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Intiman Theatre

Intiman Theatre

Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street

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Note: On April 18, 2011, the theater announced that, after the run of its first scheduled production, its financial situation had forced it to cancel the four productions scheduled for the rest of the 2011 season. The theater has stated that it intends to use the hiatus to develop a new strategic plan, and return with a 2012 season.

Originally founded as a company devoted to international dramatic literature, the Intiman (Swedish for “the intimate”) has been producing plays by the likes of Shaw, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Strindberg, Chekhov, and Oscar Wilde for most of its 36-year history. Eventually, the theater began including more American drama—a Eugene O’Neill here, a Tennessee Williams there—and especially in recent years, the Intiman has taken on more contemporary work, producing several new plays, a few one-man shows, and even its very first musical, The Light in the Piazza, in 2003. The theater recently completed a five-year project known as The American Cycle, which brought productions of the thoroughly American tales Our Town, All the King’s Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Native Son, and The Grapes of Wrath to the Intiman stage.

The Intiman Theatre has certainly not lost its taste for Great Drama, though, and continues its commitment to producing great historic international plays. This mission is evident in local classrooms, too, where Intiman’s teaching artists bring the Living History program to students, using classic texts as a starting point for thinking about the big questions that still face us today. The Intiman also makes it easy and affordable for students to see these great plays live onstage by offering $5 tickets through the Teen-Tix program.

Intiman Theatre Information

  • Public Transportation: Excellent (easily accessible by bus and monorail)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Tuesday–Sunday
  • Ticket Prices: $34–$51, $5 discounts for seniors in advance, half-off if purchased on the day of performance, $10 tickets for 25-and-unders, one pay-what-you-can performance for each show, $20 Rush tickets sold 15 minutes before performance, discounts for groups of 10 or more, non-subscribers permitted to exchange tickets with 24 hours advance notice and a $5 fee
  • Subscriptions: Five-Play $182–$252, Four-Play $152–$204, and Three-Play $114–$156. Flex passes: four vouchers $204, five vouchers $252, and six vouchers $300. Subscription discounts available for seniors, 25-and-unders, educators, and groups. Benefits include free ticket exchanges, dining discounts, and additional tickets at a discount.