Ruth and the Sea / Tall Tales of the Unnatural Frontier

Presented by Pacific Play Company
RUTH AND THE SEA by Morgan Ludlow will play December 3, 5, 11, 12, 17, 19 @ 8pm
TALL TALES OF THE UNNATURAL FRONTIER will play December 4, 10, 18 @ 8pm, December 12, @ 3pm

ABOUT RUTH AND THE SEA: Ruth, a feisty mid-western grandmother, has her Christmas party plans interrupted with news that she probably won’t live to see the coming spring. Preferring madcap adventure over chemo, she grabs all the hard liquor, drains her bank account and convinces her re-hab skipping dope fiend grandson to embark on a cross country trek to find the shore-side contentment of her youth, one last time. Though at opposite ends of the spectrum, old lady and aging hipster (all-the-time pursued by Ruth’s no-nonsense daughter-in-law, her over-protective ex, and a down-and-out Dolly Parton impersonator) find themselves bonding in unexpected ways even as Ruth inevitably drifts into death. Never maudlin, never predictable, Ruth and the Sea turns the American Christmas story on its ear, re-inventing its own archetypes and eschewing holiday schmaltz as it takes the audience on a search for nothing less than the meaning of life.

Directed by | Maureen Hawkins

MAREN COMMENDANT | Production Stage Manager
SANDRA BODMAN | Assistant Stage Manager
HEATHER BERNADETTE | Costumes & Props
CAROLINA JOHNSON | Lighting Design
BRANDON ESTRELLA | Set Design
LINDSEY MORCK | Sound Design

Featuring: Ruth McRee, Geoff Finney, Lori Lee Haener, Erin Ison, David Klein, Eleanor Moseley

-IN REPERTORY-

ABOUT TALL TALES OF THE UNNATURAL FRONTIER: Tall Tales of the Unnatural Frontier is a shadowy slice of dark Americana, exploring a time when the country’s founding ideals were still waiting for their time to truly flower ­ and a time when the sway of the rational intellect had yet to reach all parts of a land steeped in folklore and legend. Civilization would someday tame the unnatural frontier ­and the wanderers who made it their home ­ but not before a few extremely tall tales seared their way into our nation’s collective subconscious memory, whispered around the dying campfire of an elusive moment in history.

TALL TALES OF THE UNNATURAL FRONTIER
Curated by Scotto Moore with plays by Kelleen Conway Blanchard, Morgan Ludlow, Scotto Moore, Juliet Waller Pruzan and Jennifer Lynne Roberts

Directed by | Jen Moon

MAREN COMMENDANT | Production Stage Manager
SANDRA BODMAN | Assistant Stage Manager
HEATHER BERNADETTE | Costumes & Props
CAROLINA JOHNSON | Lighting Design
BRANDON ESTRELLA | Set Design
LINDSEY MORCK | Sound Design

Featuring: Michael Ryan Blackwood, Marquicia Dominguez, Tom Fraser, Lori Lee Haener, Drew Hobson & Sydney Tucker

ABOUT PACIFIC PLAY COMPANY: Pacific Play Company is a new Seattle-based theatre company devoted to staging world and regional premiere plays by American playwrights with an emphasis on local writers. We value not only quality production elements, but strive for a creative and fun production environment.

Pacific Play Company will be a locally run, locally cast, locally produced forum for emerging regional theatre artists in the Seattle Area. We seek to celebrate the collective imagination and encourage the exchange of ideas by presenting innovative and thought-provoking plays and events in the city of Seattle. We nurture local professional theatre artists and we contribute to the American theatre by commissioning, developing and presenting world premiere plays.

TICKET PRICES FOR BOTH SHOWS:
$12.00 in Early Bird (November 9-29)
$18.00 General Admission (online)
$20.00 General Admission (at the door)
$35.00 Pacific Play Plus (online-premium reserved seats)

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