Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents:

The Night Watcher

by Charlayne Woodard

Starring Charlayne Woodard

Directed by Daniel Sullivan

September 25 - October 26, 2008

(Opening Night: Wednesday, October 1)

Seattle, WA - Seattle Repertory Theatre welcomes back former Artistic Director Daniel Sullivan as he directs Charlayne Woodard in her new solo piece, The Night Watcher. The Night Watcher plays in the Leo K. Theatre from September 25 through October 26. Previews begin September 25, with opening night set for October 1. Tickets are available through the Seattle Repertory Theatre box office seven days a week at (206) 443-2222, toll-free at (877) 900-9285, as well as online at www.seattlerep.org.

Playwright and actress Charlayne Woodard (Pretty Fire, Purgatorio) and director Daniel Sullivan return to Seattle Rep with Woodard's new, inspiring one-woman show. Aunt, godmother and friend to countless kids, Woodard beautifully weaves together stories of the ordinary and extraordinary ways she's mentored the children in her life.

Ms. Woodard has written four solo plays and has had the honor and good fortune to work on all four with Daniel Sullivan. Her first solo play, Pretty Fire, received L.A. Drama Critics and NAACP awards for best play and best playwright. Neat was developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Her third solo play, In Real Life, was commissioned by Center Theatre Group and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and was developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Ms. Woodard received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for best solo performance. The Night Watcher is her most recent work. Ms. Woodard is also an accomplished actor whose recent film credits include M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable; Nicholas Hytner's The Crucible; and John Schlesinger's Eye for an Eye. Television credits include recurring roles on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Law and Order: SVU and ER. Ms. Woodard was trained at Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and is a member of The Actor's Studio.

Daniel Sullivan has directed in theatres both nationally and abroad. Mr. Sullivan's Tony-nominated revival of The Homecoming by Harold Pinter was on Broadway this past season. Recent Broadway credits include Prelude to a Kiss, Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, The Retreat from Moscow, Proof (Tony Award), Morning's At Seven, I'm Not Rappaport, Major Barbara, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Heidi Chronicles, Conversations With My Father, Lincoln Center's Ah! Wilderness, The Sisters Rosensweig, and An American Daughter. From 1981 to 1997, Mr. Sullivan served as Artistic Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre, where he directed more than 60 productions including Uncle Vanya, She Stoops To Conquer, Inspecting Carol, As You Like It, and Major Barbara, among many others. He established Seattle Rep's new play program, developing new works by Jon Robin Baitz, Herb Gardner, Arthur Miller, Wendy Wasserstein, Charlayne Woodard, and William Mastrosimone, among others. Mr. Sullivan teaches in the theatre department at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and was the Acting Artistic Director at Manhattan Theatre Club for the 2007-2008 season.

Performances of The Night Watcher are at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sundays. There will be no performance on Thursday, October 2. Post-play discussions will be held after performances on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 19 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 at 2 p.m. There is an audio-described performance on Saturday, October 25 at 2 p.m. and an American Sign Language (ASL)-interpreted performance on Sunday, October 26 at 2 p.m.

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