Fall Arts Preview

In rehearsal rooms and practice spaces all over town, a wave of creative energy is gathering speed and strength, preparing to crash onto the stage this season.

While poring over the performing arts line-up for the next few months, a few intriguing themes emerged. A number of this fall’s shows have an international focus or flavor, traveling to or from Thailand, Japan, Sri Lanka, Newfoundland, Paris and Prague. Another set reflect a trend toward meta-art, with performances inspired by paintings (Jacob Lawrence), books (Carver and Joyce) and even The Simpsons (the “Cape Feare” episode specifically). Then there is the bedrock of timeless classics and an abundant crop of contemporary works—all of which provide a lens through which we can see today’s world more clearly.

Newcomers are breaking out. Companies are hitting their strides. And creative genesis is in great supply. Among the 21 recommendations in the pages that follow, a whopping seven of them are world premieres, new work wrought from nothing into something.

We’re ready. Let the season begin.


Come From Away (Seattle Repertory Theatre)

Bohemia (Nordo’s Culinarium)

La Mélancolie des dragons (On the Boards)

Sankai Juku (UW World Series)

The Pearl Fishers (Seattle Opera)

Waterfall (5th Avenue Theatre)


Inner Galactic (Velocity Dance Center)

Girl Gods (On the Boards)

A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light (ACT Theatre)

Festen (New Century Theatre Company)

Sound (Azeotrope Theatre Company)

Water by the Spoonful (Theatre22)

If/Then (Paramount Theatre)


The Children’s Hour (Intiman Theatre)

A View From the Bridge (Seattle Repertory Theatre)

Mother Courage and Her Children (Seattle Shakespeare Company)

Strauss Zarathustra (Seattle Symphony Orchestra)

Art About Art

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (ACT Theatre)

Sonic Evolution: Under the Influence (Seattle Symphony Orchestra)

Bloomsday (ACT Theatre)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Book-It Repertory Theatre)