Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by John August
Directed by Jo Slowik, July 22-24 & July 28-31, 2016
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre. It is an experience that's richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.
"A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, Big Fish centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward's final chapter approaches Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales."
by James McClure
Guest Directed by Michael Bassett, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 & Oct. 6 – 9, 2016
The play takes place in front of the Manhattan apartment building where John Lennon was shot. Many New Yorkers spontaneously assembled that day to pay tribute to their idol, and it is from the stories of these people that the author builds his play. Included are a young advertising executive and a "women's libber" who had both been at Woodstock; a group of high school students preoccupied with romantic disputes and entanglements; a pair of Vietnam vets with larceny in mind; an elderly Jewish man from a neighboring building who mistakenly thinks that the murder victim was Jack Lemmon; and a hip young black would-be comic. The relationships of these characters are sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, sometimes menacing. The author focuses on the larger significance of the event, which has brought them together—the shock wave, which was felt across the nation by the further evidence of the violence and ugliness lurking in our communal soul.
"…we're transported right back to that December 1980 day of mourning when the songs of an era took on sad, new ironies, and when no one could think of the right words to express an inexplicable loss." —New York Times
by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Company
Directed by Keith White, Nov. 11-13 & Nov. 17-20, 2016
A Christmas Carol meets The Government Inspector meets Noises Off in this hilarious hit from The Seattle Repertory Company. A struggling theatre company is mounting its annual production of A Christmas Carol amid the very real threat of the funding being cut from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). They have received notice than an inspector from the NEA will be arriving to determine whether continued funding is warranted. At the same time, a man who may very well be the worst actor ever arrives to audition for the company. Mistaking him for the inspector, the director cast him in a leading role for the production. Add assorted backstage alliances, dalliances, disappearances and you have a recipe for disaster and hilarity. Inspecting Carol is a show that PLT patrons have wished to see again since the 1996 PLT production.
"I laughed till I cried...Sheer comic genius." - Journal American
"A Dickens of a giggle." - Seattle Times
"A rollicking farce." - Everett Herald
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Kevin Trudeau, Feb. 17-19 & Feb. 23-26, 2017
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, this month's paycheck only covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction, Margie thinks an old fling, who has made it out of Southie, might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
"David Lindsay-Abaire pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood with this tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those who find themselves left behind.” – Variety
“Good People is poignant, brave and almost subversive in its focus on what it really means to be down on your luck." –New York Post
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jo Slowik, April 21-23 & April 27-30, 2017
The PLT brings to the stage one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the Duke and Duchess of Athens, and the fairies that inhabit a moonlit forest. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written in 1595 or 1596. Some experts believe it was written to have its first performance in the gardens of a great country estate for the celebrations for an aristocratic wedding. As the fictional newlyweds King Theseus and Queen Hippolyta, Lysander and Hermia, and Demetrius and Helena watched Bottom and his friends performing “Pyramus and Thisbe,” a real-life bride and groom were in turn watching them! Shakespeare’s beloved comedy contains a play within a play and a world within a world, inviting audiences to enter a world of magic and fantasy and leave the theatre pondering, "was it all a dream?"
“Festival of love” –Jennifer Kramer, Philadelphia Shakespeare
“Beautiful, powerful, magical, dangerous” – Roseanne Wells, Theatre for a New Audience