Don't Miss Cate Wiley's New Play, "The Liberation"

The 14/48 Partner Projects, in collaboration with Ghost Light Theatricals, will be presenting the world premiere of Cate Wiley's brand new play “The Liberation” at the Ballard Underground November 2 - 17, 2018. The Salon hosted a staged reading of Cate’s script in March and couldn’t be more thrilled to see it hit the stage.

Set against the background of terrorist attacks in Paris, “The Liberation” asks how far women have come from the sexual double standards of the past. After a scandal forces her out of her position as a history professor at a prestigious university, Marianne moves to Paris to reinvent herself. When a bright young assistant and the son of her lover from graduate school each appear, full of hope, on Marianne's doorstep, she's forced to wrestle with who she is and how she can move forward.

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Seattle Playwright Benjamin Benne’s Tight New Tragedy Alma Shines at Theatre Battery in Kent

Courtesy of Theatre Battery

Courtesy of Theatre Battery

Alma works three low-paid jobs and sleeps on the couch to keep herself and her 17-year old daughter Angel fed, clothed, and housed in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in December 2016, somewhere in California.  She’s laser-focused on getting Angel to college and into a well-paid profession. Tomorrow is the SAT exam, and Alma is at fever-pitch to make sure Angel is prepared. She’s been drilling her daughter with flash cards since she was age four and, against the grain, she’s taken off work early to help Angel study. But Angel comes home late smelling of alcohol. She insists she won’t take the exam, and didn’t register for it.

Benjamin Benne’s Alma (@nowall) reveals, with the tense pacing of a thriller, why Angel rebels against her mother’s command. Outside the walls of their apartment, imagined as menacing darkness in Lex Marcos’s and Amber Parker’s brilliant set and lighting design, the weight of immigration policy is palpable and inescapable. Alma and Angel’s fight becomes tragic in its original dramatic sense: there is no solution or escape that is just. The tragic dilemma between the duty of love against law, cultural norms, and economic imperatives uncovers the question that our society must urgently answer:  how do we, in the words of philosopher Martha Nussbaum, “construct a world in which such conflicts do not confront our citizens, or confront them as rarely as possible.”

The fearless Anabel Hovig as Alma and the incandescent Klarissa Marie Robles as Angel are perfectly cast as striving immigrant mother and slacker US-born daughter. They are mesmerizing as they reveal the layer after layer those stereotypes cover up. Alma (@nowall) is directed with insight and daring by Brandon J. Simmons, and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through September 1 at Theatre Battery, 444 Ramsay Way, Suite 107, Kent, Washington. Theatre Battery practices “radical hospitality” and admission is free.