2018 Fall Arts Guide

Our picks for more than two dozen of the season's most compelling shows, plus Q&As with five leading local artists.

This performance season unleashes a flood of creative ingenuity and original voices in theater, dance and music. Here are the standout shows and artists to get excited about.

Richard III

Sarah Harlett leads an all-female version of Shakespeare’s political war drama, playing one of theatrical history’s most complex villains.

Jerome Robbins Festival

Pacific Northwest Ballet celebrates the great choreographer’s work and the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Skeleton Crew

“We’re all tired of seeing plays, movies, TV shows where people of color are in a tragic situation.” Director Jay O’Leary and actor Tracy Michelle Hughes in conversation.

Jasmine Joshua on new musicals, the Lioness Quartet and nontraditional casting

Our Carnal Hearts

British artist Rachel Mars uses song and satire to investigate how pervasive, yet taboo, emotions like envy and competition affect our everyday choices.


Kin of the Moon and Karin Stevens Dance present two electroacoustic works about transformation and creation.

Courtesy of Seattle Opera.

The Turn of the Screw

For costume designer Deborah Trout, the storytelling of this ghostly Seattle Opera production begins with color.

Ray Tagavilla on Reckless, eating during shows and stage fright

Anansi and the Halfling

Madison Jade Jones’ new play tells the story of a young black woman descended from an ancient line of storytellers blessed by the gods.

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez on Native Gardens, Latinx characters and imagination

Everything You Touch

Maggie Rogers directs Sheila Callaghan’s play for Washington Ensemble Theatre


Photo from Howard Barnes.

The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes

Scenic designer Christopher Mumaw suggests that you “expect the unexpected” in this world premiere musical.

ACT artistic director John Langs on building community through making art

Choreographic Shindig

For Whim W’him’s annual mixed-bill spectacular, the dancers curate the show.

Amy J Lambert on isolation, marimba and fitting in


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