Running time: Two hours and 30 minutes (with one intermission)

Next month we’ll bring you a Pulitzer Prize nominee from 1969: an often funny but ultimately gripping drama about a Harlem family’s heartbreaking disintegration. As The New Yorker’s Edith Oliver said at the time of its original production, “Ceremonies is the first play by Lonne Elder III to be done professionally, and if any American has written a finer one I can’t think what it is.” Frequent ESP actor and director G. Valmont Thomas will stage it.

Each month, ESP 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 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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