Bellingham TheatreWorks 2019 Season


Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre

July 2019! Bellingham TheatreWorks, in partnership with The Firehouse Arts and Events Center, The Historic Fairhaven Association, and the Palliative Care Institute, presents:

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
Wit by Margaret Edson
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

Three plays performing in repertory six nights a week for four weeks in July!

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
sound Lane, a doctor who is too busy to clean her own house, hires Matilde, a feisty maid from Brazil who just happens to hate to clean and spends her time trying to make up the perfect joke. To cover for the maid, the doctor's neat-freak sister, Virginia, secretly takes over the housecleaning. As Lane's personal life comes crashing down around her, we are reminded that there is humor and beauty to be found in lifes biggest messes.

"One of the finest and funniest plays you're likely to see."
The New York Times

Performance Dates: July 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 25, 28, 2019
There will be a talk back following the performance on July 7

Featuring: Vanessa Guidon, Brie Turoff Mueller, Terry Sacks, Evan Mueller, Cindy Whiston
Special guest director David Lee Painter from the University of Idaho.

Wit by Margaret Edson
sound Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play - a sardonic, funny, and heart-wrenching exploration of the puzzle of our irrevocable journey toward death, as seen through the eyes of a 50-year-old professor of English Literature who has been diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer. She reflects on her academic career and begins to question the single-minded values that have always driven her. The play asks us to examine the aspects of life that make it truly worth living.

"[A] brutally human and beautifully layered new play. You feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted."
The New York Times

Performance Dates: July 2, 5, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 2019
There will be a talk back following the performance on July 14

Featuring: Beth Wallace, David Ketter, Teague Parker, Linnea Groh, Ethel Stephens, Jim Lortz, Will Eames, Monty Rozema, Jason Hamann, Isabelle Bushue
Special guest director Kayla Adams

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
sound Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955, surrounds a family celebrating the sixty-fifth birthday of their patriarch, Big Daddy, as they have sentimentally dubbed him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, as a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate hope as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds.

"This is a gripping and intensely moving play …Brilliant scenes, scenes of sudden and lashing dramatic power, break open… comes closest to hurling the actual blood and bone of life onto the stage."
The New York Times

Performance Dates: July 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 21, 24, 27, 2019
There will be a talk back following the performance on July 21

Featuring: Heather Dudenbostel, Zach Harrison, John Parra, Beth Leonard, Calvin Taylor, Brie Turoff Mueller, Jim Lortz, Cliff Stephens
Directed by Mark Kuntz

The Wisdom of Wit by Megan Cole
sound The Wisdom of “Wit” is Megan Cole’s dramatized lecture of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Wit” for which Ms. Cole played the leading role in the original production at the South Coast Repertory in 1995. In The Wisdom of “Wit," Megan leads the audience through the play’s gripping story, alternately acting every character and interpreting the play’s perspectives on important end-of-life issues.

Appropriate for those who have seen "Wit" as well as those who intend to see "Wit."

Performance Date: Monday July 8
The 55 minute performance will be followed by a talk back led by actress Megan Cole and Dr. Marie Eaton of the Palliative Care Institute.

How Sweet the Sound


Written by Eryn Elyse McVay     Directed by Mark Kuntz


A cursed bargain; a woman's price

Three girls live in a strange but orderly home, cared for by two kindly adults. Isolated from society, the girls only have each other as they begin to unravel the mysteries of their circumstance, and unknowingly hurtle toward their dark destinies.


Bellingham TheatreWorks presents this magical world premier, written by WWU graduate Eryn Elyse McVay and directed by WWU professor of theatre Mark Kuntz. One of eight scripts nationwide selected by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for consideration for the National Play Writing Award, it features Brian Ollivier, Samantha Stewart, Christa Knickerbocker, Eryn McVay, Aiken Muller, Jason Hamann, and Sophie Burns.

Where: Sylvia Center for the Arts
205 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA

Dates: Friday Jan 4, Saturday Jan 5, Friday Jan 11, Saturday Jan 12 2019