August 6, 2013

Mayor’s Office
P.O. Box 94749
Seattle, WA 98124­4749

Dear Mayor McGinn,

My name is Andrew Russell and I’m the Producing Artistic Director at Intiman Theatre. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few times at various functions related to the performing arts in Seattle. Thank you for your advocacy for those of us in the theatre community.

I’m writing to invite you or someone from your staff to attend a performance of Trouble In Mind by Alice Childress. Alice Childress wrote a comedic play in 1955 about a newly integrated company of actors and the conversation it provokes about race, representation, and understanding is intensely relevant today.

CityArts describes the experience as such: “Intiman’s sublime Trouble In Mind has perfect timing… For the first time in years, I wept through a curtain call, brought to tears by the forceful, steady truth of this production. It’s the kind of experience that reminds me why theatre is necessary: to bring us face to face with our collective humanity.”

The Examiner has called this a “triumphant production,” and in the very positive Seattle Times review Misha Berson writes: “In light of the exoneration of the suspicious neighbor who stalked and fatally shot Florida teen Trayvon Martin, and the candid comments about race in the U.S. by our first black president, it’s as if director Valerie Curtis­-Newton consulted a crystal ball when she pitched Trouble In Mind to Intiman.” If I were to list the amount of rave reviews this would be a long letter, so I will suffice it to say the show has been embraced by audiences and critics, and promises a very entertaining night of theatre.

Our goal at Intiman Theatre is to produce theatre that is relevant to our time and as diverse as the community in which we live. We believe strongly that as many people as possible should see this. If you or the city of Seattle were to issue a statement of support for this important play it would have a very positive outcome, and would deepen an important American conversation that is relevant to many in the Puget Sound region.

Please consider joining us. Thank you. Very sincerely yours,

Andrew Russell

Producing Artistic Director

Intiman Theatre