March 23 – April 17, 2022
“totally unforgettable” –The New York Times Book Review
“something of a miracle” –The New Yorker
Dorothy lives a perfectly pleasant life. Her husband, Fred, is a perfectly pleasant man. His job is good; her home is spotless; their world is as it should be. As long as you don’t mention the children they’ve lost, then everything is fine. As long as she doesn’t yearn for excitement and passion, Dorothy is fine. Until excitement opens her screen door. Standing there is Aquarius the Monsterman (though he prefers Larry), a “gigantic six-foot-seven-inch frog-like creature,” and he is divine! Welcoming Larry into her home and her heart is the most natural thing Dorothy can do. And her world will never be the same. This stinging blend of fantasy and domestic politics shows us the joy of finding yourself within yourself.
Why we chose this story: This modern classic grabs your heart and doesn’t let go. With great economy of language, Rachel Ingalls infuses her cutting social satire with incredible depth of emotion—sadness, loneliness, joy, and love. This story of an everyday woman and the creature from the sea who cherishes her is simply magical.
For Fans Of: Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties, Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Del Toro’s and Kraus’ The Shape of Water
Content Warning for This Play:
Depictions of alcoholism/addiction, infidelity, misogyny, sexual content, and domestic violence & abuse.
Descriptions of miscarriage, child death, domestic violence & abuse, statutory rape, torture, murder, pet death, fatal car accident.
Our Content Warnings are applicable to our productions and are not necessarily inclusive of all subject matter that may be found in the books from which they are adapted.
Sunam Ellis Dorothy
Quinlan Corbett Larry
Angela DiMarco Estelle
Benjamin McFadden Fred
Zenaida Rose Smith Sandra/Ensemble
Annie Yim Understudy for Dorothy/Estelle
Dylan Smith Understudy for Larry/Fred
The Artistic Team
Darian Clogston Stage Manager
Jasmine Ritter Assistant Stage Manager
Lindsay Merino Covid Compliance Manager/Production Assistant
Chistopher Mumaw Scenic Designer
Thorn Michaels Lighting Designer
Rob Witmer Sound Designer
Chelsea Cook Costume Designer
Robin Macartney Props Designer
Francesca Betancourt Intimacy Director
Brendan Mack Creature Fabricator
Joyce Degenfelder Wig Designer
Sandra Huezo-Menjivar Assistant Sound Designer
The play is performed through arrangement with Sheil Land Associates Ltd. All rights reserved.
This production is generously supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.