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“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

The final reading from ESTP. Containing one of the indelible characters of American theatre, Auntie Mame was a smash hit as a play, and later as a Jerry Herman musical. (The movie of the musical is best left alone.) It’s peopled by a huge cast, and it’s sprawling fun, telling the story of an outrageous bohemian trailblazer over 20 years, and her impact on her nephew—and there’s a little Christmas in there, too. Mark Anders directs, and Jeanne Paulsen undertakes the title role!

Each month, ESTP presents a play from the world's greatest playwrights—the seldom-seen or unfamiliar works that call out to us from the bookshelf. For our book-in-hand presentations, Seattle's finest actors combine with adventurous and imaginative audiences for unforgettable evenings.

Part of the series: Endangered Species Theatre Project

Endangered Species Theatre 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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