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Sound Theater to Present COST OF LIVING and More for ‘Sweet 16’ Season Lineup

During The Sound Theater Company’s 2023 season, an unprecedented number of new works will hit the stages: two world premieres, the Seattle premiere of a Pulitzer-winning play currently on Broadway, and the latest work in development from a playwright in residence.

“Now is the time to build space for intersectional stories, artists and communities. In 2023, we will deepen our commitment to building a new canon of work – and to forging a future that bridges worlds in ways that entertain, inform, and challenge,” said Artistic Director Teresa Thuman. “For the first time since 2018, we’re delivering a full season of three mission-focused core productions and an expanded Making Waves New Works program – all reflecting a diverse of voice, artist-centered care, and our organizational growth and learning in the past. five years.”


11th & Pine: Stories from the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) by Nikki Yeboah
March 2022 at the Erikson Theater (1524 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122)

11TH & PINE takes a gripping look at the staged protests of the summer of 2020, when the nation’s cracks burst through the streets of Seattle. A group of outsiders come together to fight racial inequality in what would become one of the largest and most protracted protests in Seattle’s history. In this world premiere, playwright Nikki Yeboah (The [M]others) and a research team will adapt testimonies from activists, law enforcement, community members and the media to lay bare the diversity of visions of what a civically engaged community owes to his citizenship. Yeboah is a playwright and oral historian who writes about the human toll of political movements. At the Erikson Theater Off-Broadway (just steps from the epicenter of CHOP), the cast will stage the political and social calculus that still shapes Seattle. Talkbacks follow each performance.

Cost of living by Martyna Majok
Directed by Teresa Thuman
June 2023 at 12th Ave Arts Studio Theater

Next summer, an ongoing Broadway play will premiere in Seattle: COST OF LIVING, a 2018 Pulitzer-winning play that weaves parallel lives into the rarely seen world of people with disabilities (Ani and John) and their caregivers (Eddie and Jess). Themes of connection (or lack of connection), class divisions, safety nets, financial haves and have-nots, and interdependence emerge in playwright Martyna Majok’s skilful bridging of worlds. people with disabilities and others. COST OF LIVING’s current limited-engagement run on Broadway has been extended. The play is a Tony Awards hopeful, following its awards circuit, including Outstanding Play (Lortel Awards), Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and a Top Ten in the 2016 Kilroys list.

AutoCorrect Thinks I’m Dead by Aimee Chou
world premiere
September 2023 at 12th Ave Arts
Languages: Bilingual ASL-English, with subtitles

Three deaf friends move into an old house on the centenary of Alexander Graham Bell’s death in 1922, unaware that things go wrong at night. But when a vintage ticker (TTY) telephone becomes a landline to the afterlife, the trio find themselves in a mad madness of portals – between the hearing and the deaf, and the living and the dead. This debut play by Deaf playwright Aimee Chou has been featured in Pork Filled Productions and Cafe Nordo’s Slow Cooker Unleashed! stage reading program (which featured Seattle at Darren Canady’s REPAIRS, which Sound Theater produced in 2020). Blending historical and technological realities with theatrical absurd, this tale is both a tribute and a home for horror fans of all generations.


Since 2012, Sound Theatre’s incubator-style program Making Waves New Works has developed and presented bold, untested new works. Through seismic changes and an urgent call for new canons and formats, Making Waves will make its biggest hit yet in our 2023 season.

In addition to a main season of first productions for Seattle audiences, Making Waves’ new William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. Playwright Residency will debut with a staged reading of the playwright-in-residence’s new work. Zharia O’Neal (ROOST, a new play about black women in reality TV and media), a community playwriting workshop, and a festival of short 10-minute plays. Learn more about the residency program here.

Making Waves will also present a cabaret of Broadway hits, in American Sign Language (March 6 and 7) as part of Deaf Spotlight’s week-long variety showcase. The cabaret will engage local artists in learning a unique process that is trending in other cities: a theatrical model that centers artistic translations in sign language and trains local deaf and hearing musical theater artists in synchrony.

Also on deck Making Waves: After 15 film festival screenings, CHANGER: A HAND TELLING will continue to reach new audiences in 2023 through a series of live and digital community screening events, including panels and a educational commitment.

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