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The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center is a vibrant theatrical and educational facility, a landmark of modern architecture built for the World’s Fair of 1962. Operated by Cornish College of the Arts as its most high-profile venue, the playhouse presents to the public a full range of professional and student performing arts productions. In its 470-seat main auditorium, its black-box theater and its generous forecourt and lobby, Cornish and its professional partners offer rich experiences not only in theater but also in dance, music and the visual arts.
Poster design: Parker Wrenn (DE '12)
The Secret Garden
April 09, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
April 10, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
April 11, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
April 12, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
April 12, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee
Choreographed by Dannul Dailey
Dance Coaching by Tinka Gutrick-Dailey
Music direction by Joshua Zimmerman
This enchanting classic of children's literature is re-imagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Orphaned in India, Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies. The 1991 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical.
Produced by the Theater and Performance Production Departments.
Photo: Chris Bennion
April 17, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
April 18, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
April 19, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
April 24, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
April 25, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
April 26, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
By Lope de Vega, translation by Adrian Mitchell
Directed by Andrew McGinn
When the town of Fuente Ovejuna is brutalized by a tyrannical commander, it falls on the shoulders of a young woman to ignite a rebellion. Written by Lope de Vega, the “Spanish Shakespeare,” and based on historical events, this neglected classic from the Spanish Golden Age is as politically charged today as it was when it was written over four hundred years ago.
Free, reservations recommended
A Midsummer Night's Dream
April 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
April 19, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
April 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
April 25, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
April 26, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
April 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
This is a free event.
“Lord what fools these mortals be!” Enjoy the foolish antics of Shakespeare’s lovesick mortals and the fairy king and queen as they wreak havoc in the forest on a Midsummer Night. Performed outside on the grounds of Seattle Center, where the weather and audience lend their own character to the adventure!
April 24 – May 11, 2014
Tickets will be available online soon.
The ultimate family drama matched by intense political intrigue, King Lear traces an aging monarch’s descent into madness. Weary of his royal duties, King Lear elects to distribute his lands among his three daughters. But sweet falsities and hubris blind Lear to the true motives of those around him, scorching king and kingdom to ashes with consequences that unearth the worst and best in human nature.
Ticket price range: $25-$48