SEATTLE: A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) has announced its 2018 mainstage season, which will include six productions.
“This year ACT Theatre rises to the occasion of our increasingly polarized society by producing works that explore the space between extreme ideologies,” said ACT’s artistic director, John Langs, in a statement. He described the season as comprising “thrilling plays that reach for common ground and inspire us to challenge our own assumptions. Our audience craves the beautifully told story that will start profound conversations. This is theatre for a bold audience.”
The season will open with the musical Ride the Cyclone by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond (March 9-May 20, 2018). Part comedy, part tragedy, the musical tells the story of a group of high schoolers who board a roller coaster which ends up breaking down mid-ride. Rachel Rockwell will direct and choreograph the show.
Then ACT will present The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe (April 20-May 13, 2018). The play is about a girl’s soccer team as they prepare for a match. Sheila Daniels will direct. The play was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Then Dael Orlandersmith will perform her one-woman show Until the Flood (June 8-July 8, 2018), about the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after the death of Michael Brown. Neel Keller will direct.
Lauren Weedman will then perform her show Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (July 20-Aug. 12, 2018), with her band. The show promises to be a journey of heartbreak, laughter, and fresh starts.
Next will be David Hare’s Skylight (Sept. 7-30, 2018), about a couple who reunites after several years apart and their attempt to resurrect their relationship. Langs will direct.
The season will close with Oslo by J.T. Rogers (Oct. 12-Nov. 11, 2018). The history play tells the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine in 1993. The play won the 2017 Tony Award for best play. Langs will direct.
ACT Theatre is home to five performance spaces. It has been programming new work since 1965.