By Theresa Goffredo Herald writer
For its 40th birthday, Intiman Theatre is giving us a present.
For the first time this summer, it is launching a new theater festival to celebrate its 40th year.
This new festival will have four plays by authors ranging from Dan Savage to Shakespeare.
The 17 actors involved in the festival include popular local veterans along with new faces, playing more than 40 roles in more than 80 performances.
“Jumping between Shakespeare, Ibsen, Shanley and Savage, we’ve programmed work that warns: Don’t get too comfortable,” artistic director Andrew Russell said in a prepared statement.
Performances are at Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer St., Seattle. Previews begin July 5, with performances running from July 11 through Aug. 26.
Tickets are $30 each. Go to Ticketmaster.com or call 800-982-2787.
A limited number of tickets may also be available at the door for the same price one hour before performances.
For more information about the plays, acting ensemble, company and interns, go to www. intiman.org.
The festival schedule:
“Romeo and Juliet”: William Shakespeare; directed by Allison Narver. This modern day version of a romantic classic of two lovers caught in the crossfire of family hatred is raw, dangerous and sexy.
“Hedda Gabler”: Henrik Ibsen; directed by Andrew Russell. Ibsen’s personal play has Hedda Gabler returning from her outrageous honeymoon to face a path filled with mystery and betrayal as she’s circled by a past lover, a wealthy judge who has her money and a husband whose baby she secretly carries.
“Miracle!”: Created and directed by Dan Savage; choreographed by Waxie Moon. The Stranger’s writer and activist Dan Savage returns from a theatrical hiatus to create a drag extravaganza that is part comedy, part heartwarming story that has Helen Stellar struggling to find her voice during amateur drag nights at Seattle’s Brass Connection.
“Dirty Story”: John Patrick Shanley; directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Shanley, who wrote “Doubt” and was the screenwriter for “Moonstruck,” creates another co-dependent couple in this comedy that takes the intimate and turns it international.