Public Works Seattle- Inaugural Performance
Theatre of, by, and for the people.
Public Works Seattle is a new initiative by Seattle Rep that opens wide the doors of our theatre and brings the full geographic, racial, and economic scope of our city and region directly onto our stage. Working deeply with community-based organizations, Public Works Seattle invites a stunning diversity of people to participate in workshops and classes, attend performances, and join in the creation of an ambitious work of participatory theatre: a large-scale, pageant-style musical production on our main stage. The 2017/18 Public Works Seattle inaugural production will feature the beloved musical adaptation of Homer’s epic tale, The Odyssey.
PAST SPECIAL PROJECTS
Here Lies Love
In spring 2017, Seattle Repertory Theatre mounted David Byrne’s Here Lies Love, an award-winning experiential musical extravaganza that tells the story of the People Power Revolution, which inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. To tell this story, the Rep transformed the Bagley Wright Theatre into a dance club where audiences were immersed in the world of the play, standing (and dancing) among the actors. This transformation required us to remove some main-floor seating and construct a massive, temporary superstructure to hold a dance floor, new seating galleries, raised platforms for the performers, and multi-media equipment. Here Lies Love reimagined what theatre is and what it can be, intentionally pushing the boundaries of the theatre-going experience as we know it.
Come From Away
In 2015, Seattle Rep partnered with La Jolla Playhouse to premiere the now-beloved Come From Away on the Bagley Wright stage. An invigorating and powerful musical that was inspired by a true story, Come From Away was about 38 planes that were diverted to a small town in Newfoundland on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. Seattle Rep patrons came in droves to see this remarkable production, and in the early spring of 2017, Come From Away opened on Broadway to huge acclaim. Now winners of Tony, Drama Desk, and Dora Awards, this production continues to inspire people around the world with its spirit of unity in the face of terrible adversity.
Seattle Rep seized upon the opportunity to partner with Oregon Shakespeare Festival to produce All the Way and The Great Society, which told the story of President Lyndon B. Johnson, written by Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan. With a cast of 18 actors portraying historical figures like MLK, RFK, Robert McNamara, J. Edgar Hoover, the LBJ plays were an extraordinary depiction of a turbulent and significant period in our country’s history. A project of this scope was unprecedented for Seattle Rep in its artistic size: 18 actors, two original plays, running for a seven week period (a portion of which were in rolling rep).