Intiman Announces Lineup and Dates for Next Theater Festival

A scene from Romeo and Juliet at the inaugural Intiman theater festival in Seattle

Intiman has already announced the lineup for its second summer theater festival, scheduled to run June 22-September 15, 2013. Here are details on all four plays from the press release:

Trouble In Mind – An integrated acting company in 1957 comes together to rehearse a new play in Alice Childress' groundbreaking comedy-drama of race and representation in the American theatre. Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton.

Lysistrata - Aristophanes’ story of women who withhold sex from their husbands in an effort to stop war, directed by Sheila Daniels.

Stu for Silverton - A new musical about the mayor of Silverton, Oregon – the unlikely and surprising story of America's first transgender mayor and his community – with book by Peter Duchan, music and lyrics by Breedlove, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Russell.

We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! – Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo at his funniest and most socially relevant in this laugh out loud farce about money, class, and the resiliency of the human spirit. Directed by the queen of clowning and physical theatre, Jane Nichols.

The shows are different from last year but here are some things I'm glad to see haven't changed:

1) As in the inaugural run, a company of actors will play multiple roles across shows. It was added fun, for anyone who saw more than one show, to see actors transforming between roles (from ambiguous villain, to drag queen, to supporting role and back again!). We don't know who those actors are yet, but let's hope for the same refreshing mix of established talent and emerging artists as we saw last year.

2) UW's Valerie Curtis-Newton will direct again. She directed Dirty Story at Intiman's festival last year, which is one of the most unforgettable plays I have seen in Seattle to date. (Also, she was featured in our magazine in this, not so dirty, but just as important story.)

3) A musical is in the mix. Last year it was Dan Savage's radical reimagining of Helen Keller's story, Miracle!; this year, we learn the story of America's first transgender mayor.

4) They're promoting the festival with really fun, homemade videos (watch below).

5) Overall, it looks like a great mix of edge, experimentation and entertainment. You know, all those things theater should be.

Tickets or festival passes will be available starting in February. More info at intiman.org.

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