling - David Heard
Kyle Ward - Anthony Justin "AJ" James
Jarron A. Williams - Bobby Marrow
Behind the Scenes: Erin Bednarz - Sound Designer
Bill Berry - Producing Artistic Director - 5th Avenue Theatre
Trevor Bowen - Costume Designer
Jada Cato - Musical Director
Tony Cisek - Scenic Designer
Kaja Dunn - Fight Director; Intimacy Choreographer
Bernadaine C. Griffin - Managing Director - 5th Avenue Theatre
Juel D. Lane - Choreographer
John Langs - Artistic Director
Sermona Mitchell - Associate Director
Anita Shah - Managing Director
Chip Sherman - ACT Core Company Liaison
Andrew Smith - Lighting Designer
Brandon G. Stalling - Fight Captain
Anna Vraney - Assistant Stage Manager
Kyle Ward - Vocal and Dance Captain
Jason Michael Webb - Vocal Arrangements
JR Welden - Swing Stage Manager
Erin B. Zatloka - Stage Manager
History of Theatre: About, By, For, and Near (2023)
Travel back in time – 200 years, to be precise – with your host, Sister Blacknall, and meet the Black theatre artists of America’s history, who have returned to ensure that this time, they will be remembered. Reginald André Jackson’s wildly original play challenges the stories we’ve been told about who makes theatre and who it is for; creating a spellbinding evening that is both illuminating and inspiring. History Of Theatre: About, By, For, and Near takes audiences on a journey from 1820 to the mid-1930s, through the lens of a contemporary artist making their way in our very own Seattle theatre scene. Witness the forgotten impact of The Rabbit’s Foot founder Pat Chapelle, who created the first all-Black touring vaudeville troupe in 1900, the boundary-breaking actors Ira Aldridge and Rose McClendon, as well as members of Seattle’s own Negro Repertory Company.
About the Play
About the Production
World Premiere
Run Dates: 1/28/2023 - 2/12/2023
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Valerie Curtis-Newton
Cast: Tracy Michelle Hughes
Reginald André Jackson
Be Russell
Arlando Smith
Amy Thone
Malcom J West
Dedra D. Woods
R. Hamilton Wright
Anne Allgood - Understudy
Nicholas Japaul Bernard - Understudy
Alexandria J. Henderson - Understudy
Behind the Scenes: Robert J. Aguilar - Lighting Designer
Donald Byrd - Movement
Amani Dorn - Dialect Coach
Ruth Eitemiller - Stage Manager
Larry D. Fowler - Sound Designer
Hazel Rose Gibson - Assistant Stage Manager
Martine Kei Green-Rogers - Dramaturg
Catherine Hunt - Costume Designer
John Langs - Artistic Director
L.B. Morse - Associate Lighting Designer
Noah Sarkowsky - Production Assistant
Anita Shah - Managing Director
Jennifer Zeyl - Scenic Designer
Every Brilliant Thing (2023)
The color yellow. Sunsets. Things with stripes. Wearing a cape. Ice cream! There are a million brilliant things. Can you name them all?

The hit play and international sensation Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe is a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience blending comedy, improv, and audience interaction to tell the story of an adult growing up in the shadow of mental illness and learning to grapple with their own experiences of love, loss, and a finding a new way forward, one brilliant thing at a time.
About the Play
About the Production
Run Dates: 3/17/2023 - 4/2/2023
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: John Langs
Cast: Ian Bell
Imogen Love - Understudy
Behind the Scenes: Jeffrey K. Hanson - Stage Manager
John Langs - Artistic Director
Lily McLeod - Lighting Designer
Danielle Nieves - Costume Designer
Maggie L. Rogers - Sound Designer
Anita Shah - Managing Director
Em Wittress - Stage Management Intern
Max Zamorano - Production Assistant
Parmida Ziaei - Scenic Designer
Wolf Play (2023)
When an online adoption process goes sideways, the young boy caught in the middle launches himself into a lone wolf’s journey to find a pack he can call his own. From South Korean playwright Hansol Jung, one of the most imaginative story tellers in the field, comes a wild new play employing puppetry, boxing, and crackling dialogue to tell the affecting story of trust, love, identity, and the families we choose and unchoose.
About the Play
Written By: Hansol Jung
About the Production
Run Dates: 5/5/2023 - 6/21/2023
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Rosa Joshi
Cast: Aaron Blakely - Peter
Xander DeAngeles - Ryan
S Franco - Ash
Koo Park - Understudy - Wolf
Darius Sakui - Understudy - Ryan
Morgan Gwilym Tso - Wolf
Ayodele Ngozi Tushinde - Understudy - Ash/Robin
Vahishta Vafadari - Robin
Behind the Scenes: Andrea Bush - Scenic Designer
Michelle Chesley - Production Assistant
John Langs - Artistic Director
Annett Mateo - Puppet Coach
Thorn Michaels - Assistant Lighting Designer
Dylan Tomas Nieves - Assistant Director
Meghan Roche - Sound Designer
Helen Roundhill - Intimacy Choreographer; Fight Choreographer
Anita Shah - Managing Director
Tori Thompson - Stage Manager
Christine Tschirgi - Costume Designer
Amanda Villalobos - Puppet Designer
Laura Wright - Boxing Coach
Connie Yun - Lighting Designer