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7:00 - 9:00 PM at The Conservatory Seattle

Directed by Kristina Sutherland Rowell

How do you  know when you're sleeping with the enemy?

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. Marianne has lost her position as History Professor at a prestigious university, after a trumped up sex scandal, and has moved to Paris to reinvent herself. When she reconnects with her lover from graduate school, she will reexamine who she is, what she has done, and where she wants to go.


Janet Hietter---Marianne

Isis King---Sunny

Gabriel Klein---Joel

Steven Sterne---Bernie


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Catherine Wiley - Playwright

Catherine Wiley’s plays have been seen at the Denver Center New Play Summit Playwrights Slam, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Athena Project Plays in Progress series, And Toto Too Company’s Play Crawl, One Night Stand and other venues. Her best-known work is Sheltered, based on stories by homeless women. Catherine studied community-based theater at Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, and won a scholarship for the Kenyon Playwriting Conference. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Colorado Denver.

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Kristina Sutherland Rowell - Director

Kristina Sutherland Rowell is a director, teaching artist, playwright and actor based in Seattle. She is the co-founder and Education Director of Mode Music and Performing Arts, Kristina was most recently the Education Director at Studio East, training for the performing arts (2015-2018). She co-founded and is the former Artistic Director of Macha Monkey Productions (2001-2016,) a company dedicated to creating and producing new theatre works featuring strong female characters. She has over 15 years of professional teaching experience in the Puget Sound region and enjoys leading acting, stage combat, directing, and play creation classes for students of all ages. Kristina has taught theatre arts classes at many Northwest nonprofit arts organizations including  Macha Monkey Productions, Youth Theatre Northwest, Icicle Creek Arts Center, The Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Seattle Repertory Theatre,  A Contemporary Theatre, and Red Eagle Soaring.  She is also the author of several critically acclaimed plays including Thebes and Franklin and Figaro. Her plays have been produced in Seattle, across Canada in numerous fringe theatre festivals and in Albuquerque’s Revolutions Festival. Kristina received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Washington University and her Master in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. 

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Janey Hietter - Marianne

Janet most recently appeared in Greg Brisendine’s No Strings Attached at 18th & Union.  She has performed in staged readings Deadline 2037! and On Cabin Creek with Seattle Playwrights Salon and Inherit the Wind with Hit & Run Theatre at Town Hall.  In Seattle Janet previously performed with Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive, Stone Soup Theatre and Seattle’s One-Minute Play Festival at ACT.  Her film credits include The Statistician, Rogue Saints, Distant Beats and Last Rites.  In Columbus, Ohio she performed in Life and Limb, Independence, and Talking With at Contemporary American Theatre Company and in The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca, Summer and Smoke, Romantic Comedy, You Can’t Take It With You and Mister Roberts with Players Theatre Columbus. She also performed with Gallery Players, The Ohio State University, and in several corporate training films and television commercials.

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Isis King - Sunny

Isis King is excited to be a part of the talented cast of The Liberation, and make her debut with
Seattle Playwrights Salon! Previous Seattle productions include Joy Ride, A Long Dark Ride, 
Beautiful Moon, Venus, Maiden Voyage and Crooked Grace with Parley (where she is an
Associate Artist); Unexpected Wilderness with Annex Theatre, and various short play festivals
with Studio4Seattle. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies
from CUNY Hunter College, and you may have see her in such TV shows as The Good Wife
and Smash. Much love to Jim for his support of her crazy theatre life!


Gabriel Klein - Joel

Gabriel is a young stage manager and theater artist. Previously, he has stage managed for Seattle
Public Theater's Mainstage and Education Program, Macha Theatre Works, Penguin
Productions, and Theatre22. Gabriel is a stage manager, an actor, a feminist, an editor, a gamer, 
and a passionate advocate for youth rights. When he isn't making theatre, Gabriel enjoys taking very, 
very long walks, consuming soy-based meal replacements, and challenging gender roles. Thanks to his family, 
whether they be by blood or by choice.


Steven Sterne - Bernie

Steven Sterne is an director, actor, teaching artist and photographer. He has performed with Ghost Light, the 1448 Projects, Annex, Infinity Box, Seattle Public Theater, Theater Anonymous, Live Girls!, and others. You can see him next in Washington Ensemble Theater’s production of The Nether, this April and May.

Steven is excited to be working with Seattle Playwrights Salon.

Steven is a Board member with The 14/48 Projects, a teaching artist in the Seattle Public Theater Youth Program, and is married  to playwright Jennifer Dice. They have two theatrical offspring, Olivia and Aaron.