Thursday, September 8, 2016
|Chris Mayse as Woyzeck|
Seattle Theatre Works’ Woyzeck is a Partner Project of The 14/48 Projects.
Based on a real murder case that took place in Germany in 1821 involving one of the first insanity defenses in legal history, Woyzeck tells the story of a soldier struggling to survive abject poverty with a common law wife and new child.
To make ends meet, he does his military service, performs odd jobs for his eccentric Captain, and subjects himself to strange experiments by a Doctor who forces him to eat only a diet of peas.
As the forces bearing down on his existence begin to cause him to lose grip on his sanity, Woyzeck is forced over the edge when he discovers that his common law wife, Marie, engages in an affair with another soldier.
This production of Woyzeck is adapted and directed by Daniel Tarker. “Why produce this play in Seattle now?” asks Tarker.
“With the growing economic disparity in the city exemplified by rising housing costs and the growing homeless problem, not to mention cuts to social services programs serving populations suffering from mental illness, Woyzeck promises to provide a catalyst for discussion about these urgent social issues impacting the Seattle community.”
Collaborating with local composer and 14/48 veteran Michael Owcharuk, the cast is developing a living soundscape on stage where the performers are using their bodies and set pieces to create the soundtrack and sound effects live on stage.
Woyzeck features the acting talents of Sarah Bixler (Ensemble), Leo Campbell-Klein (Ensemble), Peter Cook (The Captain), Matthew Edwards (Andre), Mike Gilson (Drum Major), Stephanie Graham (Marie), Chris Mayse (Woyzeck), Zoey Poole (Girl), Corey Spruill (Ensemble), Aaron Sterne (Boy), and Steven Sterne (The Doctor).
Tarker is joined on the production team by Steve Cooper (Lighting), Amy LaZerte (Costumes) Michael Owcharuk (Sound / Music), and Kim Rosin (Sets), with production support from Justin Babbitt (Stage Manager) and Kali Greenberg (ASM).
Seattle Theatre Works presents Woyzeck
September 16 through October 1, 2016
Stage One Theater at North Seattle College
9600 College Way North, Seattle 98103
Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Industry Night Monday September 19 at 8 pm
Matinee Sunday Sept. 25 at 2 pm, and Thursday Sept. 29 at 8 pm.