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Apr 6 – Jun 2, 2019

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A Co-Production with & Presented  at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Bill Berry

This hilarious multi-Tony Award® nominee is an outrageous satire set in a fictional future where a terrible 20-year drought has crippled the city’s water supplies. The citizens must now use the public pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company. Citizens who try to circumvent the peeing-fee by relieving themselves in the bushes risk being taken away to “Urinetown,” a mysterious place where many have been sent but no one ever returns. With fee increases in the pipeline, the poor rise up to fight the tyrannical to make the public amenities free for all to use. Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution.

“A declaration of the power  of theatre!” –The New York Times

Nominated for 10 Tony Awards® Winner of Best Book and Best Score!

Run Time for Urinetown is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including one intermission.

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A Co-Production with & Presented  at ACT – A Contemporary Theatre
Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Bill Berry

Director: Bill Berry

Choreographer/Assistant DirectorCharlie Johnson

Music DirectorR.J. Tancioco

Scenic DesignerMartin Christoffel

Costume DesignerMelanie Burgess

Lighting DesignerRobert Aguilar

Sound Designer: Justin Stasiw

Production Stage Manager: Jeffrey K. Hanson

Urinetown Cast (click for bio):

ANDI ALHADEFF

ANDI ALHADEFF
Soupy Sue and others

ANDI ALHADEFF

ANDI ALHADEFF
(Soupy Sue and others)

Alhadeff is thrilled to be in this amazing production. Off-Off/Off-Broadway: Prospect Theatre Company, Jasper in Deadland (Persephone), The Caveat, 3 Andy Warhols (Warhol 2). Regional: The 5th Avenue Theatre, Ragtime (Emma Goldman), Grease (ChaCha), Jasper in Deadland (Persephone), RENT (Joanne), Oliver! and The Sound of Music. ACT Theatre, Bad Apples (Debbie). Village Theatre: Writing Kevin Taylor (Julia), Afterwords (Kali). Love to friends and family.

KURT BEATTIE

KURT BEATTIE
Caldwell B. Cladwell

KURT BEATTIE

KURT BEATTIE
(Caldwell B. Cladwell)

Beattie has created for regional and national audiences for over 40 years as an actor, playwright, and director. Recently: Danforth in The Crucible and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (ACT), Weller Martin in The Gin Game (Village), and Jean Shepard in A Christmas Story (The 5th). In Seattle, he has directed many productions, including the ACT/5th Avenue Theatre Grey Gardens. Recipient of the TPS Sustained Achievement Award and ArtsFund’s Outstanding Achievement Award in the Arts.

SARAH ROSE DAVIS

SARAH ROSE DAVIS
Hope Cladwell

SARAH ROSE DAVIS

SARAH ROSE DAVIS
(Hope Cladwell)

Davis is thrilled to be making her ACT debut! Davis was recently seen in Rock of Ages at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Davis also performs at the Can Can Culinary Cabaret in Pike Place Market. Favorite credits: Holiday Inn (starring as Linda Mason), Pajama Game, How to Succeed…, Rent, A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Funny Girl (starring as Fanny Brice) at Village Theatre. Thank you to Bill, The 5th, her parents, and Boo. SarahRoseDavis.com.

CHRIS ENSWEILER

CHRIS ENSWEILER
Senator Fipp and others

CHRIS ENSWEILER

CHRIS ENSWEILER
(Senator Fipp and others)

Ensweiler is making his 5th Avenue Theatre debut. Previously at ACT Theatre: Riverside Drive (Jim Swain) and The Unseen Hand (Sycamore Morphan). Village Theatre: Matilda The Musical (Mr. Wormwood) and The Producers (Carmen Ghia). SCT: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Goran). Taproot Theatre: Big Fish (Edward Bloom). Regional: Seattle Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, seven seasons at Georgia Shakespeare, and two seasons at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Recipient, 2017 Tanne Foundation Award. chrisensweiler.com.

MIKKO JUAN

MIKKO JUAN
Bobby Strong

MIKKO JUAN

MIKKO JUAN
(Bobby Strong)

Juan is ecstatic to be working with The 5th once again, playing this dream role, and to be performing at ACT for the first time! The 5th: Paint Your Wagon. Regional: Jane Eyre: The Musical (ArtsWest); ZM (Village Theatre Beta); The Journal of Ben Uchida (SCT); Kiss Me, Kate (SMT); Peter and the Starcatcher (ArtsWest). All the love in the world to Wilson, Steven, Mom, Dad, Patricia, and Megan. mikkojuanactor.wixsite.com/officialsite.

BRIAN LANGE

BRIAN LANGE
Joseph "Old Man" Strong, Hot Blades Harry, and others

BRIAN LANGE

BRIAN LANGE
(Joseph "Old Man" Strong, Hot Blades Harry, and others)

Lange can’t believe he is making his 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre debuts with Urinetown. To get to do THIS show with THESE theaters is an actual dream come true! Most recently, Lange has spent time with Village Theatre’s Beta Series (String, ZM) and ArtsWest (Peter and the Starcatcher). Lange wishes to thank all of his communities for their love and support. So much gratitude and appreciation, always.

LESLIE LAW

LESLIE LAW
Josephine Strong and others

LESLIE LAW

LESLIE LAW
(Josephine Strong and others)

The 5th: Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Sound of Music. ACT Theatre: Polish Joke, Revenger’s Comedies, Mitzi’s Abortion, Man of the Moment, Cover of Life, Fuddy Meers, and seven seasons of A Christmas Carol. Regional: Seattle Rep, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Kansas City Rep, Idaho Rep, Texas Shakespeare. Co-creator/producer/host of Sandbox Radio – podcast on iTunes.

ARIKA MATOBA

ARIKA MATOBA
Little Sally and others

ARIKA MATOBA

ARIKA MATOBA
(Little Sally and others)

Matoba makes her 5th Avenue Theatre season debut as Little Sally! And wow is she excited! Last spring, she toured the Pacific Northwest in Adventure Musical Theatre’s Rosie the Riveter (The 5th). Regional: Into the Woods (Village Theatre), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Taproot Theatre). Matoba is represented by The Actor’s Group. Love to her family and to Spencer. @arikamatoba.

MARI NELSON

MARI NELSON
Penelope Pennywise and others

MARI NELSON

MARI NELSON
(Penelope Pennywise and others)

Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation, Guys and Dolls, Translations. Off-Broadway: Public, Up Against It; Delacorte, Twelfth Night; Saint Ann’s Warehouse, Slain in the Spirit. Regional Theater: Village, Seattle Repertory, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare, Baltimore Center Stage, Intiman, Alley, Hartford Stage, Paper Mill. TV: One Life to Live, Another World, MTV’s Pirate TV. Film: Bad Girls, Back Spot Turn, Laggies. Nominated BBW 2014 Best Supporting Actress, five-time Gordo Award Winner for Best Actress 2005-2012, Seattle Theater Writers Best Supporting Actress Award 2016, awarded the Gregory for Best Actress in a Play 2017. Graduate of University of Washington and Juilliard.

BRANDON O'NEILL

BRANDON O'NEILL
Officer Lockstock

BRANDON O'NEILL

BRANDON O'NEILL
(Officer Lockstock)

2018 ACT Core Company Member. ACT appearances include Oslo, Assassins, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ramayana, and First Date. Broadway: Aladdin (Original Broadway Cast), A Bronx Tale (first replacement) Voice of Cave of Wonders worldwide. Select 5th Avenue Theatre: Hunchback, Carousel, Pirates of Penzance, Guys and Dolls. Select regional: Pride & Prejudice, A View from the Bridge, Beatsville, Beatrice and Benedict. Uldren Sov in Bungie’s Destiny. @brandonactor. @Brandon_ONei11.

MATTHEW POSNER

MATTHEW POSNER
Officer Barrel and others

MATTHEW POSNER

MATTHEW POSNER
(Officer Barrel and others)

This is Posner’s debut with ACT and will be his third production of Urinetown! Some previous performances at The 5th: Damn Yankees, Pirates of Penzance, Secondhand Lions, Carousel, A Christmas Story. Tour/Regional: Camelot (Lancelot), Les Mis (Valjean). Village Theatre: Show Boat, Fiddler on the Roof, Billy Elliot, Into the Woods, Matilda. Posner has a prominent voice-over career at Puppet Studio. Thanks to Family and Matt #1.

SARAH RUSSELL

SARAH RUSSELL
Little Becky Two Shoes and others

SARAH RUSSELL

SARAH RUSSELL
(Little Becky Two Shoes and others)

Russell is thrilled to be part of this wacky show! Past credits include: Kiss Me, Kate; Grease; Rent (The 5th Avenue Theatre). The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes; Dreamgirls; My Heart is the Drum (Village Theatre). Big Fish (Taproot Theatre Company). The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Seattle Children’s Theatre). The Little Engine That Could, Syd the Solstice Kid (Storybrook Theater). Thank you to the cast and crew for this fun journey.

NATHANIEL TENENBAUM

NATHANIEL TENENBAUM
Mr. McQueen and others

NATHANIEL TENENBAUM

NATHANIEL TENENBAUM
(Mr. McQueen and others)

Tenenbaum hails all the way from London, England and has decided to call Seattle his new home. He is absolutely thrilled to be making his ACT debut and is equally thrilled that you made it! Credits include: Regional: Annie, Dreamgirls, The Pillowman, Boeing Boeing, RENT, The Toxic Avenger, Pygmalion. Twitter/Instagram: @TENENBAVM.

Plan Your Visit to ACT Theatre

Run Time for Urinetown is approximately 2 hours inlcuding one intermission.

Whether this is your first visit to ACT or your 20th, we want to ensure that you enjoy every moment. If you have any questions about the theater accommodations or services, please contact ACT staff at service@acttheatre.org or 206.292.7676 (12:00pm-6:00pm, Tues-Sun).

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Where is ACT located?

ACT is located in downtown Seattle just two blocks from The 5th, at the corner of 7th Avenue and Union Street. Visit ACT's Directions & Parking page for more information.

Address

ACT is located at 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. 
Ticket Office Phone: 206.292.7676. 
Website: www.acttheatre.org

Arrival Time

Productions begin promptly, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Doors open 60 minutes before the show and seating begins 30 minutes before the curtain.

Late Seating

Patrons arriving late will be seated at the discretion of House Management at the first suitable pause in the performance in the least disruptive location.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is NOT allowed in any part of the theatre or within 25 feet of the entrance. 

Firearms Policy

No firearms of any kind are allowed in any part of the theatre.

Food & Drinks

Food is not allowed in the theatre. Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes is the exclusive caterer of ACT. Drinks are allowed in the theatre, provided they are in a plastic cup with no ice. No glass allowed.

Lost & Found 

Call 206.292.7676 between 12:00pm and 6:00pm, Tues-Sun. 

Accessibility

ACT offers the Figaro MobiTxt® Closed Captioning System for audience members who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HH). This system is offered at multiple performances for each production. Devices can be requested upon arrival at the theatre. ACT is also equipped with the Williams Sound® Audio Equipment, which amplifies stage sounds with the aid of headsets (ask staff for assistance). ASL interpreted performances for the Mainstage Season are offered at least once per play (check the website or contact the Ticket Office for ASL dates). Wheelchair seating is also available. Learn more on ACT's Accessibility page.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

In the event of an emergency, please wait for an announcement for further instructions. Ushers will be available for assistance.

Emergency Number

The theatre's emergency number in the Union lobby is 206.292.7667. Leave your exact seat location with your emergency contact in case they need to reach you.

Weather

All performances will take place as scheduled, regardless of weather conditions.

Children

ACT  welcomes children ages 5 and older. Children under 5 years of age, including babes in arms, will not be admitted. 

Some shows like Ride the Cyclone deal with mature themes and may not be appropriate for all children. For information on whether a particular show is suitable for your child, please see the Content Guidelines.

Lost Tickets

If you lose your tickets or forget to bring them with you to the theatre, contact the ticket office at 206.292.7676 and ACT will replace them.

Third-Party Tickets

Our trusted third-party vendors are Goldstar and TodayTix. We strongly discourage patrons from purchasing tickets through any other outside vendors. Tickets bought from scalpers, brokers or by other third-party means may be counterfeit or inadmissible, and they are often grossly overpriced. These purchases do not benefit the performers, producers, The 5th Avenue Theatre or ACT Theatre. Purchasing directly from The 5th or ACT is your best bet for best seats and best available prices. 

Cameras & Recorders

Photographic or recording equipment are not allowed in the theatre. As a courtesy to our audience and actors on stage, we ask that all cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices be turned off BEFORE the show.

Ask an Usher

If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.

Urinetown

Run time for Urinetown is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including one intermission.

Urinetown, which ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2004 and won Tonys for Best Book and Best Score in 2002, is a satirical comedy that lampoons political corruption, economic inequality and irresponsible handling of the environment.

In the world of Urinetown, as Officer Lockstock informs us, “Everyone has to use public bathrooms to take care of their private business;” this is the result of a catastrophic twenty-year drought, which has made water scarce and precious. As the play opens, The Poor are waiting in front of “Public Amenity # 9”; admission is high (the facilities are run by a private corporation – Urine Good Company), so the Poor must wait in line for hours to use “the poorest, filthiest urinal in town.” Anyone caught “peeing for free” is exiled to the mythical Urinetown. As the guardian of “Public Amenity #9 sings, “The politicians in their wisdom saw/That there should be a law.”

Adult Language:

Adult language is mild in Urinetown (there is some use of “damned” and “damn it”), but there is a lot of bathroom humor. Ms. Pennywise, who manages Public Amenity #9, sings, “The Good Lord made us so we’d piss each day / Until we piss away.”

Cladwell, the owner of Urine Good Company, observes to his staff: “I made flushing mean flush at the bank/I’m the man with the plan/So who should you thank?”

Sexual References:

A character is unable to wait and begins peeing in public, objecting, “This is no way to live!” (There is no nudity.) The police arrive to arrest him for breaking the Public Health Act, an exiling offense.

Senator Fipp, a corrupt politician being bribed by UGC, meets Hope, the young daughter of Cladwell; innocent and idealistic, she has just finished school. The senator attempts to flirt with her, and is quickly dismissed by Cladwell.

Officer Lockstock, a crooked cop, also attempts to flirt with Hope. He says her father failed to mention “the size and purity of your beauty” and kisses Hope’s hand.  “Does beauty have a size, Officer?” Hope asks.

When it looks as if the rebel poor will kill Hope, a character confesses to being her (unwed) mother.

Violence/Scariness:

A character is dragged off by the police for deportation to Urinetown when he is unable to pay for access to a public facility.

When asked what Urinetown is like, Officer Lockstock demurs: “Its power depends on mystery. I can’t just blurt it out, like ‘There is no Urinetown! We just kill people!’ Oh, no. The information must be oozed out slowly until it bursts forth in one mighty cathartic moment.  Somewhere in Act Two.”

Bobby Strong, who becomes the leader of the Rebel Poor, believes that “Urinetown’s a lie/A means to keep the poor in check/Until the day they die.”

Little Sally, on the other hand, believes Urinetown is “here/It’s the town wherever/ People learn to live in fear.”

Eventually, the poor people at Public Facility #9 refuse to pay, rescind the Public Health Act and the Water Preservation Act and begin “peeing for free.”

They revolt and seize the company head’s daughter (Hope) as a hostage.

They threaten to string her up in the song, “Snuff That Girl.” (Bobby arrives to object: “This has got to be about more than revenge and stringing up someone who can’t defend herself.”)

A character is arrested and fights with her captors as they attempt to deliver her to Urinetown; she escapes. Another character is taken to “Urinetown,”  which turns out to be the roof of the UGC, where he is to be thrown off.

One of the policemen is killed in an attack by the Rebel Poor.

Drugs/Alcohol:

None.

Important Themes:

As the chorus of the Poor sings, “Rich folks get the good life / Poor folks get the woe; / In the end it’s nothing you don’t know.”  The poor beg for pennies for a pee; Ms. Pennywise, who guards the door and collects the money, informs them, “No one’s getting’ anywhere for free! Don’t you think I have bills of my own to pay?! Don’t you think I have taxes and tariffs and payoffs to meet too?” She tells them, “It’s a privilege to pee / Water’s worth its weight in gold these days.”

Meanwhile Senator Fipp is waiting for the “dough” he will get from the hike in facility fees (if the vote passes) so he can escape on a “fact-finding” mission to Rio. He is worried that it’s a “powder keg” out there because of possible public reaction. Hope, assured that this is all for the general welfare, innocently remarks, “Gosh, I never realized large monopolizing corporations could be such a force for good in the world!”

Bobby, as he leads the Rebel Poor, declares he made himself “A promise that from this day on, no one man would be denied his essential humanity because of the condition of his pocketbook. That no man in need would be ignored by another with the means to help him.  Here and now, from this day forward,  because of you, and you, and you, we will look into the faces of our fellow man and see not only a brother, but a sister as well.” (The idealism of the rebels and even the innocent Hope is eventually undercut, however, because  it turns out they have no solution for the water shortage.)