Annually, we offer commissions to artists from the Pacific Northwest, nationally, and internationally to create groundbreaking work that is not only experienced in Seattle but throughout the country. Seattle Repertory Theatre has an extremely successful commission-to-production rate since 2009. Learn more about the commissioned work that has appeared on our stages and the subsequent lives of these exciting projects.
The Comparables by Laura Schellhardt
Seattle Rep World Premiere, March 6-29, 2015
In this pitch black comedy, Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as hard and polished as their nails. When Bette’s reputation takes a hit, they are faced with a choice – band together to save the agency or fend for themselves.
The Great Society by Robert Schenkkan
Seattle Rep World Premiere, December 5, 2014-January 4, 2015
The minute you gain power, you start to lose it. Robert Schenkkan’s second installation of the LBJ plays depicts the larger-than-life politician’s tragic fall from grace, as his legislative war on poverty is overshadowed by the escalation of the Vietnam War.
Lizard Boy by Justin Huertas
Commission renewed 2013
Seattle Rep World Premiere March 27-April 26, 2015
From the ashes of Mount St. Helens emerged a monster with mysterious powers—powers that changed one boy’s life forever. Superhero or freak? Not even he was sure until one fated night of adventure, music and love on the streets of Seattle. Expect the unexpected in this original rock musical.
A Great Wilderness by Samuel D. Hunter
Seattle Rep World Premiere, January 17 – February 16, 2014
Walt has devoted his life to counseling teenage boys out of their homosexuality at his remote Idaho wilderness camp. Pressured to accept one last client, his carefully constructed life begins to unravel with the arrival of Daniel.
Adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles
adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright
Seattle Rep World Premiere, November 15 – December 15, 2013
A classic Victorian whodunit about an attempted murder tied to the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound. Expect suspense and laughs alike in this witty adaptation of a popular Sherlock Holmes tale.
Pullman Porter Blues by Cheryl L. West
Seattle Rep World Premiere, September 27 – October 28, 2012
Subsequent productions: Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre
A captivating coming of age story – woven with live blues music – that follows three generations of porters as they confront dark secrets from their past and tough truths about their future together.