Seattle Public Theater (SPT) opens its 2012-2013 season with the Seattle Premiere of Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Tracy Letts’ urban comedy-drama Superior Donuts at the historic Bathhouse Theater on Green Lake!

“It’s a very American story,” says Director, Russ Banham, “about a man who at one time had the courage of his convictions. But now, his refusal to fight is a weak escape. Along comes a young man full of hope, full of promise, who offers him a chance to fight for something again. It’s a story full of juice, of catharsis and tension and humor and pathos…and it’s a story of how race continues to inform our decisions and actions.”

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“Russ Banham is a wonderful director for this play,” says SPT Artistic Director, Shana Bestock, “His vision, background, and style breathe authenticity onstage and create discreet, specific cultural landscapes. Russ coaxes nuanced, dynamic, and sensitive performances out of his actors and offers his audience powerful, provocative, yet always engaging and theatrical entertainment. His Of Mice and Men was pitch-perfect, his Mauritius was a complete crowd-pleaser, and I expect no less from Superior Donuts!

SUPERIOR DONUTS performances run September 28 throught October 21. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 206.524.1300 or online at

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On Sunday, October 14 , immediately following the 2:00pm matinee performance, Seattle Public Theater will host a very special Town Hall Event in conjunction with the Seattle Mayor’s Office. Special guest Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith will join other civic leaders and the actors onstage for a Q&A moderated by Artistic Director Shana Bestock.

A reception and Meet and Greet will follow. Come explore and discuss the themes of community presented in SUPERIOR DONUTS and how it reflects or our own ever-shifting cultural landscape.

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The Seattle Public Theater is located at:
7312 West Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA 98103