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Rutherford and Son

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 7:30pm to Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 2:00pm
$8 - $20
Performance Showtimes: 
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 7:30pm
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:30pm
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:30pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 7:30pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:30pm
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 7:30pm
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 7:30pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 7:30pm
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 2:00pm

“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, University of Washington

Included in the National Theatre's list: The 100 Most Significant Plays of the 20th Century

London, 1912: Rutherford and Son, a new play by an unknown playwright, “K.G. Sowerby,” has burst onto the scene, shattering box office records and drawing lofty accolades from critics, who are calling it the best play to premiere on the west end in 10 years, and comparing the author to theatrical titans like Ibsen. When it’s revealed that the play’s author is, shockingly, a woman named Githa Sowerby, she becomes the story, and her shattering tale of a tyrannical capitalist who loses his grip on his children is all but forgotten. As far as we can tell, UW Drama will only be the third theatre in the U.S. to ever present this transformational work of contemporary feminist drama. Be assured, time has only sharpened Sowerby's withering excoriation of the golden age of patriarchy. The New York Post called a 2001 production "alive with human passions and tyrannies.” Do not miss this theatrical event!

Dates to Note:

Previews: January 19 & 22 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night: Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 PM
Pre-show lobby talk: Sunday, January 27 at 1:00 PM
Pay-What-You-Can: Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30 PM (day-of-show only, $1 minimum)

Run time: 3 hours, including two 10-minute intermissions.

Show Program

Information for patrons with limited mobility and/or vision:
The Jones Playhouse is wheelchair accessible and can accommodate a limited number of wheelchairs. Take the elevator to level 'M' and you will find the wheelchair bay just inside the door to the theatre. Our house managers are happy to assist you in finding this seating. We also hold the entire center section of the front row of the theatre for patrons with limited mobility and/or vision. If you would like to use this seating, please inform the house manager so that they can escort you. Note that the front row is up three steps. These steps have railings on both sides, and ushers are available to provide additional assistance. We are also happy to reserve individual seats in advance for patrons who require seating accommodation. Please call the ArtsUW Ticket Office at 206-543-4880 or email ticket@uw.edu to make any accommodation request.

Jones Playhouse Seating


John Rutherford Brace Evans (guest actor)
Ann Angie Bolton (guest actor)
John AJ Friday (3rd year PATP)
Janet Allyson Lee Brown (3rd year PATP)
Richard Semaj Miller (2nd year PATP)
Mary Alyssa Franks (2nd year PATP)
Martin Phillip Ray Guevara (3rd year PATP)
Mrs. Henderson Alana Cheshire (3rd year PATP)

Creative Team: 
Director Cody Holliday Haefner (3rd year MFA director - thesis production)
Costume Designer Chanté Hamann (2nd year MFA designer)
Lighting Designer Ranleigh Starling (3rd year MFA designer - thesis production)
Set Designer Margaret Adair McCormack (2nd year MFA designer)
Dramaturg Shelby Lunderman (PhD student)
Assistant Director A.D. Kassing (undergraduate Drama major)
Stage Manager Rosemary Lisa Jones (undergraduate Drama major)