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

The lovely and hilarious 1929 comedy Strictly Dishonorable, is the second play by the incredibly talented writer Preston Sturges on the road to fame—you may know his name from the ridiculously long list of movies he wrote and/or directed: The Palm Beach Story, The Great McGinty, The Lady Eve, The Good Fairy, and Sullivan’s Travels, among others. Sturges had been fired as an assistant stage manager, and was unemployed when the title of the play came to him as a line of dialogue. It’s a romantic comedy with screwball touches, and, the kind of whip-crack smart dialogue good actors would gladly die for, and good audiences deserve.

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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