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For our 8th Season we bring you eight stories that challenge our way of relating to our fellow man. What is at the core of oppression? What happens when we lack the empathy to truly connect? Through seminal works by Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize nominees, Tony winners, political activists, and masters of the theatrical canon, we are initiating a deep conversation about what it means to be human, and how these works reflect the trials and tribulations we experience in today's society. 

Our 8th Season includes Main Stage productions of: CLOUD 9 by classic feminist playwright Caryl Churchill – running June 30-July 16, 2017 at the Access Theater; JACK GOES BOATING, a NY Times Critics Pick by Bob Glaudini, running in November 4-19, 2017 at the Paradise Factory; and our season will conclude with a triple-header: THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE, a world premiere adaptation by Brandon Walker, running in rep with two searing one-person shows: I AM MY OWN WIFE, the Tony Award winning play by Doug Wright and MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman from the writings of Rachel Corrie.

Our TSP Unplugged Series gives patrons an exciting and exclusive look behind the scenes at The Seeing Place, and includes an opportunity to participate with our artists in exploring three important texts of our time: OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD by Timberlake Wertenbaker, originally performed at The Royal Court Theatre in London in 1988 to critical acclaim; THE HAIRY APE by Nobel Prize winning playwright Eugene O’Neill; and SPIN CYCLE, a world premiere by NYC playwright and lyricist, Cornelia Ravenal.

We’re very proud to announce that 4 of 8 plays we're presenting this season were written by female playwrights.

Even though these seven plays span a hundred years and countless generations of storytelling, the subjects broached and lessons learned are achingly relevant today. We've chosen these plays to open up a dialogue with our audience about the world around us. How can we build on what we've learned from the people who've come before us? 

We sure hope you'll join us for our landmark 8th Season and help us create a new conversation to connect with your fellow man. Perhaps, as Gandhi said, we together can be the change we wish to see in the world.


- Erin Cronican & Brandon Walker
Managing & Artistic Directors, The Seeing Place

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For our 8th Season we explore the theme:

Eight stories that shake our perceptions of freedom and oppression.
What is at the core of oppression? What happens when we lack the empathy to truly connect?



by Eugene O'Neill

Directed by Erin Cronican

TSP Unplugged Reading Series - Fall 2017

The Hairy Ape is a 1922 expressionist play by American playwright Eugene O'Neill. It is about a brutish, unthinking laborer known as Yank, the protagonist of the play, as he searches for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the rich.

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by Cornelia Ravenal

Directed by Candice Oden

TSP Unplugged Series- Fall 2017

A brand new play by local playwright and lyricist Cornelia Ravenal set on a hot summer night in New York City. Jane, hopped up on caffeine and little sleep, bursts into a laundromat determined to wash a change of clothes and leave the city forever. But a charming stranger forces her to confront her fears in a way that neither of them had ever imagined.

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by Doug Wright

Directed by Erin Cronican

Starring Brandon Walker

TSP Main Stage - April 20-May 13, 2017

Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I AM MY OWN WIFE tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award. 

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by Katharine Viner and Alan Rickman from the writings of Rachel Corrie

Directed by Brandon Walker

Starring Erin Cronican

TSP Main Stage - April 20-May 13, 2017

MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE is a one-woman play composed from Rachel's own journals, letters and emails—creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali–loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Adapted by Brandon Walker from the play by Sophocles

Directed by Brandon Walker

TSP Main Stage - April 20-May 13, 2017

THE PEOPLE VS ANTIGONE is modernized take on the tragic story of a girl facing death for sticking to her moral convictions.

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by Bob Glaudini

Directed by Erin Cronican

TSP Main Stage - November 4-19, 2017

Four flawed but likeable lower-middle-class New Yorkers interact in a touching and warmhearted play about learning how to stay afloat in the deep water of day-to-day living. Laced with cooking classes, swimming lessons, and a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, Jack Goes Boating is a story of date panic, marital meltdown, betrayal, and the prevailing grace of the human spirit.

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by William Shakespeare

Directed by Brandon Walker, with Co-Direction by Erin Cronican

TSP Main Stage - June 30 - July 16, 2017

Caryl Churchill's revolutionary masterwork is an audacious and playful take on sexual politics, which resonates today as much as it's startling 1979 debut in its exploration of power and perception. Drawing a line between Colonialism and Feminism, this modern classic bends time, gender, and genre and embraces the confusion and complication of identity: What forces define who we are—and at what cost?



by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Co-Directed Robin Friend Stift and Brandon Walker

TSP Unplugged Reading Series - July 10, 2017

In Timberlake Wertenbaker's dramatization of a real-life incident and Thomas Keneally's novel The Playmaker, it is 1788, and a Royal Marine lieutenant directs several of the criminals and misfits banished to the new British colony of Australia in the first play the country has produced, gradually winning the skeptical fledgling actors over to the magic of the theatre.

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