ArtsWest announces the reopening of the 2021-2022 SEASON: WHEN WE WAKE UP
ArtsWest has announced its 2021-2022 WHEN WE WAKE season, with six productions – three world premieres and three Seattle premieres – featuring pieces by innovative and original new voices from American theater. This is the first season programmed by a collective of artists associated with ArtsWest in collaboration with the direction of ArtsWest, demonstrating a new model of sharing the power of seasonal curation. The season will be presented with an in-person option, including social distancing performances, as well as an online option.
Through a season of theater full of gods, monsters, myths and legends, WHEN WE WAKE asks us to reflect on who we are as we begin to emerge from a global pandemic – and a time of deep separation. and mythological. What have we learned and what will we choose to do differently as we write the next chapters of our collective history? “I am so proud of the work of the Associate Artists,” said Artistic Director Mathew Wright. “They’ve put on what I think is the perfect theater season to come back. He is both full of joy and theatricality and deep in his vision of how we could create better lives for each other and with each other. ”
To celebrate the reopening to the public, ArtsWest will be holding open days on July 1 and 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 8 and 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. and July 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be invited to peruse the theatrical space, get used to being together again, view videos of ArtsWest 2020’s digital work, and chat with ArtsWest executives about what to expect during the course. the year to come, including this powerful new season of theater.
WHEN WE WAKE UP opens the holiday season 2021 with the world premiere of the musical WE’VE BATTLED MONSTERS BEFORE, noted Seattle-based composer and playwright Justin Huertas to his canon exploring contemporary mythology and fantasy in the lives of ordinary people .
In the New Year, ArtsWest will world premiere Christian St. Croix’s haunting and humorous MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA, the story of a father, son, and everyday American monsters that we let’s create.
Next, from Australian Theater for Young Audiences playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, THIS GIRL LUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DO NOTHING presents a modern and moving fairy tale of three powerful young women who conquer the world and create lives for themselves, each in its own way. .
Kicking off the second half of the season is ALMA, Benjamin Benne’s story of a mother and daughter yearning for connection while having very different ideas of what the ‘American Dream’ actually represents. “. Next is the world premiere of Miku and the Gods. by playwright Julia Izumi, a moving meditation on family, love, loss – and what it takes to become a god.
The season concludes with the world premiere of HERE THERE BE DRAGONS, an original song cycle created by Valerie Curtis-Newton and co-produced by The Hansberry Project, celebrating the journeys of black women and exalting the lyrics and music of some of the most famous artists. more dynamic Seattle. Black women recording artists.
We have beaten monsters before
Book, music and lyrics by Justin Huertas
November 26 – December 26, 2021
When you’re the youngest brother in a family of secret warriors who for generations have protected Seattle from monsters and demons, meeting your Lola’s expectations is, in a nutshell, intimidating. Adarna’s mistakes were cute at first, but when they start costing her family more than she ever imagined, she must decide what she would sacrifice to save them. Loosely adapted from the 16th century Filipino epic poem Ibong Adarna, playwright-songwriter-lyricist Justin Huertas returns to his Lizard Boy roots with a sweet and intimate musical adventure of actor-musician.
MONSTERS OF AMERICAN CINEMA
by Christian Sainte-Croix
January 27 – February 20, 2022
When her husband dies, Remy Washington, a black man, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in theater and the caregiver of her late husband’s white, heterosexual teenage son, Pup. United by their love of classic American monster movies, the two have developed a warm and caring family chemistry – but their relationship is broken when Remy finds out that Pup and his friends are bullying a gay teenager at his school. Monsters of the American Cinema is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.
THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRYING, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING
by Finegan Kruckemeyer
March 17 – April 10, 2022
The tripled sisters are abandoned in the forest by their lumberjack father. From this fairytale start, three resolutions are made: one sister will walk one way, the other the other, and the third will stay where she is. Twenty years later, after traveling the world, battling Vikings, crossing oceans, taming wilderness and achieving greatness, the three meet again, as women. What they learn on their various journeys will change everything, and at the same time nothing, in this moving and irresistibly charming modern fairy tale.
by Benjamin Benne
May 5 – May 22, 2022
The working mother, Alma, single-handedly raised her daughter, Angel, with hard love, home-prepared comida, and many prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers that her daughter is not home to study. A schooling and chancla awaits Angel at home, but so does a creeping realization that there is more at stake than just a test result. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavily on their present; now Alma fears that his worst nightmare will soon become their reality. Will the American dream cost them a life together?
miku, and the gods.
by Julia Izumi
June 16 – July 3, 2022
Miku wants to be a god. Ephraim wants to be an Olympian. Grandma Seiko wants to remember. And the minor god Shara just wants people to include him in the conversation, you know? Traveling from the schoolyard to the river to the underworld and back, Miku and his company will learn what it really takes to become a god. As funny as it is moving, Miku and the gods. is an epic adventure that weaves friendship, death, memory, time, rhythm – and power beyond anything one could ever wish for.
HERE THERE ARE DRAGONS
Designed and produced by Valérie Curtis-Newton
Co-produced by The Hansberry Project
July 28 – August 28, 2022
Conceived and produced by the inimitable Valerie Curtis-Newton, and featuring the music and lyrics of some of Seattle’s most dynamic black artists, this all-new cycle of theatrical songs celebrates the joys, triumphs and tribulations of women. black. As they face the mystery of the unknown, they build new legends with the confidence of all that came before them. A unique fusion of musical styles and theatrical influences, Here There Be Dragons is a daring journey into uncharted waters and new possibilities.
ArtsWest is a vibrant center for theater and visual arts located in West Seattle Junction. This 149-seat theater offers a unique setting for audiences and artists alike as stories of human emotions unfold in an intimate space. Winner of the 2012 National Theater Company Award from the American Theater Wing and winner of several Gregory Awards, ArtsWest has produced works by authors as diverse as Dominique Morisseau, Henrik Ibsen, Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Taylor Mac and David Henry Huang. ArtsWest produces artistic events that spark conversation, stimulate the imagination, and use live theater as a powerful agent of change. www.artswest.org
Tickets: A variety of subscription options, including ArtsWest’s Marquee Club and Marquee Club Gold, are available online at www.artswest.org. Seasonal memberships are available now and single tickets will be available by October 1, 2021.