SEASON 15: MORE, MORE, MORE

Washington Ensemble Theatre was founded 15 years ago by amazingly talented, headstrong, and ambitious artists who decided to create the art they believed Seattle needed to see. They were rigorous, they were persistent, and they were dedicated. Since that time, the company has changed members, venues, and mission, but the spirit remains the same. At WET we believe in pushing the limit. Let’s do more, let’s get more, let’s be more. Season 15: More, More, More.

Season 15 isn’t about the capitalist sentiment that bigger is better, but is rather a declaration that we’re growing—and that’s a good thing! This year we will produce Everything You Touch, Sheila Callaghan’s opulent, fashionista-focused comedy about society’s obsession with body image. Next is Guillermo Calderon’s B, a tightly-wound absurdist play about the complicated and irrational nature of violence, terrorism, and activism. Rounding out the season is Charise Castro Smith’s goosebump-inducing horror comedy Feathers and Teeth, which grapples with the power of grief and the dangers of the other side.

I am also pleased to introduce a new addition to our programming: GUSH. Starting for the first time with Season 15, this series brings a piece of theatrical work from outside Seattle to be performed on WET’s stage. You’ll see vibrant new artists, fearless contemporary performance, form-breaking theatrical experiences once a year, as part of our season. We are thrilled to be able to expand WET’s yearly offerings, to invest in internationally acclaimed artists, and to give Seattle audiences the chance to experience new kinds of creative perspective.

In Season 15, GUSH will bring to Seattle SINGLET, genre-defying Erin Markey’s tenacious look at earned intimacy and how rivalry, affection, and power intersect.

WET is growing—we know it, and you know it. So why not welcome that growth, embrace the expansion, and celebrate the future we have all created together over the past 15 years? Join us for Season 15: More, More, More.

Samie Spring Detzer
Artistic Director

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When Jess hears that her mother, who she has not seen in 10 years, is on her deathbed, she embarks on a cross country journey fueled by self-loathing. Accompanied by Victor, her mercurial fashion mogul travel companion who may or may not be real, Jess discovers who she is, how to love herself, and how to wear it well. Sheila Callaghan’s fantastical and brash dark comedy explores society’s obsession with body image and fashion.

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Anarchists Alejandra and Marcela are searching for a way to voice their political beliefs and prove their dedication to the cause. When they meet disillusioned bomb maker Jose, he agrees to teach them all he knows. With their motives and devotion for non-violent anti-capitalist anarchy put to the test, Alejandra and Marcela must decide how far the are willing to go and what they are willing to give up to speak their minds. Guillermo Calderon’s tightly-wound absurdist play hashes out the complicated and irrational nature of violence, terrorism, and activism.

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Stepparents are usually a drag, but Chris’ new stepmom might actually be evil incarnate. When a mysterious creature shows up at their home, poor, grieving Chris sees it as a sign to avenge her mother’s death and take back her life, family, and future once and for all. Part Stranger Things and part Serial Mom, this twisted horror-comedy grapples with the power of grief and the dangers of the other side. Get ready to have goosebumps!

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The GUSH Series Presents: SINGLET
By Erin Markey
April 25 – May 5, 2019

The first theatrical work presented in GUSH, WET’s new series that brings a piece of contemporary theatrical work from outside Seattle to be performed on their stage, is Erin Markey’s SINGLET. Markey draws on their longstanding friendship and working relationship with actor Emily Davis to create a performance that maps the bonds and hysteria of earned intimacy. Combining Markey’s singular style with a host of influences—spanning Genet’s The Maids, celebrity psychotherapist Esther Perel’s available-on-Audible couples counseling sessions, Notes on a Scandal, Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan Quartet, and Precious Moments® Collectible Dolls—this kaleidoscopic production grapples with the desire, rivalry, vulnerability, and subterfuge that bind two people together. By turns tenacious and tender, SINGLET reimagines the economies of power between friends, families, and wrestlers.

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