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Looking for what’s happening around town? We’ve got you covered — with theatre, dance, and more.

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Jan
26
Wed
[POSTPONED – THIS SHOW DATE IS CANCELLED] Beowulf – Book-It Repertory Theatre @ Center Theatre (Seattle Center)
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm

Adapted by Julian Glover
From translations by Michael Alexander & Edwin Morgan
Directed by Gus Menary
Starring Brandon J. Simmons

Hear! Listen! Hwaet!

As we gather together in the dark to hear a tale of long, long ago, so too did the thegns and folk gather in the King’s hall seeking shelter from the beasts that lurk in the night.

Our hero, Beowulf, travels to King Hrothgar’s land to defeat a monster and save a kingdom, for that is what great heroes do. But Grendel, the creature condemned by God, is grim and vengeful, strong and horrible. Beowulf and a few brave enough to join him, embark on the quest to vanquish the foul fiend. Courage, cunning, and might may win the day and the laurels of battle, but once an adventurer, always an adventurer. Beowulf’s life continues anon with heroic and mighty deeds until a Dragon is awoken and the elder statesman must face a final test of his bravery, alone. This mythic tale, over one thousand years old, cries to be experienced aloud, reminding us of the importance of a good story well told.

Location: Seattle Center Armory, lower level

Tickets ($36.50-$53.50, depending on show time) here.

 

[POSTPONED – THIS SHOW DATE IS CANCELLED] Beowulf – Book-It Repertory Theatre @ Center Theatre (Seattle Center)
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

Adapted by Julian Glover
From translations by Michael Alexander & Edwin Morgan
Directed by Gus Menary
Starring Brandon J. Simmons

Hear! Listen! Hwaet!

As we gather together in the dark to hear a tale of long, long ago, so too did the thegns and folk gather in the King’s hall seeking shelter from the beasts that lurk in the night.

Our hero, Beowulf, travels to King Hrothgar’s land to defeat a monster and save a kingdom, for that is what great heroes do. But Grendel, the creature condemned by God, is grim and vengeful, strong and horrible. Beowulf and a few brave enough to join him, embark on the quest to vanquish the foul fiend. Courage, cunning, and might may win the day and the laurels of battle, but once an adventurer, always an adventurer. Beowulf’s life continues anon with heroic and mighty deeds until a Dragon is awoken and the elder statesman must face a final test of his bravery, alone. This mythic tale, over one thousand years old, cries to be experienced aloud, reminding us of the importance of a good story well told.

Location: Seattle Center Armory, lower level

Tickets ($36.50-$53.50, depending on show time) here.

 

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center)
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Henry Godinez

Part theater, part revival, and all power – this one-woman show with music will have your head nodding and hands clapping from start to finish.

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer tells the impassioned story of American civil rights activist and hero, Fannie Lou Hamer. From her humble origins as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper, to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and demanding recognition at the National Democratic Convention, hers is a story of justice that will not be denied.

A co-commission with Goodman Theatre.

Location: Seattle Center (Mercer side)

Tickets ($24-$98) here.

Seattle Rep is now offering a limited number of PWYC tickets for all performances. See policies and info here.

 

Monsters of the American Cinema @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

By Christian St. Croix

When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a Black man, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater and a caregiver to his late husband’s straight, white teenage son, Pup. United by their love of classic American monster movies, the two have developed a warm and caring familial chemistry – but their relationship fractures when Remy discovers Pup and his friends have been bullying a gay teen at his school. Monsters of the American Cinema is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.

Location: West Seattle junction

Tickets ($18.50-$123.50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

See How They Run @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

By Philip King
Directed by Karen Lund

All Penelope wants is an evening out on the town; even vicars’ wives deserve a little fun. But between a buzzed busybody in the closet, a volley of vicars galloping across the lawn, and a Soviet spy on the loose, her night of fun creates mayhem for all. Precocious and preposterous, this comedy is pure pandemonium!

Tickets ($20-$50, depending on date) here.

 

Dragon Mama @ Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm

By Sara Porkalob

How does a Dragon earn her wings? Maria Porkalob, Jr., yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA, can offer. When presented with an opportunity to make a quick fortune, Maria must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter Sara for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational trauma.

Traversing 25 years filled with queer love in a barren land, Dragon Mama features ghosts, Filipino gangsters, and a dope ‘80s and ‘90s soundtrack.

Ten tickets each night are designated as Community Tickets: Discounted tickets designed to make art more accessible. Created and available for students, artists, BIPOC, and anyone for whom the higher ticket price is a barrier.

Optional: Add a pre-show dinner in The Knife Room at Nordo, by Chef Aaron Verzosa of Archipelago. (Note: The Knife Room is not wheelchair accessible and is only reachable by stairs.)

Tickets ($25-$50, sliding scale) here.

 

Jan
27
Thu
[POSTPONED – THIS SHOW DATE IS CANCELLED] Beowulf – Book-It Repertory Theatre @ Center Theatre (Seattle Center)
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm

Adapted by Julian Glover
From translations by Michael Alexander & Edwin Morgan
Directed by Gus Menary
Starring Brandon J. Simmons

Hear! Listen! Hwaet!

As we gather together in the dark to hear a tale of long, long ago, so too did the thegns and folk gather in the King’s hall seeking shelter from the beasts that lurk in the night.

Our hero, Beowulf, travels to King Hrothgar’s land to defeat a monster and save a kingdom, for that is what great heroes do. But Grendel, the creature condemned by God, is grim and vengeful, strong and horrible. Beowulf and a few brave enough to join him, embark on the quest to vanquish the foul fiend. Courage, cunning, and might may win the day and the laurels of battle, but once an adventurer, always an adventurer. Beowulf’s life continues anon with heroic and mighty deeds until a Dragon is awoken and the elder statesman must face a final test of his bravery, alone. This mythic tale, over one thousand years old, cries to be experienced aloud, reminding us of the importance of a good story well told.

Location: Seattle Center Armory, lower level

Tickets ($36.50-$53.50, depending on show time) here.

 

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center)
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm

By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Henry Godinez

Part theater, part revival, and all power – this one-woman show with music will have your head nodding and hands clapping from start to finish.

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer tells the impassioned story of American civil rights activist and hero, Fannie Lou Hamer. From her humble origins as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper, to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and demanding recognition at the National Democratic Convention, hers is a story of justice that will not be denied.

A co-commission with Goodman Theatre.

Location: Seattle Center (Mercer side)

Tickets ($24-$98) here.

Seattle Rep is now offering a limited number of PWYC tickets for all performances. See policies and info here.

 

Mala @ Seattle Public Theater (Seattle – Green Lake)
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm

By Melinda Lopez
Directed by Sophie Franco

Mala is a darkly funny tale about what it means to put our loved ones first, right to the very end, and what happens when we strive to be good but don’t always succeed. It is a comical and brutally honest look at family dynamics, including stubborn parents and unequipped children, and explores the unsentimental poetry of everyday life. A one-woman tour-de-force for a powerful actress, Mala careens from comedy to deep pathos, while having the toughest conversation about the most common of events—the end of life.

Location: The Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake

Tickets ($5-$50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Monsters of the American Cinema @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm

By Christian St. Croix

When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a Black man, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater and a caregiver to his late husband’s straight, white teenage son, Pup. United by their love of classic American monster movies, the two have developed a warm and caring familial chemistry – but their relationship fractures when Remy discovers Pup and his friends have been bullying a gay teen at his school. Monsters of the American Cinema is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.

Location: West Seattle junction

Tickets ($18.50-$123.50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Photograph 51 – UW Drama @ Jones Playhouse (Seattle – U-District)
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm

By Anna Zeigler
Directed by Amanda Rountree

In 1951, chemist Rosalind Franklin works relentlessly in her King’s College London lab, closing in on a major discovery that could unlock the mysteries of the DNA molecule. Undermined by her colleague Maurice Wilkins, she struggles to compete with rival team Watson and Crick as pressure intensifies to produce results. Anna Zeigler’s “rich, complex, and moving” (The Chicago Tribune) play honors the monumental contribution of one scientist with two X chromosomes whom history nearly left behind. Second-year MFA director Amanda Rountree makes her UW Drama mainstage debut.

Previews 1/22 & 1/25

Location: the Ave, just west of UW main campus

Tickets ($23) here.

 

See How They Run @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm

By Philip King
Directed by Karen Lund

All Penelope wants is an evening out on the town; even vicars’ wives deserve a little fun. But between a buzzed busybody in the closet, a volley of vicars galloping across the lawn, and a Soviet spy on the loose, her night of fun creates mayhem for all. Precocious and preposterous, this comedy is pure pandemonium!

Tickets ($20-$50, depending on date) here.

 

Dragon Mama @ Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm

By Sara Porkalob

How does a Dragon earn her wings? Maria Porkalob, Jr., yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA, can offer. When presented with an opportunity to make a quick fortune, Maria must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter Sara for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational trauma.

Traversing 25 years filled with queer love in a barren land, Dragon Mama features ghosts, Filipino gangsters, and a dope ‘80s and ‘90s soundtrack.

Ten tickets each night are designated as Community Tickets: Discounted tickets designed to make art more accessible. Created and available for students, artists, BIPOC, and anyone for whom the higher ticket price is a barrier.

Optional: Add a pre-show dinner in The Knife Room at Nordo, by Chef Aaron Verzosa of Archipelago. (Note: The Knife Room is not wheelchair accessible and is only reachable by stairs.)

Tickets ($25-$50, sliding scale) here.

 

Jan
28
Fri
[POSTPONED – THIS SHOW DATE IS CANCELLED] Beowulf – Book-It Repertory Theatre @ Center Theatre (Seattle Center)
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

Adapted by Julian Glover
From translations by Michael Alexander & Edwin Morgan
Directed by Gus Menary
Starring Brandon J. Simmons

Hear! Listen! Hwaet!

As we gather together in the dark to hear a tale of long, long ago, so too did the thegns and folk gather in the King’s hall seeking shelter from the beasts that lurk in the night.

Our hero, Beowulf, travels to King Hrothgar’s land to defeat a monster and save a kingdom, for that is what great heroes do. But Grendel, the creature condemned by God, is grim and vengeful, strong and horrible. Beowulf and a few brave enough to join him, embark on the quest to vanquish the foul fiend. Courage, cunning, and might may win the day and the laurels of battle, but once an adventurer, always an adventurer. Beowulf’s life continues anon with heroic and mighty deeds until a Dragon is awoken and the elder statesman must face a final test of his bravery, alone. This mythic tale, over one thousand years old, cries to be experienced aloud, reminding us of the importance of a good story well told.

Location: Seattle Center Armory, lower level

Tickets ($36.50-$53.50, depending on show time) here.

 

[POSTPONED – THIS SHOW DATE IS CANCELLED] The Oregon Trail @ Centerstage (Federal Way)
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

by Bekah Brunstetter

Funny, provocative, and intelligent, The Oregon Trail follows 90’s kid Jane from Middle School, where she takes solace in her favorite 8-bit video game, to adulthood, where the game seems to follow her with its all-knowing gaze, helping her navigate her growing pains. As she grapples with what it is she truly wants, Jane meets someone entirely unexpected: her own great-great-grandmother, on the Oregon Trail … in 1848.

Location: Dash Point (Federal Way); not accessible by transit.

Tickets ($39) here.

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center)
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Henry Godinez

Part theater, part revival, and all power – this one-woman show with music will have your head nodding and hands clapping from start to finish.

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer tells the impassioned story of American civil rights activist and hero, Fannie Lou Hamer. From her humble origins as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper, to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and demanding recognition at the National Democratic Convention, hers is a story of justice that will not be denied.

A co-commission with Goodman Theatre.

Location: Seattle Center (Mercer side)

Tickets ($24-$98) here.

Seattle Rep is now offering a limited number of PWYC tickets for all performances. See policies and info here.

 

Mala @ Seattle Public Theater (Seattle – Green Lake)
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

By Melinda Lopez
Directed by Sophie Franco

Mala is a darkly funny tale about what it means to put our loved ones first, right to the very end, and what happens when we strive to be good but don’t always succeed. It is a comical and brutally honest look at family dynamics, including stubborn parents and unequipped children, and explores the unsentimental poetry of everyday life. A one-woman tour-de-force for a powerful actress, Mala careens from comedy to deep pathos, while having the toughest conversation about the most common of events—the end of life.

Location: The Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake

Tickets ($5-$50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Monsters of the American Cinema @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

By Christian St. Croix

When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a Black man, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater and a caregiver to his late husband’s straight, white teenage son, Pup. United by their love of classic American monster movies, the two have developed a warm and caring familial chemistry – but their relationship fractures when Remy discovers Pup and his friends have been bullying a gay teen at his school. Monsters of the American Cinema is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.

Location: West Seattle junction

Tickets ($18.50-$123.50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Photograph 51 – UW Drama @ Jones Playhouse (Seattle – U-District)
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

By Anna Zeigler
Directed by Amanda Rountree

In 1951, chemist Rosalind Franklin works relentlessly in her King’s College London lab, closing in on a major discovery that could unlock the mysteries of the DNA molecule. Undermined by her colleague Maurice Wilkins, she struggles to compete with rival team Watson and Crick as pressure intensifies to produce results. Anna Zeigler’s “rich, complex, and moving” (The Chicago Tribune) play honors the monumental contribution of one scientist with two X chromosomes whom history nearly left behind. Second-year MFA director Amanda Rountree makes her UW Drama mainstage debut.

Previews 1/22 & 1/25

Location: the Ave, just west of UW main campus

Tickets ($23) here.

 

Silent Sky @ Tacoma Little Theatre (Tacoma)
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm

The true story of a brilliant, history-making woman, hitherto unknown to many of us.

This true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Location: “I” St., near Wright Park (Tacoma)

Tickets ($27) here; PWYC night on 2/3.

 

Dragon Mama @ Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

By Sara Porkalob

How does a Dragon earn her wings? Maria Porkalob, Jr., yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA, can offer. When presented with an opportunity to make a quick fortune, Maria must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter Sara for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational trauma.

Traversing 25 years filled with queer love in a barren land, Dragon Mama features ghosts, Filipino gangsters, and a dope ‘80s and ‘90s soundtrack.

Ten tickets each night are designated as Community Tickets: Discounted tickets designed to make art more accessible. Created and available for students, artists, BIPOC, and anyone for whom the higher ticket price is a barrier.

Optional: Add a pre-show dinner in The Knife Room at Nordo, by Chef Aaron Verzosa of Archipelago. (Note: The Knife Room is not wheelchair accessible and is only reachable by stairs.)

Tickets ($25-$50, sliding scale) here.

 

Hotter Than Egypt @ ACT Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

By Yussef El Guindi
Directed by John Langs
Dramaturged by Nakissa Etemad

How far do you have to go to find yourself?

ACT Theatre in association with Marin Theatre Company presents Hotter Than Egypt, Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi’s new dramedy set in the heat of Cairo. Dreams and relationships are put to the test when old connections lead to new temptations.

Hotter than Egypt, recently workshopped through the ACT Local program, is a vivid new work from the audience favorite and award-winning author of Threesome, Ramayana, and People of the Book.

Tickets ($27-$50) here.

 

See How They Run @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

By Philip King
Directed by Karen Lund

All Penelope wants is an evening out on the town; even vicars’ wives deserve a little fun. But between a buzzed busybody in the closet, a volley of vicars galloping across the lawn, and a Soviet spy on the loose, her night of fun creates mayhem for all. Precocious and preposterous, this comedy is pure pandemonium!

Tickets ($20-$50, depending on date) here; PWYC night on 2/2.

 

She Kills Monsters @ Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts (Marysville)
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

By Qui Nguyen

The fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons collides with reality as popular teen Agnes dives in to try and understand her deceased younger sister.

Tickets ($22) here.

 

The Haunting of Hill House @ Lakewood Playhouse (Lakewood)
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm

Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three others, all unacquainted, but all having their particular reasons for accepting Dr. Montague’s invitation to share his Hill House sojourn. As subsequent events bear out, the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a new and, for one of those present, fatal fury.

Location: Lakewood Towne Center (Lakewood)

Tickets ($27) here.

 

Jan
29
Sat
Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center)
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm

By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Henry Godinez

Part theater, part revival, and all power – this one-woman show with music will have your head nodding and hands clapping from start to finish.

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer tells the impassioned story of American civil rights activist and hero, Fannie Lou Hamer. From her humble origins as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper, to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and demanding recognition at the National Democratic Convention, hers is a story of justice that will not be denied.

A co-commission with Goodman Theatre.

Location: Seattle Center (Mercer side)

Tickets ($24-$98) here.

Seattle Rep is now offering a limited number of PWYC tickets for all performances. See policies and info here.

 

See How They Run @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm

By Philip King
Directed by Karen Lund

All Penelope wants is an evening out on the town; even vicars’ wives deserve a little fun. But between a buzzed busybody in the closet, a volley of vicars galloping across the lawn, and a Soviet spy on the loose, her night of fun creates mayhem for all. Precocious and preposterous, this comedy is pure pandemonium!

Tickets ($20-$50, depending on date) here; PWYC night on 2/2.

 

[POSTPONED – THIS SHOW DATE IS CANCELLED] Beowulf – Book-It Repertory Theatre @ Center Theatre (Seattle Center)
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

Adapted by Julian Glover
From translations by Michael Alexander & Edwin Morgan
Directed by Gus Menary
Starring Brandon J. Simmons

Hear! Listen! Hwaet!

As we gather together in the dark to hear a tale of long, long ago, so too did the thegns and folk gather in the King’s hall seeking shelter from the beasts that lurk in the night.

Our hero, Beowulf, travels to King Hrothgar’s land to defeat a monster and save a kingdom, for that is what great heroes do. But Grendel, the creature condemned by God, is grim and vengeful, strong and horrible. Beowulf and a few brave enough to join him, embark on the quest to vanquish the foul fiend. Courage, cunning, and might may win the day and the laurels of battle, but once an adventurer, always an adventurer. Beowulf’s life continues anon with heroic and mighty deeds until a Dragon is awoken and the elder statesman must face a final test of his bravery, alone. This mythic tale, over one thousand years old, cries to be experienced aloud, reminding us of the importance of a good story well told.

Location: Seattle Center Armory, lower level

Tickets ($36.50-$53.50, depending on show time) here.

 

[POSTPONED – THIS SHOW DATE IS CANCELLED] The Oregon Trail @ Centerstage (Federal Way)
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

by Bekah Brunstetter

Funny, provocative, and intelligent, The Oregon Trail follows 90’s kid Jane from Middle School, where she takes solace in her favorite 8-bit video game, to adulthood, where the game seems to follow her with its all-knowing gaze, helping her navigate her growing pains. As she grapples with what it is she truly wants, Jane meets someone entirely unexpected: her own great-great-grandmother, on the Oregon Trail … in 1848.

Location: Dash Point (Federal Way); not accessible by transit.

Tickets ($39) here.

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center)
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Henry Godinez

Part theater, part revival, and all power – this one-woman show with music will have your head nodding and hands clapping from start to finish.

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer tells the impassioned story of American civil rights activist and hero, Fannie Lou Hamer. From her humble origins as the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper, to co-founding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and demanding recognition at the National Democratic Convention, hers is a story of justice that will not be denied.

A co-commission with Goodman Theatre.

Location: Seattle Center (Mercer side)

Tickets ($24-$98) here.

Seattle Rep is now offering a limited number of PWYC tickets for all performances. See policies and info here.

 

Mala @ Seattle Public Theater (Seattle – Green Lake)
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

By Melinda Lopez
Directed by Sophie Franco

Mala is a darkly funny tale about what it means to put our loved ones first, right to the very end, and what happens when we strive to be good but don’t always succeed. It is a comical and brutally honest look at family dynamics, including stubborn parents and unequipped children, and explores the unsentimental poetry of everyday life. A one-woman tour-de-force for a powerful actress, Mala careens from comedy to deep pathos, while having the toughest conversation about the most common of events—the end of life.

Location: The Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake

Tickets ($5-$50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Monsters of the American Cinema @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

By Christian St. Croix

When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a Black man, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater and a caregiver to his late husband’s straight, white teenage son, Pup. United by their love of classic American monster movies, the two have developed a warm and caring familial chemistry – but their relationship fractures when Remy discovers Pup and his friends have been bullying a gay teen at his school. Monsters of the American Cinema is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.

Location: West Seattle junction

Tickets ($18.50-$123.50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Photograph 51 – UW Drama @ Jones Playhouse (Seattle – U-District)
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

By Anna Zeigler
Directed by Amanda Rountree

In 1951, chemist Rosalind Franklin works relentlessly in her King’s College London lab, closing in on a major discovery that could unlock the mysteries of the DNA molecule. Undermined by her colleague Maurice Wilkins, she struggles to compete with rival team Watson and Crick as pressure intensifies to produce results. Anna Zeigler’s “rich, complex, and moving” (The Chicago Tribune) play honors the monumental contribution of one scientist with two X chromosomes whom history nearly left behind. Second-year MFA director Amanda Rountree makes her UW Drama mainstage debut.

Previews 1/22 & 1/25

Location: the Ave, just west of UW main campus

Tickets ($23) here.

 

Silent Sky @ Tacoma Little Theatre (Tacoma)
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm

The true story of a brilliant, history-making woman, hitherto unknown to many of us.

This true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

Location: “I” St., near Wright Park (Tacoma)

Tickets ($27) here; PWYC night on 2/3.

 

Dragon Mama @ Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm

By Sara Porkalob

How does a Dragon earn her wings? Maria Porkalob, Jr., yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA, can offer. When presented with an opportunity to make a quick fortune, Maria must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter Sara for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational trauma.

Traversing 25 years filled with queer love in a barren land, Dragon Mama features ghosts, Filipino gangsters, and a dope ‘80s and ‘90s soundtrack.

Ten tickets each night are designated as Community Tickets: Discounted tickets designed to make art more accessible. Created and available for students, artists, BIPOC, and anyone for whom the higher ticket price is a barrier.

Optional: Add a pre-show dinner in The Knife Room at Nordo, by Chef Aaron Verzosa of Archipelago. (Note: The Knife Room is not wheelchair accessible and is only reachable by stairs.)

Tickets ($25-$50, sliding scale) here.

 

Hotter Than Egypt @ ACT Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm

By Yussef El Guindi
Directed by John Langs
Dramaturged by Nakissa Etemad

How far do you have to go to find yourself?

ACT Theatre in association with Marin Theatre Company presents Hotter Than Egypt, Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi’s new dramedy set in the heat of Cairo. Dreams and relationships are put to the test when old connections lead to new temptations.

Hotter than Egypt, recently workshopped through the ACT Local program, is a vivid new work from the audience favorite and award-winning author of Threesome, Ramayana, and People of the Book.

Tickets ($27-$50) here.

 

See How They Run @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm

By Philip King
Directed by Karen Lund

All Penelope wants is an evening out on the town; even vicars’ wives deserve a little fun. But between a buzzed busybody in the closet, a volley of vicars galloping across the lawn, and a Soviet spy on the loose, her night of fun creates mayhem for all. Precocious and preposterous, this comedy is pure pandemonium!

Tickets ($20-$50, depending on date) here; PWYC night on 2/2.

 

She Kills Monsters @ Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts (Marysville)
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm

By Qui Nguyen

The fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons collides with reality as popular teen Agnes dives in to try and understand her deceased younger sister.

Tickets ($22) here.

 

The Haunting of Hill House @ Lakewood Playhouse (Lakewood)
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm

Cut off from the outside world by its remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent except for the daily visits of its grumbling caretaker, Mrs. Dudley. Its isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, an investigator of supernatural phenomena who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three others, all unacquainted, but all having their particular reasons for accepting Dr. Montague’s invitation to share his Hill House sojourn. As subsequent events bear out, the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a new and, for one of those present, fatal fury.

Location: Lakewood Towne Center (Lakewood)

Tickets ($27) here.

 

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[POSTPONED – THIS SHOW DATE IS CANCELLED] Beowulf – Book-It Repertory Theatre @ Center Theatre (Seattle Center)
Jan 30 @ 2:00 pm

Adapted by Julian Glover
From translations by Michael Alexander & Edwin Morgan
Directed by Gus Menary
Starring Brandon J. Simmons

Hear! Listen! Hwaet!

As we gather together in the dark to hear a tale of long, long ago, so too did the thegns and folk gather in the King’s hall seeking shelter from the beasts that lurk in the night.

Our hero, Beowulf, travels to King Hrothgar’s land to defeat a monster and save a kingdom, for that is what great heroes do. But Grendel, the creature condemned by God, is grim and vengeful, strong and horrible. Beowulf and a few brave enough to join him, embark on the quest to vanquish the foul fiend. Courage, cunning, and might may win the day and the laurels of battle, but once an adventurer, always an adventurer. Beowulf’s life continues anon with heroic and mighty deeds until a Dragon is awoken and the elder statesman must face a final test of his bravery, alone. This mythic tale, over one thousand years old, cries to be experienced aloud, reminding us of the importance of a good story well told.

Location: Seattle Center Armory, lower level

Tickets ($36.50-$53.50, depending on show time) here.