SEATTLE: Sound Theatre Company has announced their 2019 season, titled “UN-ERASABLE: From the Eyes of the Watched.” In addition to two Seattle-premiere productions, the lineup includes a season-long reading series of works by Native and Indigenous playwrights.
The season will begin with CITIZEN: An American Lyric (July 11-28), drawn directly from the book by Claudia Rankine. Adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs, this co-production with the Hansberry Project fuses prose, poetry, movement, music, video, newsreels, and an ensemble of six actors to create snapshots, vignettes, and stories reflecting the acts of everyday racism. Jay O’Leary will direct.
Following this will be Kaitie O’Reilly’s Peeling (Aug. 8-25), which was featured in one of Sound Theatre’s reading series last season. Peeling follows three disabled actors cast as the chorus in a postmodern production of The Trojan Women whose lives run parallel to Euripides’s characters. The three are harsh and clever critics of each other, themselves, the privileged production team, and the spectacle that surrounds them. Teresa Thuman will direct.
Running alongside these productions is a reading series of plays by Native and Indigenous playwrights, curated by Fern Naomi Renville. The year-long program will include monthly readings of Native and Indigenous-centered works.
Founded in 2006, Sound Theatre Company aims to give voice to the dignity and diversity of the human experience through theatrical productions in the Seattle area.
Correction: An earlier version of this story spelled Teresa Thuman’s last name as Thurman.