Performance offers unique ways of knowing that can challenge entrenched paradigms, contribute to pluralism and expand the range of meaningful action.

For the new Expand Upon staged reading series, the community selects the theme, and Mirror Stage commissions two local Seattle playwrights to each write a short piece, using the same multi- generational, multi-racial cast. A small audience is invited to the first read-through to provide feedback, and public performances follow several months later.

Theatre That Gets People Talking, Mirror Stage’s innovative staged reading series engage the community in examining and discussing topical issues from different perspectives. Presented without costumes or sets, the emphasis on the text encourages audiences to create their own imagined world inhabited by the play’s characters. Following every performance, a moderated discussion with the audience and artists explores the issues raised in more depth.

The Ethnic Cultural Theatre is located at 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE, near University of Washington in Seattle. Complimentary parking is available in University of Washington’s lot W12, located at just south of the Ethnic Cultural Theater on Brooklyn Ave NE. Look for the Mirror Stage sandwich boards.

Mirror Stage is sponsored in part by ArtsWA4Culture, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture,
Humanities Washington, and the Posner-Wallace Foundation.

For a list of Past Productions, click here.