Darragh Kennan and Andrew McGinn in "The Hound of the Baskervilles," R. Hamilton Wright's adaptation at Seattle Rep in 2013.

Seattle Rep Slates New Plays, Including a Mystery and a Musical

A commissioned Sherlock Holmes play and a new musical inspired by 9/11 are among the offerings in the 2015–16 season.

SEATTLE: Seattle Repertory Theatre has announced its 2015–16 season, which includes a world-premiere play and a new musical, a recent Pulitzer Prize winner and American classic . In a statement, acting artistic director Braden Abraham said, “This season reaffirms our ongoing commitment to producing new work, including two world premieres…In addition, we will feature five exciting new plays not yet seen in Seattle, all of which have received premieres within the last five years.”

On the Bagley Wright Theatre mainstage, the season begins with Abraham’s new staging of Arthur Miller’s 1955 classic, A View from the Bridge (Sept. 25–Oct. 18).

Jonathan Tolins’s popular one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar is next, in the Rep’s smaller Leo K. Theatre (Oct. 23–Nov. 22). It’s told by an actor who gets a job managing Barbra Streisand’s private shopping mall.

Next on the Bagley mainstage is Come from Away (Nov. 13–Dec. 13), a new musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein about a small town in Newfoundland that became an unexpected host to hundreds of international visitors on Sept. 11, 2001, as planes were diverted due to the attacks in the U.S. It’s directed by Christopher Ashley, artistic director of La Jolla Playhouse, with which the musical is being copresented.

The new year begins with Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning play Disgraced (Jan.  8–13, 2016), about a successful Muslim American lawyer and his Caucasian curator wife, who host a contentious dinner party.

Next in the Leo K. is Nick Payne’s Constellations (Jan. 22–Feb. 21, 2016), in which a relationship unfolds across alternating times and spaces.

Then Rebecca Gilman’s lauded new play Luna Gale takes the Bagley stage (March 4–27, 2016) with the tale of a social worker forced to make a tough decision about a case that’s veered too close to home.

In Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b-side for tray), on the Leo K. stage (Mar. 25–Apr. 24, 2016), a senseless act of gang violence alters a high school senior’s dreams, leaving his family to pick up the pieces and find hope and resilience within their tight-knit Brooklyn borough.

The season closes in the Bagley with the world premiere of a Seattle Rep commission, R. Hamilton Wright’s Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem (Apr. 22–May 22, 2016), in which the great English detective solves a case in Wild West.

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