Stick Fly, our first major production of 2016, opens May 26.


We cannot believe it has been half a decade since we reorganized Intiman Theatre into a smaller and more agile producing company. What a thrill it has been to evolve and grow with you as a new-old theatre company.

Throughout Seattle – and America – people are having a growing conversation about how we see ourselves and our neighbors, and how we share space as community. With this dialogue comes a demand for bold and diverse stories. In response to this need, we’ve chosen to present a festival dedicated to great American plays by Black women in different venues.

One of the benefits of our seasonal producing model is the opportunity to “deep dive” into our relationships and partnerships in order to create meaningful community engaged professional theatre. By doing this we enjoy the rich universal discoveries that come from spending time with specific communities.

We felt it wasn’t enough to ask one play by a Black woman to speak for the entire canon of remarkable plays by Black women. We are making it possible for our patrons to hear from almost 20 different Black writers who are women – through main-stage productions, training programs, readings, summits and more.

Together, we are creating a moment worthy of national attention. One that says these writers are valued even in the fifth whitest city in the country. That says: look at how rich the fabric of our community is, look at how we embrace the challenge of bridging our differences , look at how we are willing to face the fear around confronting the issue of race. We believe that the stories these writers are telling are important, entertaining and will be moving – for everyone.

Stick Fly is the perfect play to kick-off this year’s festival. Lydia R. Diamond penned an all-American play where the struggles and joys that come out around the dinner table of one family represent the struggles and joys of an entire country. This play is sharp, funny, illuminating, and timely. We could not ask for a better cast, creative team, or director to bring it to life.

We are also proud to partner with the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and the Office of Arts and Culture. They have been remarkable partners and we look forward to working with them again on future productions.

While we intentionally alter our way of producing each year to serve the content and plays we produce, what you are experiencing is a model we plan to continue – producing at theatres throughout the city, collaborating with community partners, and finding new and innovative ways to connect community to professional theatre.

Thank you for your support, and for joining us at this production. We’ve been using this a lot this year, and it seems smart to conclude in this way. In the words of Lorraine Hansberry: “If you want to do something, you have to do something.” Together, we are doing something.

“If you want to do something, you have to do something.”