“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.
Orpheus Descending marks Intiman’s first foray to Capitol Hill, proudly presented on the new 12th Ave Arts Mainstage.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 7:30PM
Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 7:30PM
Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:30PM
Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 2:00PM
Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 7:30PM
Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 2:00PM
Tiffany Nichole Greene*
* denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
The first of the festival’s three anchor productions, Orpheus Descending highlights a new addition to Intiman’s programming, an annual Company-in-Residence.
This year, Intiman welcomes The Williams Project: an emerging community of artists led by festival alum and Seattle native Ryan Purcell dedicated to creating epic, populist theatre that encourages audiences to connect with each other through the shared experience of a play.
A Franklin High School graduate, Purcell’s first experience watching professional theatre was Intiman’s 1998 production of Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Purcell returned to Intiman in 2012 as Associate Director for Miracle!, and directed a workshop presentation of Orpheus Descending during the 2014 festival.
As Intiman’s first Company-in-Residence, The Williams Project will receive mentoring in all aspects of nonprofit arts management, and support in establishing a local audience base.
“Providing a home for artists who seek to produce socially relevant theatrical work, and who want to celebrate diversity in casting on stage, is a priority for Intiman,” said Producing Artistic Director Andrew Russell. “I am thrilled to introduce Ryan Purcell and this incredible group of actors to our festival company, audience, and community.”