Best of Seattle: Response to an Off-stage Tragedy

Jerry Manning’s unexpected death this May, following a heart procedure, was a huge blow for the Seattle theater community—extending far beyond Seattle Repertory Theatre. He’d been there since 2000 and had served as artistic director since 2010. What to do? The company wisely promoted in-house, as the board had earlier with Manning. Thus the appointment of Braden Abraham, director of recent shows including Clybourne Park and Photograph 51, means he’ll steer the company after its unexpected succession drama.

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