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

This month presents the scandalous A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev, which the author first wrote in the 1850s but couldn’t get past the censors; he revised it several times and the final version wasn’t staged until 1872. It’s a drama about love in its many guises, as the wife of a busy landowner falls for her son’s young tutor—and her 17-year-old ward does too—resulting in romantic tension and rueful comedy both upstairs and downstairs. We’ll be presenting the celebrated 1992 version of the play by the great Irish playwright Brian Friel.

Part of the series: Endangered Species Project

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.

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