Running Time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

Brendan Behan’s 1958 genre-bending satiric-musical-tragic-comedy The Hostage is our July title. A rundown Dublin hotel is used by the I.R.A. to hold a British soldier in retaliation for British forces holding one of theirs. It’s a combination of song and improvisation, of tender honesty and savage politics, with hilarious and dire events often happening in the same scene. Join us for one of the greatest—and least describable—of Irish plays!

Part of the series: Endangered Species Project

Cast
Mark Anders
Shawn Belyea
Christine Marie Brown
Andrew Creech
Keith Dahlgren
Allen Fitzpatrick
Allen Galli
Sean Griffin
Laura Kenny
Leslie Law
Shannon Loys
Charles McAleese
Jayne Muirhead
Conner Neddersen
Dan Tierney
Robertson Witmer

Endangered Species Project  is an organization of distinguished Seattle theatre artists dedicated to presenting plays that seldom get full productions. While it is an essential duty of theatres to read and develop new work, there’s a parallel need to bring older neglected plays back to the stage. Through our simply staged readings, we lend live voices to plays that are now silent on our bookshelves.  

Founded in February of 2011, Endangered Species Project has consistently mounted monthly readings. Expanding from our core group of eleven, dozens of Seattle’s best and bravest actors have been instrumental in bringing new life to these plays. We strive to do nothing that gets between the audience and the play. We want to give full scope to those two most powerful forces in the theatre: a playwright’s ideas and the audience’s imagination.

Learn more at www.endangeredspeciesproject.org .