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"Bright Star" by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell at Taproot Theatre Company in 2019. Pictured: Gloria Lee Alcalá and Mike Spee. (Photo by Erik Stuhaug)

Taproot Theatre Company Announces 2020 Season

The season will feature classics like ‘Steel Magnolias’ and new adaptations including ‘Babette’s Feast.’

SEATTLE: Taproot Theatre Company has announced its 2020 season, featuring five productions at their Jewell Mainstage venue.

“At Taproot we know that being a theatre of hope is an opportunity to bring great change to the people who pass through our doors,” said Scott Nolte, co-founder and producing artistic director, in a statement. “Whether it’s being you, creating a new life, or a case of mistaken identities, in the 2020 season we’re uncovering what makes us more than mere mortals.”

The season will open with Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias (Jan. 2-Feb. 29), which follows six Louisiana women as they navigate a health crisis from the chairs of a beauty salon. Marianne Savell will direct.

Next will be Babette’s Feast (March 18-April 25), adapted by Abigail Killeen and Rose Courtney from the short story by Isak Dinesen. The play follows a French refugee in an isolated Norwegian village who seeks to prepare a feast for the pious villagers. Nolte will direct.

Following will be See How They Run (May 13-June 20) by Philip King, a farce that follows a vicar’s wife in cases of mistaken identity. Karen Lund will direct.

The season will continue with The Spitfire Grill (July 8-Aug. 15) by Fred Alley and James Valcq. Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff, the musical follows a young woman who seeks to rebuild her life in rural Wisconsin after her release from prison. Nolte will direct.

The season will close with PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Old Man and the Old Moon (Sept. 6-Oct. 24), a musical about an old man who must abandon his duty of filling the moon with light to search for his missing wife across the sea. Nolte will direct.

Founded in 1976, Taproot Theatre Company serves the Pacific Northwest with main stage and touring productions and all-ages acting classes.

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