For the 21/22 season, Tacoma Arts Live is partnering with professional actors and top notch directors and designers to produce four different plays. All four productions will be mounted at downtown Tacoma’s Theater on the Square (915 Broadway). For health and safety reasons, masks are required for attendees of all ages along with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Tacoma Arts Live box office at (253) 346-1721 Tuesday through Thursday from 12-4pm. Use the code TP2122 for a 15% discount on tickets for any or all four shows.
By Nina Raine
(Nov 5 – Nov 21)
This British comedic-drama explores the limits of interpersonal communication among members of the deaf and hearing communities, all striving to be understood. Billy was born deaf in a hearing family and raised to fit into their quirky hearing world. It’s not until she meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that she begins to understand what it means to be truly understood. ASL interpretation is deeply integrated into each performance.
By George Brant
(Feb 18 – Mar 6)
When a female F-16 fighter pilot becomes pregnant, the Air Force grounds her from flying and reassigns her to a drone program. Piloting remotely does not sit well with her, and being a mother brings new connections and insights. She struggles to compartmentalize her life as her dual identities as a pilot and as a mother become increasingly enmeshed.
By Nilo Cruz
(Mar 25 – Apr 10)
This 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play is set in 1929 in Ybor City, FL where a group of primarily female Cuban-American cigar factory workers await the arrival of their new lector. The lector is paid to entertain the workers by reading great stories. When he starts reading from the Russian classic Anna Karenina, the scandalous lives of Tolstoy’s characters begin to intertwine with the lives of his listeners.
By Ins Choi
(Jun 3 – Jun 19)
This award-winning play features the Kims, a loving but imperfect Korean family that owns a convenience store in Toronto. The Kims grapple with gentrification, a growing generation gap and the threat of a new chain store opening in the neighborhood. Through it all, the family - parents Sang-Il and Yong-mi, unmarried daughter Janet and disappointing son Jung - learn to see each other in a new light. This hilarious and heartwarming story (recently turned into a Netflix sitcom) reminds us that family isn’t always convenient but might be the best deal out there.