Running time: TBD

Our now-customary fall dip into the supernatural! Mary Chase, you might remember, is responsible for that American comic masterpiece, the Pulitzer-prize winning Harvey. Mrs. McThing, written in 1954 for Helen Hayes to play in, is different in tone, but not in genius. A wild mix of fairy tale and Damon Runyon story—not unlike something Roald Dahl might have come up with if he’d been, like Chase, a Denver newspaperwoman turned playwright. There’s a witch, and a changeling, and also a gangster with a mother fixation. The play concerns a well-off kid who is transported by magic to a hive of wise guys, leaving an identical but eerily well-behaved ‘stick boy’ in his place, and his mother’s determined efforts to reclaim her true son. It’s a bit spooky, it’s very funny, it’s oddly profound—and a blast of fun for both adults and children. It will be directed by Larry Paulsen, and will feature some ESTP favorites among the cast ... Join us, please, for a visit with the mysterious Mrs. McThing!

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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