Best College Productions To See This Year In Seattle

October 14, 2013 5:00 AM

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Seattle is well known for its thriving theatre scene and it can be easy to forget that great actors aren’t just born that way. Its takes years of study and practice to portray the perfect antagonist or heroic hero. This fall, take the opportunity to see tomorrow’s stage stars today at a local college production. You’ll be amazed by the quality of the acting and you’ll enjoy the show that much more knowing that you paid just a fraction of the cost.

“The Real Inspector Hound”
University of Washington
Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse
4045 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA  98105
(206) 543-4880

Dates: Oct. 16-27, 2013

Written by Tom Stoppard, “The Real Inspector Hound” is actually a play within a play. The comedy/mystery/parody features two theatre critics who are watching a play and soon find themselves in the middle of it. This includes dealing with mysterious strangers, getting in the middle of a lovers’ quarrel and avoiding a madman. This play was selected to show off the talents of the third-year students enrolled in the UW Professional Actor Training Program.

“Our Town”
Cornish College of the Arts
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
201 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA  98109
(800) 838-3006

Dates: Oct. 23-28, 2013

Thornton Wilder’s classic play, “Our Town,” will celebrate its 75th anniversary of this American treasure and be given the VIP treatment by Cornish Theatre. Focusing on a simpler time, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows the lives of those living in the small town of Grover’s Corners in New Hampshire just after the turn of the 20th century with a cautionary tale of living life to its fullest.

“Fifth of July”
University of Washington
Meany Studio Theatre
4140 George Washington Lane N.E.
Seattle, WA  98105
(206) 543-4880

Dates: Nov. 13-24, 2013

Set in rural Missouri in 1977, this comedy/drama focus on one family’s disappointment and disillusionment with America during the Vietnam War. Written by Lanford Wilson and presented by the UW Drama Department, “Fifth of July” is a challenging play for an actor as it focuses on many American taboos and ideals.

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“Very Still and Hard to See”
Stop Gap Theatre at Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle S.E.
Bellevue, WA  98007
(425) 564-3114
Dates: Nov. 14-23, 2013

The Bellevue College Theatre Arts Department offers up a unique and scary tale of horror, retribution and revenge in Steve Yokey’s “Very Still and Hard to See.” Set in a downtown hotel, the play explores the human heart, mind and soul while asking the question, “What happens when we actually get what we want – even if we shouldn’t want it?”

“Death By Design”
James Leon Chapman Stage
3307 3rd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 281-2959

Dates: Nov. 14-23,2013

Written by Rob Urbinati, SPU’s “Death By Design” is a comic mystery thriller which does a mash-up of an Agatha Christie-type mystery plot with the comic sensibilities found in a Noel Coward comedy. It is a classic story of a feuding couple inviting friends over for a dinner party and one of them gets murdered. Is it the politician, the hell-bent socialist, the near-sighted ingénue or the modern dancer? It’s up the maid to figure it all out.
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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at

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