The 2018 Season

Blistering, thought-provoking, music-infused, unabashedly political -The Williams Project is thrilled to announce our 2018 season

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Blood Wedding 
(A developmental production)
By Federico García Lorca
In a translation by Langston Hughes
Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell
August 2018

In an isolated village, a bride is visited on her wedding day by a former lover, sparking a sequence of events that will shock everyone from the flower girl to the Moon itself. As in their 2015 hit staging of Orpheus Descending, The Williams Project will bring the whole town to life in song, dance, and verse. With some of the best poetry ever written, in a seldom-seen translation by famed American poet Langston Hughes, Blood Wedding will explode and expand our understanding of love, violence, race, gender, sex, and community.
 
A Bright Room Called Day
By Tony Kushner
Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell
October – November, 2018
 
A new president has just come to power by the slimmest of margins. Though his rhetoric is alarming, democratic institutions are strong and the opposition is looking good heading into the next election. This is Berlin, in 1932. In Agnes Eggling’s apartment, a group of artists and activists struggle between their conscience and their comfort, trying to decide how much they are willing to sacrifice for their beliefs. First produced in 1985, this prophetic play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner is a wake-up call and warning for contemporary America, posing timely questions about citizenship, resistance, and complicity. 

Building upon The Williams Project's commitment to making theatre that sparks civic discourse and connects communities, each performance will feature a partnership with another local non-profit, highlighting for audiences ways of becoming more politically engaged.

 
 

From Artistic Director Ryan Guzzo Purcell

 
The world is on fire right now, and our season is about what it means to do something about it.

In Blood Wedding, it’s all about getting out of our houses and into the community: celebrating together, mourning together, dancing together, eating and drinking together, remembering the beautiful, messy debt we owe to our neighbors.

In A Bright Room Called Day, that call to action is even more straightforward. If we’re not careful, we will see fascism ascendant in our country. And there are specific things we need to be doing, right now, to resist it.

The Williams Project believes our darkest fears are served by division and despair, but beautiful things happen when we think and wrestle together. That’s why we make all our tickets Pay-What-You-Can. That’s why we stage shows in community spaces, to connect groups that aren’t connected. That’s why we’re partnering with musicians and dancers and community activists to bring these two plays to Seattle in 2018.