What: Parradise Lost – (Pay What You Can)
When: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 7:30 PM
201 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
March 19 – April 25, 2010
*Pay What You Can Night* March 24th 7:30pm
Life shouldn’t be printed on dollar bills.
Paradise Lost conjures a remembered time when gangsters, dreamers, agitators and idealists were the people who formed the hopeful heart of the American Dream. This rarely produced classic (now part of an Odets renaissance that kicked off with Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed production of Awake and Sing! for Lincoln Center Theater) teems with life, taking us deep into the relationships, passions and dreams of a middle-class family trying to survive the hardscrabble time of the Great Depression. Dámaso Rodriguez, the Associate Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse and Co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed Furious Theatre Company, directs a stellar company of actors from Seattle and Los Angeles.
Dámaso Rodriguez: “Urgently relevant and completely of its moment in history when it premiered in 1935, Paradise Lost somehow manages to be a play for our own troubled times. As Odets writes, ‘even backwards is going ahead.’ I think audiences will make an intense connection with his beautifully drawn characters and find comfort in looking back at our Depression-Era selves.”
* “It is my hope that when people see Paradise Lost, they’re going to be glad they are alive.” -Odets
* Captures the American spirit of reaching for the stars even from the depths of despair
* A big, striking ensemble play featuring 14 actors from Seattle and Los Angeles
NOTE: Tickets for “Pay What You Can” go on sale at noon on the day of the show. A minimum donation of $5 per ticket is requested. Purchases are limited to a maximum of 4 tickets per person. All sales are cash only. They will probably sell out quickly so I’d suggest getting in line before noon to grab a ticket or make arrangements for someone to grab a ticket for you if they are picking one up for themselves (please arrange this among yourselves by posting details in the comments section below).