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Seattle: A Contemporary Theatre Premieres Great Recession Thriller BETHANY

Desperate times require desperate actions

BETHANY by Laura Marks

Northwest Premiere of this award winning new play

WHO:  ACT – A Contemporary Theatre

WHAT:   Mainstage production of Laura Marks’ BETHANY
WHEN:  April 11 - May 4, Press Opening April 17
WHY:  Shed a more personal and human light on the impact of the economic meltdown  
WHERE:  ACT Theatre Allen Theatre, 700 Union Street Seattle, WA 98101
TICKETS:  Adults: Regular Tickets start at $55; Discounts available: Seniors, Students, Under 25

·         Pay-What-You-Can for Sunday shows and Thursday matinees. Tuesdays all seats are $20

·         Bethany included on the monthly ACTPass Membership - (206) 292-7676 or 

Seattle WA - March 20, 2014 - From squatting in a foreclosed home, to lying to the government, to taking desperate measures to make one last sale at work, Bethany takes on the economic crisis from the eyes of a middle class mom fighting to get her life back on track. This Helen Merrill Award-winning play tells the story of a young woman whose daughter has been taken away by State services when she loses her home. If she can just make one more sale before the car dealership closes for good, she might be able to salvage a life that’s rapidly spiraling out of control.

Bethany is a fast paced 90 minute thrill ride that grabs the audience and doesn’t let go until the final moments,” says director John Langs. “Bethany takes place here in the present, where the American middle class is slipping deeper into a hole that seems inescapable.”

The second show in ACT’s 2014 Mainstage Season features the return of Emily Chisholm (Sugar Daddies) in the lead role and also features Seattle stars Darragh Kennan, Suzanne Bouchard, and Richard Ziman. Acclaimed director John Langs (Middletown, The Seagull, The Pinter Festival) stages this production in the round in ACT’s Allen Theatre. Bethany also received the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers and was nominated for the Lucile Lortel Award for Off-Broadway excellence.

“Ms. Marks’s trenchant, economical drama is surprisingly (dismayingly) rare among new American plays in the clear, compassionate attention it pays to the corrosive effects of the economic downturn on the battered middle class.” - New York Times


CRYSTAL - Emily Chisholm*
CHARLIE - Richard Ziman*
GARY - Darragh Kennan*
PATRICIA - Suzanne Bouchard*
TONI - Cynthia Jones*
SHANNON - Jonelle Jordan      

Creative Team:

John Langs - Director
Carey Wong - Scenic Designer
Catherine Hunt - Costume Designer
Andrew Smith - Lighting Designer
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Robert MacDougall - Fight Director
*Whitney Breite - Stage Manager
*Melissa Y. Hamasaki - Assistant Stage Manager
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers

Bethany Mainstage Performances:

Friday, April 11, 8:00pm
Saturday, April 12, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 13, 7:30pm
Tuesday, April 15, 7:30pm (Behind The Scenes pre-show  discussion)
Wednesday, April 16, 7:30pm
Thursday, April 17, 7:30pm - OPENING NIGHT
Friday, April 18, 8:00pm
Saturday, April 19, 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, April 20, 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 22, 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30pm
Thursday, April 24, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Friday, April 25, 8:00pm
Saturday, April 26, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 27, 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 29, 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 30, 7:30pm
Thursday, May 1, 7:30pm
Friday, May 2, 8:00pm
Saturday, May 3, 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, May 4, 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Bethany is sponsored by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation 

About ACT – A Contemporary Theatre 

ACT is the only local theatre dedicated to producing contemporary work with promising playwrights and local performing artists since 1965. ACT is a cultural engine that makes plays, dance, music, and film that touch us through its annual Mainstage Play series and new works generated from the Young Playwrights Program, the Central Heating Lab, and New Works for the American Stage commissioning 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 an interactive 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. Dedicated to the advancement and preservation of today's contemporary work for future generations, ACT is a destination for contemporary theatre and arts in downtown Seattle.

ACT gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2014 Season Sponsors: ArtsFund, The John Graham Foundation, 4Culture, 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