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Intiman’s Final Countdown

Will the theater raise the $1 million it needs to stay open?

By Laura Dannen January 31, 2012

The many faces of Intiman Theatre.

Is today truly the day? A recent KUOW broadcast noted that Tony-winning Intiman Theatre needed to raise $1 million by the end of January in order to stay open. But arts consultant Susan Trapnell, who’s been hired to help Intiman get out of the budget crisis that crippled its 2011 season, just told me that the theater’s board members won’t vote on the future of Intiman until next Monday—so there are a few more days to show support for the regional theater.

"Everything is a pledge"—not a donation—"until we know we have enough," Trapnell said. They’ve secured commitments for $823,000 to date. The clock’s ticking, and every gift makes a difference. (Pledges can be made at intiman.org.)

With the funds in place, Intiman will relaunch under new artistic director Andrew Russell with a four-play summer festival slated for July and August. It’s a 2012 season that’s both risky and inviting—the collaborative effort of the company’s new multidisciplinary repertory—featuring an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, staged within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, starring Marya Sea Kaminski with choreography by former PNB principal Olivier Wevers; a contemporary two-act play by director Valerie Curtis-Newton set inside the theater and in the courtyard; and an original show by Dan Savage.

The repertory will honor Intiman’s classical roots, but this lineup foretells an exciting future of cross-pollination, bringing in top local choreographers, musicians, directors, playwrights, and artists—even Seattle Symphony conductor Ludovic Morlot is on board. Now they just need to get the theater up and running…and restore institutional credibility.

"Forty years of live theater is worth fighting for," Russell says in the video below. Meet a few of Intiman’s new artists in the clip.

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