Dec 7 - 10, 2016
Dec 9 - 10, 2016


$25 • BUY NOW 8:00PM • Merrill Wright Mainstage

Wed – Sat | Dec 7 – 10 | 8pm
Fri – Sat | Dec 9 – 10 | 10:30pm *special late night performances!*
Sun | Dec 11 | 5pm

The music of Dinah Washington and an aesthetic bridging Jean Genet and Paris Is Burning bring to life the stories of five inter-generational Black Queens. In a bitter world where survival is the only option, young queens are taught to serve their elders, live by any means necessary, and find power and purpose in their pain. Seattle theater director Andrew Russell teams with NYC playwright Jerome A. Parker in a Seattle premiere where religious ritual meets drag performance and Dinah reigns supreme. Featuring choreography by Dani Tirrell, set design by Jennifer Zeyl, lighting by Robert Aguilar, sound design by Matt Starrit, costumes by Patrick Swett, and music supervision and arrangements by Brian Whitted.

Jerome A. Parker is a NYC playwright. His work has been developed at the Public Theater, the Old Vic, the Cherry Lane, and Classical Theatre of Harlem, among others. He will collaborate with the Kennedy Center and the National Black Theatre alongside other theatres on THE EVERY 28 HOURS PLAYS for a national civil rights event to take place this fall. Honors include graduate Lorraine Hansberry and Tim Robbins Awards, Dramatist Guild and Macdowell Fellowships, and residencies with NY Stage and Film and the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group.

Andrew Russell is a director, producer, and writer based in Seattle. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Intiman Theatre and has worked in Seattle with ACT, the 5th Avenue, ArtsWest, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts, and more. Nationally he has directed with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe, and Theatre Latté Da. NYC credits include The Public Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and more.


HOUSE OF DINAH is commissioned and supported through the OtB Performance Production Program.