New City Theater, an artist-run alternative theater, is continuing their vision of biannual Shakespeare productions with the Bard’s final work, The Tempest, opening Thursday, March 31. The production includes Seattle theatre veterans (Susan Corzatte) and up-and-comers (Meme Garcia, Harry Todd Jamieson) alike, and will be under the direction of New City co-founders John Kazanjian and Mary Ewald. The modest performing space–new to New City, at 18th and Union–informs the theater’s vision, which tends towards stripped-down performances with focus on language and innovative direction rather than sensational sets or gaudy costuming.
About New City Theater:
The New City aims to commission and produce language centered plays that engage the socio-political issues of our time and now, in our final artistic movement, expand our repertoire to include bi-annual productions of Shakespeare’s canon. Playwrights have included: Wallace Shawn, Caryl Churchill, Jean Genet, Susan-Lori Parks, Eric Bogosian, Maria Irene Fornes, David Greenspan, Harry Kondoleon, Richard Nelson, Sam Shepard, Neil Labute, David Mamet, Craig Lucas, Christopher Durang, and John O’Keefe.
Past productions have been highly praised, but the space is small and tickets are limited–buy them early here. The Tempest runs through April 30.
The Tempest at New City Theater
When: Opens Thursday, March 31 at 7:30pm. Runs Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 30.
Where: New City Theater (1406 18th Ave E)