Seattle Public Theatre is proud to present The Understudy, a biting comic examination of the entertainment industry, by Peabody Award Winner and creator and producer of NBC’s Smash, Theresa Rebeck, running Friday, January 25 – Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the historic Bathhouse Theater on Green Lake.

In The Undertudy, Jake, a grossly overpaid Action Movie star, decides to turn an undiscovered Franz Kafka play into a Broadway hit. Things begin to implode when Harry, an embittered and idealistic understudy, arrives for rehearsal and discovers the stage manager is his ex-fiancée.

“The Understudy is much more than just a backstage farce,” says Director Kelly Kitchens. “It examines the collision of art and commerce and ultimately asks some hard questions about the health of the American Theater—without losing its heart for the artists struggling to make a life in this industry. Like the characters in The Understudy and in the play-within-the-play, actors have all of these unseen forces working upon their lives that can create some pretty absurd circumstances. And in the end, Rebeck’s characters have a decision to make about how to forge ahead into an uncertain future.”

The Understudy features the acting talents of Mike Dooly (Book-It’s The Art of Racing in the Rain), Brenda Joyner (Seattle Rep’s The Glass Menagerie), and John Ulman (ACT’s One Slight Hitch). Bestock showers The Understudy cast with well-deserved praise: “I’m honored to have Brenda, John, and Mike on board for this show. They are all three consummate stylists and actors of great authenticity, who bring comedic panache and soulful honesty in equal measure to their work—all three have a light touch that allows Rebeck’s play to be completely entertaining while also leaving room for the audience to tease out the themes and metaphors, and let the ideas roll around in our minds even as we are rolling on the floor with laughter.”

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 206.524.1300 or online at

Plus, on Sunday, February 3, following the 2:00pm matinee performance of The Understudy, SPT will host a unique post-show discussion wherein we’ll invite a handful theater industry professionals, from casting agents to union chairpersons, to share their insights on the inevitable collision of art and commerce and the Kafkaesque absurdities that frequently arise. A reception and Meet and Greet will follow.

Seattle’s Bathhouse Theater is located at:
7312 Green Lake Trail
Seattle, WA 98103


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