Running Time: approximately two hours, with one intermission

World Premiere about the education of a king. Alex & Aris explores the four years that a young Macedonian prince—soon to become Alexander the Great—spent under the tutelage of one of the greatest minds the world has ever known: the philosopher Aristotle. Very little is written by the great historians about this time in the life of both men. However, it was just after this moment of connection that each embarked on their earth-shattering, world-changing trajectory.

Alex & Aris was developed in part at the Icicle Creek New Play Festival.

Age Recommendation:16+ for adult language, graphic descriptions of sexual violence, and stage violence. ACT's policy is to inform audiences of content, but to let parents, guardians, and teachers make decisions that they feel is most appropriate for youth and teens in their care.

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Photo by Dawn Schaefer


MobyPomerance_Headshot Moby was born in London in 1969. He moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, and from there proceeded to New York where he lived and played professionally in the local scene for five years. He returned to London to study theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama, after which he worked as playwright Howard Barker’s assistant for two years. He lives in London with his wife Kate Stevens and son Gabriel. Other productions include: The Piano Men (ACT Theatre best new play), Broken Hands (NY Fringe winner), The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder (Boston Court).


Darragh Kennan Chip Sherman
Darragh Kennan*
Chip Sherman

Creative Team

John Langs    Director
Julia Hayes Welch    Scenic Designer
Melanie Burgess    Costume Designer
Robert Aguilar    Lighting Designer
Matt Starritt    Sound Designer
Cathan Bordyn    Fight Choreographer
Jeffrey K. Hanson*    Stage Manager
Ruth Eitemiller    Assistant Stage Manager
Alex Bodine    Kenan Directing Fellow
Lily McLeod    Lighting Assistant
Indira Schlag    Costume Intern

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Dig Deep Panel Discussion: July 27 at 6:30pm in Buster's

Professor Alexander Hollmann, Associate Professor of Classics at University of Washington will take a deeper look into the world of  the Macedonian people. Read his article featured in the Alex & Aris Encore program here.

Prepare With This Overview of Characters Mentioned in Alex & Aris

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Suggested Resources, List provided by Seattle Public Library

Aristotle: Poetics by Aristotle | SPL
Aristotle's Politics by Aristotle | SPL
Confronting the Classics by Mary Beard | SPL
The World of the Ancient Greeks by John Camp and Elizabeth Fisher | SPL
Alexander the Great by Philip Freeman | SPL
Ancient Greece by Robert Garland | SPL
The Cave and the Light by Arthur Herman | SPL
The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon | SPL
Aristotle by Carlo Natali | SPL
The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece by Joshiah Ober | SPL
The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield | SPL
Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault | SPL
On Aristotle by Alan Ryan | SPL

The Greeks | SPL