Endangered Species Project

The best theatre deal in town is still offered by Endangered Species Project. In case you aren’t already a fan, let me tell you what a treasure it is.

Once a month, the company offers staged readings of terrific plays that are never or rarely produced these days, mostly for reasons of cost. When you don’t have elaborate sets and costumes, when you just have the words and the actors, the production costs are low, but the experience can be wondrous.

Some of Seattle’s most esteemed actors participate. Through voice and gesture they transport their audiences. This month R. Hamilton Wright played the title role in “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker” by Liam O’Brien and directed here by Richard Ziman. Seventeen actors, including seven children were required for this play that first opened in 1953 with Burgess Meredith in the title role. Clifton Webb played it in the movie version. It’s charming. It’s uproariously funny. And the ESP production was joyous.

Currently all their productions take place at North Seattle Community College’s Theatre. There’s a loyal following for these free productions (donations are requested). In July there were more audience member than there were seats. So get there early. Check the web site for dates and start times.


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