A new play about Hurricane Katrina, an auto-biographical work by humorist Kevin Kling, two plays about Cubans, and a love story by Kentucky Cycle scribe Robert Schenkkan will help comprise Seattle Rep's 2007-08 season.
Announced March 12, the mainstage season (in the Bagley Wright Theater) will open with Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, followed by Eduardo Machado's The Cook, about a Cuban maid who promises to look after a house even after Castro has driven out its wealthy tenants.
The Breach, which just had its staged-reading debut at Florida Stage's 1st Stage Festival, is Catherine Filloux, Tarell McCraney and Joe Sutton's look at the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Lighter fare follows, with a staging of Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid. Then it's back to tragedy with Seamus Heaney's adaptation of the Philoctetes myth, The Cure at Troy.
On the Leo K. second stage, Schenkkan's By the Waters of Babylon charts the romance of a recluse and her gardener. That's followed by how? How? why? why?, penned by National Public Radio regular Kevin Kling following a motorcycle crash that, according to NPR, "broke his right shoulder and hand, tearing nerve endings that left his arm temporarily paralyzed and severely weakened. He shattered several facial bones; surgeons had to rebuild his right eye socket and put his teeth back into place."
No stranger to dark comedy, Jeffrey Hatcher (Three Viewings, Compleat Female Stage Beauty), brings Murderers to the Leo K. It's about three old folks in a retirement home. They're adorable, but they also happen to be guilty of, well, murder.
Ending the season isDoug Wright's 2004 Pulitzer winner, I Am My Own Wife, about a transvestite who survived both the Nazi and Communist eras in Berlin.
Founded in 1963, Seattle Rep (seattlerep.org) won the 1990 Regional Theater Tony and is currently run by artistic director David Esbjornson. Shows in the current season include The Lady from Dubuque, Gem of the Ocean, Fire on the Mountain and Doubt.