Theatre 101: The ACT Presents “Mary Stuart”

Suzanne Bouchard and Anne Allgood star in "Mary Stuart." Photo by Chris Bennion.

Medieval meets contemporary in the ACT’s new production.

Known as a destination for contemporary theater and arts in downtown Seattle, the ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) will feature another hit this month for the area’s theater lovers. “Mary Stuart” was originally written more than 200 years ago by Friedrich Schiller, but the ACT is showcasing a new version by Peter Oswald.

Suzanne Bouchard and Anne Allgood star in "Mary Stuart." Photo by Chris Bennion.

Directed by Victor Pappas, the ACT’s “Mary Stuart” is a contemporary take on a classic masterpiece. It examines the power, passion and politics in the lives of Elizabeth Tudor, the Queen of England, and her cousin, Mary Stuart, the Queen of Scotland and a prisoner of England. The play includes espionage, attempted assassinations and prison breaks, all of which make it a thrilling tale from the 16th century. The cast includes Anne Allgood as Mary Stuart, and Suzanne Bouchard as Queen Elizabeth.

The ACT has been integral in producing quality contemporary theater in Seattle since 1965. Its manifesto states that it believes in the “theatre of the moment” and “seeks to create a conversation with its work.” One of the main goals of the ACT is to support and raise consciousness and the quality of life for all people through theater.

Some play-related special events, all of which are free, include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the play on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. A tasting of beer, wine and other beverages from around the world is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Post-play discussions are scheduled for the evenings of Tuesday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 2, and the matinee on Sunday, Sept. 25.

“Mary Stuart” runs from Sept. 9 through Oct. 9 in the Allen Theatre, and the running time is 2 hours 45 minutes. Tickets can be purchased on the ACT’s website. For a night of medieval entertainment, look no further than your local theater scene.

“Mary Stuart” at The ACT | 700 Union Street, Seattle | (206) 292-7676