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Seattle Rep, UW Drama to present new play workshop

In a unique collaboration, University of Washington School of Drama in association with Seattle Repertory Theatre will workshop a new play using both professional actors and UW graduate students, under the direction of Seattle Rep Associate Artistic Director Braden Abraham.

Part of Seattle Rep's New Play Program and UW School of Drama's New Works Series, four workshop performances of "Lidless" by up-and-coming Austin, Texas-based playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig are scheduled for Feb. 4-7 at the Jones Playhouse in Seattle.

"This is such an exciting opportunity for us," said Jerry Manning, Seattle Rep producing artistic director and the main force behind the company's renewed New Play Program. "This play is very powerful, and we're proud to help develop a piece from one of the most promising new voices in American theatre. And to do it with the vitality and dedication of the actors in UW's Professional Actor Training Program is incredibly special."

In the play, a former Guantanamo Bay interrogator has done her best to move on from the brutal relationships she had with detainees at the prison. But when one man shows up in her Minneapolis flower shop, she realizes she can't escape her past. A haunting psychological drama, the play has already earned Cowhig the 2009 David C. Horn Prize in the Yale Drama Series competition for emerging playwrights.

The cast includes Seattle actors John Farrage and Troy Fischnaller and UW students Camille Thornton, Heather Lynn Rash, and Maura Tang.

Performances are Feb. 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Jones Playhouse, 4045 University Way NE. Tickets are $6 and are available online through drama.washington.edu or by phone at 206-543-4880 or 1-800-859-5342.

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