“Life in this house is intolerable.”
Rutherford and Son
By Githa Sowerby
Directed by Cody Holliday Haefner, 3rd year MFA director
January 23 - February 3, 2019
Previews January 19 & 22
Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse Theatre, University of Washington
In 1912, a new play by an unknown female playwright took London by storm. Originally scheduled for only four performances at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Rutherford and Son by Githa Sowerby quickly transferred to the West End, receiving its New York premiere within the same year. Despite its initial success, Sowerby’s shattering drama of family business soon faded into obscurity, and more than half a century passed before it was produced again. Indeed, UW Drama will only be the third company in the United States to ever present this transformational work of contemporary drama. Be assured, time has only sharpened Sowerby's withering, feminist excoriation of the golden age of patriarchy, and the scheming, backstabbing family life that one patriarch wrought—The New York Post called a 2001 production "alive with human passions and tyrannies."