“One of the strongest acting ensembles I’ve seen in a long time…
a reminder of the heartstopping power of beautiful theatre.” -CityArts

Directed by Ryan Purcell | Developed by & Featuring The Williams Project


When a mysterious musician named Val arrives in a sleepy southern town, he quickly falls for Lady, a lonely immigrant shopkeeper held hostage by her failing marriage and tragic past.

A rural Orpheus, Val descends into the hell of the surprisingly hot-tempered town, determined to escape with his beloved and find new life.

In this bold, new staging of a rarely seen Williams classic, eight actors begin with a black box space, then create a gloriously irreverent, fully-staged production in real-time before — and among— the audience.


Intiman offers $20 tickets for select patrons – click here to learn more!


12 Ave Arts LogoOrpheus Descending marks Intiman’s first foray to Capitol Hill, proudly presented on the new 12th Ave Arts Mainstage.


Performance Dates
Meet The Cast
About The Williams Project
About the Company-in-Residence Program