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UW School of Drama 2020-2021 Season:
The Now and the Here

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The University of Washington School of Drama is excited to share our 2020-2021 public season, The Now and the Here.  

This season, our 80th, will be unlike any in the history of our school. The COVID-19 pandemic has darkened theatres around the globe and raised big questions about the nature and future of our artform. Simultaneously, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) theatre practitioners and audiences have demanded that theatres and theatre training institutions—including the School of Drama—reckon with our role in perpetuating racism within our field, and work swiftly and purposefully to dismantle systems of oppression that have long harmed our BIPOC colleagues and students. We join our colleagues in the conviction that, from this time of disruption, a better theatre, a better school—a better world—can emerge.

Amidst all of this, the school’s mission to prepare exceptional theatre artists and scholars remains unchanged. This moment has deepened—but not fundamentally changed—the questions we ask ourselves as theatre educators. What will the world look like when our students complete their studies? What will it mean to be poised to lead in this new world? And how can we—as an institution—meet the challenges of this moment with those same qualities we try to cultivate in our students: courage, character, and craft?

Our answer is the season you’re about to discover, a season that is flexible enough to stretch into new modes of making and sharing theatrical work—indeed, of thinking about what theatre is—and malleable enough to respond to whatever the conditions of the world around us may be at any given moment in time. It’s a season that embraces the moment we are in, wherever we may be experiencing it: the now and the here.

This is not the kind of season you are used to seeing from us. Some projects are more settled, while others are still conceptualizing. In fact, every project we are sharing today—as well as the dates of productions—might change. And while we hope to be able to return to our theatres by this spring, we recognize that there is no guarantee of that. This is why we will not be selling traditional subscription packages this year. Instead, we are asking our patrons to join us as All-Access Members. Members will get online access to every show in our public season. In the event that we are able to welcome audiences into our theatres in the spring, our All-Access Members will get the first invitations to join us there.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a colossal financial impact on our sector, and the School of Drama is not immune from that impact. Your support in the form of a season membership will be a critical part of ensuring that we have the resources to return to our spaces once the pandemic is over.

Moreover, your membership will gain you access to an exciting array of theatre, from devised work to radio plays to masterworks of the 19th and 20th centuries. This season also includes a first-of-its-kind tri-production between the UW School of Drama, Cornish College of the Arts, and Seattle University. Read on to learn more about our 2020-2021 public season, and thank you for sharing space with us—be it virtual or physical—in this complicated, potent, and galvanizing moment.

UW School of Drama 2020-2021 Season:
The Now and the Here

NOTE: At the time of publication, we anticipate that all productions in our public season will be offered to audiences online. If this changes, our All-Access Members will receive the first invitations to join us in person in our theatres. Please see the All-Access Membership Levels section for more details.

***ALL TITLES AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

AUTUMN QUARTER

A New Devised Work
Directed by Libby King (UW Drama faculty member)
Created with graduate actors and designers
OCTOBER 29 – NOV 1, 2020
Single tickets on sale September 29, 2021 or buy an All-Access Membership today!

What is the experience of living in America today? It’s a question most of us are asking ourselves constantly these days, as we look out over an American landscape almost no one could have imagined. It’s also a foundational question in the work of celebrated devising theatre company the TEAM, of which director Libby King has been a member since 2006. For her first production as a new UW Drama faculty member, King will introduce a group of graduate actors and designers to the methods she has been using to make devised theatre for over 15 years, mining the students’ own experiences of living through the past several months for universal truths about safety and danger, loneliness and connection, fear and courage, letting go and holding on.  

WINTER QUARTER

A New Devised Work
Directed by Jeffrey Fracé (UW Drama faculty member)
Created with graduate actors and designers
FEBRUARY 18 – 21, 2021
Single tickets on sale January 18, 2021 or buy an All-Access Membership today!

This is not a radio play. It’s also not not a radio play. It might be two radio plays or, really, it might be about a group of artists trying to make two radio plays in the midst of a global pandemic, a leadership crisis, a righteous struggle for civil rights, and graduate school. Jeffrey Fracé, an expert in devised performance, directs this multi-layered inquiry into what it means to make theatre in a time without theatres, to bridge distance in a time without contact, to collaborate in a time without shared air.

Uncharted Waters
A tri-production with Cornish College of the Arts and Seattle University featuring:
Twelfth Night
Directed by Rosa Joshi &
A New Devised Work co-Directed by Sheila Daniels and Porscha Shaw
MARCH 3 – 13, 2021
Single tickets on sale February 3, 2021 or buy an All-Access Membership today!

This winter, the Cornish College of the Arts Theater and Performance Production Departments, Seattle University Theatre, and the University of Washington School of Drama will come together for a cross-town theatrical collaboration the likes of which Seattle has never seen. Seattle University’s Rosa Joshi (Bring Down the House, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, upstart crow collective) directs William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, while Cornish College of the Arts’ Sheila Daniels (Indecent, Seattle Rep; The Wolves, ACT Theatre) and UW Drama acting alum Porscha Shaw (Nina Simone: Four Women, Seattle Rep; Saint Joan, ArtsWest) co-direct a devised piece in response to themes in Shakespeare’s play. Both productions will feature student casts from all three schools, and the artistic and production work of students, faculty, and staff from all three schools, and both will be rehearsed and performed entirely online. We invite the community to join us as we meet the challenges of isolation with radical togetherness.

First-Year MFA Director Project
Directed by Amanda Rountree (1st-year MFA director)
MARCH 10 – 14, 2021
Single tickets on sale February 10, 2021 or buy an All-Access Membership today!

A longstanding School of Drama tradition, our first-year MFA directing project will look a little different this year, as our new director makes her artistic introduction in these strange and ever-changing times. Coming to UW from Los Angeles, Amanda Rountree is a founding member of New Threads Theatre Company who holds a BFA in studio art from Biola University. Her theatre-making practice is concerned with mystical and spiritual relationships and creating visual poetry through theatre. Amanda’s project will be announced during fall quarter, so stay tuned!

SPRING QUARTER

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

By Dario Fo
Translated by Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante
Directed by Kristie Post Wallace (3rd-year MFA director/thesis production)
APRIL 8 – 11, 2021
Single tickets on sale March 8, 2021 or buy an All-Access Membership today!

Based on the true story of Italian rail worker and anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli, who died under mysterious circumstances while in police custody in 1969, Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist is one of the greatest—and most controversial—farces ever composed. In a world of commonplace deception and organized corruption, a “maniac” invades a police station interrogation room and hilariously manipulates the police into a truth-inducing hysteria. A hair’s-breadth combination of political exposé and pungent vaudeville, Anarchist is an explosive catharsis for our maddening times.

Rosmersholm
By Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Charles Archer
Adapted & Directed by Andrew Coopman (3rd-year MFA director/thesis production)
MAY 6 – 9, 2021
Single tickets on sale April 6, 2021 or buy an All-Access Membership today!

This sexually-charged study of faith and heartbreak, widely considered Ibsen’s darkest and most complex play, mines the tension between old and new, between conservatism and progressivism, between liberation and servitude. “Revive Rosmersholm for regime change,” says Variety, “It is a ‘Break Glass in Case of Emergencies,’ sort of play.” Set against the backdrop of political upheaval, the play has the moral force of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, laced with the personal agony of his Ghosts. Ibsen’s most popular play during his lifetime, Rosmersholm is a political and romantic thriller that feels utterly relevant to ours.

Title TBA
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton (faculty member)
June 3 – June 6
Single tickets on sale May 3, 2021 or buy an All-Access Membership today!

UW Drama faculty member Valerie Curtis-Newton, Founding Artistic Director of The Hansberry Project and Stranger Genius Award winner, directs a cast of UW Drama undergraduate actors in a contemporary play. Title will be announced soon! 

***ALL TITLES AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

All-Access Membership Levels

We invite you to join us this season as an All-Access Member at the $50, $100, or $250 level—whichever is right for you. No matter which membership level you select, you will get online access for two people to every show in the public season.

In light of the pandemic and its economic impact on students, we have decided to make student tickets free for the entire 20-21 public season. Your support as an All-Access Member at any level will help to subsidize those tickets, and to ensure that we have the resources we need to return to our theatres when it is safe to do so.

If you don’t live in the Seattle area, we hope you’ll see this season as a unique opportunity to be in our audience from afar, supporting our students on their journeys.

Select the All-Access Membership level that’s right for you:

“The Cab” Level: $50
Includes access for two people to all productions in the UW Drama 20-21 public season. This level is named for our black box space, The Cabaret Theatre, in Hutchinson Hall.
BUY YOUR CAB LEVEL MEMBERSHIP TODAY

Hughes Penthouse Level: $100
Includes access for two people to all productions in the UW Drama 20-21 public season + two UW Drama mugs. This level is named for the historic Hughes Penthouse Theatre, the first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round ever constructed in the U.S., named for School of Drama founder Glenn Hughes.
BUY YOUR HUGHES PENTHOUSE LEVEL MEMBERSHIP TODAY

Jones Playhouse Level: $250
Includes access for two people to all productions in the UW Drama 20-21 public season + two UW Drama mugs + invitations to special virtual behind-the-scenes events. This level is named for the historic Jones Playhouse on the Ave, which underwent a state-of-the-art restoration and renovation in 2011 thanks to the generosity of Floyd and Delores Jones.
Buy Your Jones Playhouse Level Membership Today

If it becomes possible for audiences to join us in person this season, All-Access Members will have ticketing priority. All-Access Members will be invited to select their show dates one month prior to the start of any in-person performance. Due to social distancing requirements, we cannot guarantee the availability of in-person seating for any performance, however all performances will remain available for online viewing, in addition to any in-person viewing that might become possible. We are grateful for your patience and understanding.   

A note for those who live in different time zones: We are so grateful for your desire to support our students by joining us as season members. We realize you may live in a timezone that makes it inconvenient for you to join us at our normal performance times (7:30 PM and 2:00 PM). At this time, we believe we will be able to offer at least one asynchronous performance of each of our first five productions--meaning, a performance that you would be able to watch at a different time than when it is presented, for at least a 12-hour window. We are not yet certain whether we will be able to offer Accidental Death of an Anarchist and The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window asynchronously. We will update this page as more information becomes available. 

***ALL TITLES AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

For the 2020-2021 season, student tickets for all productions will be free

Want to give more in support of future UW Drama productions? Please add an additional donation at check out, and please accept our immense gratitude for your support in these difficult times.

Single Tickets

Single tickets for online access to all productions will go on sale through the ArtsUW Ticket Office one month prior to the first performance. Due to safety regulations, we cannot guarantee the availability of single tickets for any in-person performances that may occur. All-Access Members will have ticketing priority for any in-person performances, if they become available. Single tickets will then be released as-available.

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