This event is in the past.

Assisted Living


ACT Theatre (map) Downtown
Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 12 2013


"Assisted Living, a world-premiere play by Seattle writer Katie Forgette, opens in an assisted-living facility that is actually a lightly veneered prison: bars on the windows, linoleum trim, dull gray-blue tile, cheap office furniture, and a photo of a smiling President Dick Cheney. This is the near future, where the economy is on the verge of collapse, and senior citizens have to pay for any medical treatment that might be even obliquely related to their former lifestyles (such as eating). Those who can’t pay, or those who make a fuss about the situation, are sent to the 'first floor,' a land of permanent sedation and light rotation over a heat source to keep them alive. Or maybe they just get killed. Nobody has ever come back to describe it. The production’s unarticulated but looming argument is twofold. First: If you remove the social-ish (not socialist) safety net and let businesses run the show, they’ll be much quicker to kill off the sick and unprofitable than any liberal-democratic 'Obamacare' bureaucracy. Second: If you’re living in a death camp—even if it pretends to be cheerful—the power of theater can save the day." (Brendan Kiley)

Don't miss all the best things happening in Seattle. Get the free Stranger Things To Do app now from the App Store or Google Play.

ACT Theatre

700 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101

Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 12 2013
submit to reddit