Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Management changes at Seattle Rep, Intiman

There's some snarky work afoot at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Artistic director David Esbjornson announced last spring that he would not re-up with the Rep once his contract expired in June of 2009. The Seattle Times reports today that the Rep's board has told Esbjornson to get the heck out now, then. Jerry Manning, the Rep's casting director, will serve as acting director while the board reconsiders its organizational structure, according to the Times.

Last week Seattle's Intiman Theatre announced the hiring of Brian Colburn as managing director. Colburn comes to Intiman from a similar position at the Pasadena Playhouse. He succeeds Laura Penn, who left Intiman earlier this year to take a gig as ED of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Esbjornson has a nice lineup set for 2008-09 at the Rep. Weisenheimer is looking forward to You Can't Take it With You, starting late November under the direction of Warner Shook, as well as Harold Pinter's Betrayal, a production of Waiting for Godot and, most of all, Wishful Drinking, created by and starring Carrie Fisher.

Intiman's recent seasons have been disappointing, though Weisenheimer has hope. We enjoyed its production of A Streetcar Named Desire very much this summer, and a friend gives mostly good reviews to The Little Dog Laughed, playing now.

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