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Fifth of July

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 to Sunday, November 24, 2013
Performance Showtimes: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 7:30pm
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 7:30pm
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 7:30pm
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 7:30pm
Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 7:30pm
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:30pm
Friday, November 22, 2013 - 7:30pm
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 7:30pm
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 2:00pm

Written by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton

At one point in their careers, Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz, William Hurt, Christopher Reeve, Kathy Bates, Richard Thomas, Cynthia Nixon, John Procaccino and UW alumna Lori Larsen all sank their teeth into the meaty roles of this comedic drama. Now faculty member Valerie Curtis-Newton directs second-year PATP students and gives them that same exciting opportunity. Set in rural Missouri in 1977, Fifth of July revolves around the Talley family and focuses on their disillusionment with America in the wake of the Vietnam War. Wilson’s poignant play is rife with acting challenges while actively confronting many American taboos.

Join director Valerie Curtis-Newton for an opening night dinner on Friday, November 15 at the UW Club. Curtis-Newton will reveal her process for bringing this play to life. Dinner reservations are made through the UW Club at 206-543-0437 or

A post-show talk will be held on Thursday, November 21.

Program for The Fifth of July (PDF)


Christopher Donoghue Jed
Sunam Ellis Gwen
Jon-Erik Hegstad John
Anna Lamadrid Sally
Joseph Ngo Ken
Andrea Salaiz June
Skylar Tatro Shirley
Justin Crabtree Weston
Creative Team: 
Valerie Curtis-Newton Director
Jared Roberts Scenic Design
Maya Ogasawara Costume Design
John Bernard Lighting Design
James Schreck Sound Design
Meghan Wolffinden Stage Manager