Plays & Events Season 14: No Surprise


NO SURPRISE!

When you are the female Artistic Director of an irreverent theatre company made up of socially conscious, snot nosed  millennials and a cloud of hate descends upon your country (I mean let’s be honest it was probably there along, but now it’s much more obvious), what else is there for you to do besides present a season of plays that recognize and dissect the toxic masculinity you see all around you. I am tired, as many of us are, of not acknowledging the evil men do. I feel a strong need to place myself, our company, and the artists we work with squarely in the middle of the conversation about the pervasive power of the patriarchy and the dark and uncertain future we have created for ourselves.  I know we are not the first, last, or the only ones to feel this way or to fight this fight. It is no surprise, because there are no surprises left.

We begin with a story about the power of the digital abyss of the internet with Teh Internet is Serious Business by Tim Price, then we examine  privilege and the patriarchy in the hearts of the well meaning, with Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, and we end the season with Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, a dark and twisty play about the future of sexual desire, and what we are willing to sacrifice in order to feel good.

We do not pretend that we will have all the answers or that we alone will fix the problem. Call us feminist killjoys, but we are ready to look at masculinity under a microscope.  Let’s remove any delusion of surprise, any comfort in unknowing, and any complicity through inaction. This is our reality, and it comes as no surprise.

Samie Spring Detzer
Artistic Director

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Teh Internet Is Serious Business (September 15 - October 2, 2017)

By Tim Price
Directed by Wayne Rawley

{West Coast Premiere}

Forward slash forward slash, angle bracket, quotation, command, dialogue, angle bracket, semicolon: it’s 2004, the year hacktivist group Anonymous emerged as a can’t-be-tamed digital authority with unexpected influence. This mercurial and irreverent tale follows the network’s pointed take down of the Church of Scientology and ponders the revolution of online global power. Called “liberating” and “enlightening” by The Guardian, Washington Ensemble Theatre will mount Tim Price’s smart and captivating play. Can you feel the lulz?

Straight White Men (January 12 - 29, 2018)

By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Sara Porkalob

{Northwest Premiere}

Straight White Men is Young Jean Lee’s family drama about the demographic you love to hate. When three brothers gather at their father’s home for Christmas, it becomes clear that they have more on their minds than the holidays. With hypocrisy, humor, and enlightened progressivism, this story explores what to do with privilege, and who is to blame for it.

The Nether (April 27 - May 14, 2018)

By Jennifer Haley
Directed by Bobbin Ramsey

{Seattle Premiere}

What happens when you let your desire and darkest secrets run wild? Detective Morris must investigate and expose an interactive playground world where unforgivable sexual fantasies are enjoyed by men who feel they can’t live without them. Jennifer Haley’s unsettling play tackles both the seductive pull of the  morally ambiguous virtual world and the science fiction future of intimacy. It will have you squirming in your seats.

 

14th ANNUAL GALA & AUCTION

14th Annual Gala and Auction (March 10, 2018)

 

Your favorite sacrilegious and snarky theatre company wants you to join them at the best party of the year. Food, drinks, auction items, and more! Additional details to come, but save the date now!

 

OTHER EVENTS

Six Pack Series
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

 

Get stupid smart at Six Pack! Come hang with the cool kids! At our Six Pack Series, we invite artists of all kinds to share their most outrageous work, all with a beer in hand. Why? Because getting drunk and laughing together is fun. Art doesn’t have to be sterile or hold an audience off at arm’s length. Loosen up a little, have a beer, and get stupid smart at one of the wildest literary readings in Seattle.

More information about upcoming Six Packs can be found on our Facebook.

Monstrosity in partnership with the University of Washington

By Lucy Thurber

Directed by Samie Spring Detzer

Produced in partnership with the University of Washington

Singing teenage revolutionaries, battle cries, and a badass female protagonist make up this fantasy thriller about the complexity of the power hungry political system. No surprises here.