Hot on the heels their well received Of Mice and Men Production, Seattle Repertory Theater is putting on what will be a first for Seattle, and everything else west of the Rocky Mountains: Melissa James Gibson’s This. This has been an off Broadway hit here in America, and in its homeland of Canada as well. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Rep puts on some of the Emerald City’s best shows, so I’m really excited to see what they do with this play.
The show itself is a comedy that follows a close knit group of friends as they deal with the fallout of their romantic choices. Each member of the five person cast is a talented veteran of the stage. The director, Braden Abraham, has worked with the Rep many times in the past. He has also directed for Washington Ensemble Theater, Theater Schmeater, and a number of others.
Author Melissa James Gibson is something all too rare in this day and age: a successful modern playwright. It’s just hard to compete with the classics of old, but Gibson has done that and more. Though not an actor herself, she has an acting background that gives her valuable insight into the process. Much of her work deals with close relationships between people and the absurd situations that occur in everyday life; perfect topics for a modern playwright. For any who are interested, the Rep’s website has an excellent interview with Ms. Gibson in which she describes her process and inspiration. It can be found here.
This opens at the Rep’s Leo K. Theater this coming Friday (April 8, 2011) at 7:30pm. Performances will run until the 24th. Tickets are available here. Get there half an hour early on the 8th, 9th, 10th or 12th for a special pre-show discussion of the production. What’s more, on the 17th, 20th, 21st and 24th there will be after-show question and answer sessions with the cast. Check out the Rep’s website for even more special events.
Melissa James Gibson’s work has all the makings of great theater, and combined with some of the best talent Seattle has to offer, it’s sure to be a fantastic show. I hope to see you there.