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Seattle: A Contemporary Theatre Announces Winter/Spring 2014 Shows


2014 at ACT Theatre is bigger and bolder than ever


ACT show schedule for Winter and Spring 2014

Seattle, WA – January 15, 2014 – ACT - A Contemporary Theatre announces a full calendar of winter and spring shows that cover a broad range of modern theatre. From new plays to unique musicals to literary and reading events to sexy cabarets, 2014 is off with a bang at ACT Theatre. On the Mainstage, ACT kicks off 2014 with a co-production of Little Shop of Horrors with The 5th Avenue Theatre, follows with the dark and desperate Bethany by Laura Marks, and then revisits the genius of Arthur Miller’s classic The Price.


ACT’s Central Heating Lab, which partners ACT with new and established producing companies from Seattle’s vast and diverse theatrical scene, will push the envelope even further. The Central Heating Lab gives audiences a chance to see daring new works, and gives up and coming artists a chance to perform for new audiences. Balagan Theatre will bring Ernest Shackleton Loves Me to Seattle for the first time. The rock and soul musical Passing Strange will make its Seattle debut with LeRoy Bell singing the role of Stew. Sex and politics take to the stage in Stephanie Timm’s new drama Tails of Wasps and it gets even steamier in the underground Bullitt Cabaret when Seattle Vice examines just how far you could go in a thoroughly corrupt and sleazy Seattle circa 1965. That’s just a snippet of what’s in store for the first part of 2014 at ACT.

The following take place between January and June of 2014. Tickets are currently on sale at or (206) 292-7676. All shows are included on the monthly ACTPass Membership. For a comical look at what the ACTPass includes check out this video


·         THE GREAT SOUL OF RUSSIA (Bullitt Cabaret)
·         RED TIGER TALES (Falls Theatre)
·         ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME (Falls Theatre)
·         ENDANGERED SPECIES PROJECT (Bullitt Cabaret)
·         SEA OF HOOKS (Busters)
·         LETTERS ALOUD (Eulalie Scandiuzzi Space)
·         CONSTRUCTION ZONE (Eulalie Scandiuzzi Space)
·         SEATTLE VICE (Bullitt Cabaret)
·         TAILS OF WASPS (Busters)
·         BETHANY (Allen Theatre)
·         TERRE HAUTE (Eulalie Scandiuzzi Space)
·         THE PRICE (Falls Theatre)
·         PASSING STRANGE (Bullitt Cabaret)
·         SANDBOX RADIO LIVE! (Falls Theatre)

Presented by The Seagull Project
January 21, 2014 (upcoming installments Feb 18, March 18)
Tickets: $15 Students: $10

The Seagull Project returns with its reading series of great Russian works. The installment includes "Holy Fools" who roam the Russian literary landscape daring demons and tempting angels. Gogol's madmen, Dostoyevsky's idiot, and Gorky's monks wander the wards of Chekhov, Tolstoy's Yasnaya Polyana, and the gulags of Solzhenitsyn. Follow this company before they head off to Uzbekistan as they work toward their 2015 production of Three Sisters here at ACT.

Presented by UMO Ensemble
January 30–February 2, 2014
Tickets: $20-$5

The UMO Ensemble returns to show off their physical and comedic skills. Watch as each red-nosed monk tackles life's problems, both profound and small. With puppetry, music, and masks; they'll be dangling from a rope, juggling, balancing, and of course, clowning, all while telling Buddhist, Zen, and Sufi stories.

Presented by Balagan Theatre
February 2-4, 2014
Tickets:  $35-$20 (includes ticket to the preview production at the Leo K stage at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in April)

An off-Broadway bound new musical about Valerie Vigoda, who portrays a sleep-deprived single mom who is fired from her day job as a video game composer and then contacted through her video blog by Ernest Shackleton, the legendary gentleman-explorer.

Presented by Endangered Species Project
February 3 (upcoming installments March 3, April 7, May 5)
Tickets:  $15-$10

Hear great plays you seldom see. This special reading of The Madwoman of Chaillot, directed by Larry Paulsen, will feature a full cast of Seattle actors delivering a classic work of world theatre that was first produced in 1945. The Madwoman is an enchanting mixture of social satire, whimsical comedy, and Parisian romance, and it’s quite a departure for the average modern theatre goer.

A Stage Presentation of the Book by Lindsay Hill
February 7 and 8, 2014
Tickets: $20-$5

Lindsay Hill’s new critically acclaimed novel comes to life in its first dramatic reading. Lauded by Publisher’s Weekly and New York Magazine in their 10 Best Books of 2013, the story interweaves the main character’s childhood hardships and grown-up pilgrimage in an innovative and poetic take on the modern novel. Brought to life by professional actors in a performance that will appeal to both book and theatre lovers.

LETTERS ALOUD: With or Without You
Presented by Letters Aloud
February 16, 2014
Tickets: $20-$10

A Valentine’s Day presentation of Letters Aloud featuring the personal correspondence of such luminaries as Ludwig Van Beethoven, Henry Miller, Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Taylor, Henry VIII, and, of even Slash from Guns 'n Roses. Features live musical accompaniment.

Presented by the Young Playwrights Program at ACT
March 6-8,  2014
Tickets: $10-$5

Showcasing the new plays of young authors in ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program, with professional directors and actors.

Mainstage Co-Production with The 5th Avenue Theatre
March 8–June 15
Tickets: Starting at $49, 25 and under $20, Senior 25% off

27 years after its Seattle premiere at ACT’s former Queen Anne space, Little Shop of Horrors gets a full remount from musical co-producers ACT Theatre and The 5th Avenue. Directed by Bill Berry.

Washington Ensemble Theatre and ACT
March 25 and June 25
Tickets: TBA

ACT and Washington Ensemble Theatre continue their workshop series of new plays. The first new play March 25 is Dirty by Andrew Hinderaker.

Presented by Mark Siano and Opal Peachey
March 28–April 19, 2014
Tickets: $35-$20 (NOTICE:  21+ only)

Inspired by the book Seattle Vice by Rick Anderson, this cabaret set in 1965 combines dancing, comedy, and original music created by Mark Siano and Opal Peachey (Modern Luv, Café Nordo). Vice is a lively historical look at a time when Seattle’s corrupt city hall had an "anything goes" attitude. With live music by The Enablers and a nightly cabaret after party.

By Stephanie Timm
Presented by New Century Theatre Company
April 4-27, 2014
Tickets: On sale in February

New play from New Century Theatre Company member Stephanie Timm about one politician’s downward spiral into the depths of sexual transgression. Directed by Darragh Kennan.

By Laura Marks
Mainstage Production
April 11 – May  4, 2014
Tickets:  On Sale February 12

The reality of the economic meltdown as seen through the life of a struggling suburban single mom trying to keep it all together. It all comes down to one big sale, and when the pressure is on, she pushes her own limits to get back everything she wants—including her daughter. Directed by John Langs.

By Edmund White
Presented by Bridges Stage Company
May 16–June 15, 2014
Tickets: On sale in February

Terre Haute is the prison in Indiana where Timothy McVeigh was held after the Oklahoma bombings. This play is based on the true story of the correspondence that McVeigh had with author Gore Vidal. Directed by Aaron Levin.

Presented by Hedgebrook
May 19
Tickets: TBA

The annual playwrights festival hosted by Hedgebrook returns with a new slate of contemporary plays by women authors.

By Arthur Miller
Mainstage Production
May 30–June 22
Tickets:  On sale February 12

Two grown brothers get a hard lesson in truth and consequences. After taking separate paths in life, their versions of family history collide when they meet after 16 years to settle their late father's estate. The New York Times says, "The Price is one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Arthur Miller has ever written."  Directed by Victor Pappas.

Book and Lyrics by Stew (Mark Stewart)
Presented by Sidecountry Theatre
June 13–June 29
Tickets: TBA

The off-Broadway hit and Drama Desk Award winner about a black musician who travels to Europe where drugs, sex, and art change the way he sees the world. Passing Strange is a unique musical semi-autobiography of a man who attempts to express his true self through a number of musical genres, including gospel, punk, blues, jazz, and rock. Featuring the Northwest’s own heralded Rock and Soul recording artist LeRoy Bell as Stew, the Narrator.

Presented by Sandbox Radio
June 16
Tickets: $20-$5

The latest installment of the popular local radio show recorded live for podcast. Featuring new local work written and performed by some of Seattle’s top talent.

About ACT: A Theatre of New Ideas Located in the heart of downtown Seattle and serving a population of curious, open-minded, and brave audiences, ACT - A Contemporary Theatre is the only theatre in Seattle dedicated to producing contemporary work with promising playwrights and local performing artists since 1965. A theatre of new ideas, ACT serves as a cultural engine that makes plays, dance, music, and film that touch us through its annual Mainstage play series and Central Heating Lab program. Because contemporary life demands examination, ACT is driven to inspire and strengthen our diverse community through works that advance our understanding of human life. ACT is a community where artists and the public witness, contemplate, and engage in dialogue on today’s thought-provoking issues, ideas, and art, presented with intelligence, insight, and humor.

About The Central Heating Lab

Launched in 2007, The Central Heating Lab at ACT serves as an incubator and catalyst for new works. ACT cultivates, produces, and presents artists working in all performance genres and provides an artistic home for a variety of local performance groups and artists. Relationships develop daily with individual actors, performers and playwrights while established partnerships with groups such as the Azeotrope, The Seagull Project, 14/48, and Icicle Creek Theatre Festival grow and develop. New programs are added throughout the year. With year-round programming produced by The Central Heating Lab at ACT alongside ACT’s Mainstage plays, ACT offers its patrons a unique opportunity to maximize their theatre experience—the ACTPass: all you can see for only $30 per month. ACTPass Members can attend nearly all ACT produced performances.

ACT gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2014 Season Sponsors: ACT Foundation, ArtsFund, 4Culture, The John Graham Foundation, The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and The Shubert Foundation

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Andrew C. McGibbon



Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell