Along with all the new plays, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes news from the theater world:
–As the curtain went up on ArtsWest‘s new show, Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming,” the theater also unveiled a redesigned logo and website, a freshened-up Runnings Family Gallery, repairs and upgrades to plumbing and the theater floor, and plans to roll out a new ticketing system by Nov. 30.
—Taproot Theatre has just announced that “The Matchmaker” has been extended an extra week, to Oct. 26.
The theater also marked another important step in its comeback from the 2009 arson that left its Greenwood theater heavily damaged from smoke and water. Taproot’s administrative offices are the first to move into The Kendall Center, the newly built space you may have noticed going up next to the existing theater. The center, which isn’t yet open to the public, also houses a black-box theater, cafe, dressing rooms and a scene shop.
And there’s this, from Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson:
American Theatre Magazine has announced the top 10 most-produced plays in the upcoming theater season, and Seattle theaters have produced more than half the scripts on the list recently, or will be soon. (This year’s list actually comprises 14 plays, as there was a tie for slot No. 10)
“Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris, “Red” by John Logan, “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza and “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire have been produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre. In 2013-14, the Rep will present the play that’s first on the Top 10 list: “Venus in Fur” by David Ives, which will be mounted by a total of 22 companies this season. ACT has produced “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz, and next year will stage Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Taproot Theatre has presented Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man.” Seattle Children’s Theatre put on Katie Mitchell’s adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book “The Cat in the Hat.”
No Seattle theater has yet announced plans to present “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall; Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles;” “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour, “Tribes,” by Nina Raine, or “Water by the Spoonful” by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Note: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will stage Hudes’ play in 2014.