Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents:

The Three Musketeers

Adapted from the novel by Alexander Dumas

by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Kyle Donnelly

October 2 - November 15, 2008

(Opening Night: Friday, October 10)

Seattle, WA - Seattle Repertory Theatre brings the sword-fighting fun of The Three Musketeers to the stage in a new family-friendly, fast-paced adaptation. The Three Musketeers plays in the Bagley Wright Theatre from October 2 through November 15. Previews begin October 2, with opening night set for October 10. 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.

Bring your family to this fresh, fast-paced, and hilarious adaptation of one of literature's most thrilling romantic adventures. The dashing musketeers-and one plucky kid sister-swashbuckle their way through nefarious villains, international intrigue, and exotic ladies. It's "all for one and one for all!" in an action-packed update of this beloved classic.

Kids get in free with paid adult tickets on October 5 for a special 3 p.m. family matinee of The Three Musketeers. Pre-show workshops include sword, hat and costume making. Kids will be knighted as a Musketeer before enjoying the performance.

Ken Ludwig has had a number of hits on Broadway, in London and around the world, including Crazy For You, which won the Tony and Oliver Awards for Best Musical, Lend Me A Tenor, which won two Tonys and the Oliver Award nomination for Best Play and was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Moon Over Buffalo, which marked Carol Burnett's return to Broadway and starred Joan Collins and Frank Langella at the Old Vic in London, Twentieth Century with Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche, the Broadway musical The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, and Shakespeare In Hollywood, which won the Helen Hayes Award as Best New Play of the Year. His plays have been translated into over 20 languages. He studied music at Harvard with Leonard Bernstein and theatre history at Cambridge University in England.

Kyle Donnelly recently directed her adaptation of Polk County at Berkeley Rep, a production she also staged in its world premiere for Arena Stage, winning the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Musical. She has directed the world premiere of Shakespeare in Hollywood for Arena Stage, The Constant Wife for American Conservatory Theater, A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Old Globe Theatre, and Philadelphia Here I Come! for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Ms. Donnelly directed the American premiere of Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! for Roundabout Theatre and has worked at The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ACT Theatre, and many others. She is the head of the Professional Actor Training program at U.C.S.D. in San Diego.

Performances of The Three Musketeers are at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sundays. Family Day is Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m. with pre-show activities starting at 2 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can performance is Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. Post-play discussions will be held after performances on Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, October 26 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m. There is an audio-described performance on Saturday, November 1 at 2 p.m. and an American Sign Language (ASL)-interpreted performance on Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m.

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