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at the Intiman Theater, Seattle, WA

By David Lefkowitz

  Craig Lucas

Although his Prelude to a Kiss is currently enjoying a well-reviewed Broadway revival, Craig Lucas is getting even more action all the way on the other coast. Nearly half the season of Seattle's Intiman Theater will be devoted to Lucas' work, including a world premiere and co-sponsorship of a national tour. Lucas, the author of Reckless and Blue Window, is currently serving as Intiman's associate artistic director.

After beginning its 35th anniversary season with a revival of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth (April 28-July 2), Intiman will offer Lucas' adaptation of Uncle Vanya (June 12-July 18), Chekhov's tale of unrequited and ill-advised romances. It's the second Chekovian collaboration for Lucas and artistic director Bartlett Sher, who brought a more colloquial Three Sisters to Seattle in 2005.

Following Vanya will be the world premiere of Lucas' Prayer for My Enemy, about separated childhood friends unexpectedly reunited as adults. Sher stages this drama as well, which is said to use interior monologues, Strange Interlude-style, to shed light on the characters.

Though Lucas is not involved with the Intiman's final show, Christopher Sergel's  adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, or with the holiday return of Black Nativity, Intiman is helping co-produce the Seattle run of The Light in the Piazza, the sleeper-hit musical Lucas penned with composer/lyricist Adam Guettel , and which was initially developed at Intiman. The Broadway Across America tour stops at Seattle's Paramount, April 17-29.

Founded in 1972 by Margaret Booker, Intiman has been helmed by Sher since 2000. Based on a recommendation by the American Theater Critics Association, Intiman won the 2006 Regional Theater Tony Award.


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