At 8:00 pm on the night of November 13, 1963, Vernon Weddle stepped on stage in the title role of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” at the Center Playhouse in downtown Seattle. It was the first performance of many performances of Seattle Repertory Theatre, now over 50 years old.
Winner of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and led by Artistic Director Jerry Manning, Seattle Rep has staged some of the finest plays the world has to offer, with award-winning actors in them. Actors who have been in SRT productions include Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Irwin, Christopher Walken, Lily Tomlin and Jessica Tandy. Playwrights who have worked with SRT include Edward Albee, Craig Lucas and Tim Blake Nelson. Recent productions include The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Of Mice and Men, American Buffalo, Red, and Fences.
There’s more to Seattle Rep than what is being showcased on their mainstage, however. Their education program is stellar and they’re proud of their New Play Program. Serving as an artistic home for the development and production of new work, the New Play Program includes a Writers Group in residence, an annual New Play Festival, and an ambitious commissioning schedule. Perhaps one of them will be the next Edward Albee.
For more information about the Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit www.seattlerep.org.