From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson: For its first season quartered in the new 12th Avenue Arts complex on Capitol Hill — which it will share with Strawberry Theatre Workshop and New Century Theatre Company — Washington Ensemble Theatre has announced three world and local premiere productions beginning in January.
The troupe will open with the world premiere of Josh Conkel’s black comedy “Sprawl,” set at a book club meeting interrupted by the end of the world. Described as “part ‘Mars Attacks’ and part ‘Serial Mom,’ ” it will be staged by Ali Mohamed el-Gasseir. (Jan. 16-Feb 2, 2015)
The next show, the West Coast premiere of “The Tall Girls” by Meg Miroshnik, changes up the mood. It’s a Dust Bowl drama about a struggling high-school basketball team whose members are eager to escape their impoverished small town. Directed by Kelly Kitchens. (May 1-18, 2015)
Following in May (dates to be announced) will be “R.A.F.T. (Rabbits Afloat From Thuringia),” a new piece created and performed by el-Gasseir and Jonah Von Spreecken. The “ongoing all-ages weekend morning live-action cartoon series” follows two German rabbits who hope to find their fortunes in America. Next summer, WET will produce a new work in co-production with ACT Theatre, in ACT’s “Construction Zone” new plays project.