Construction Zone: Modern Slave @ ACT Theatre, Seattle [15 September]

Construction Zone: Modern Slave

19:30 - 21:30

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ACT Theatre
700 Union St, Seattle, Washington 98101
Co-presented with ACTLab & ese Teatro

When Andrea finds a hand-scrawled note from a Chinese sweatshop worker in the lining of her designer coat, she sets off on a passionate journey to free him. Little does she know that this journey to freedom will take her away from those she loves and down a rabbit hole of globalization and into the complicated world of modern slavery hidden in plain sight.

Written by Elaine Romero
Directed by Kathy Hseih

In honor of Hispanic heritage month, eSe Teatro has co-curated with ACT to bring to Seattle the breadth and depth of Latino theater from across the country and Latin America. eSe Teatro strives to provide professional opportunities to local Latino artists by offering unique stories that reflect our broad multicultural community. Curated by eSe Teatro with support from ACT's Artistic Director John Langs, each of these four plays have been selected from the body of work of leading contemporary Latino and Latin American playwrights that have been produced nationally and internationally. Performed and directed by local professional artists, each reading will be followed by a post-show discussion. Of the four staged readings, one of these new and exciting scripts from 2017 will come to life on the stage in the ACTLab and eSe Teatro's 2018 season.

Tickets start at $10 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 206.292.7676, or at the ACT Ticket Office (Tues-Sun, 12-6pm). Available to ACTPass members for no additional charge. All performances will be performed in English. Post-show discussion is available after each performance.

About the Playwright:
Elaine Romero has had her plays presented at the Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center, across the U.S. and abroad. Recent commissions include Modern Slave (Ford's Theatre), Title IX (Arizona Theatre Company), and A Work of Art (Goodman Theatre). Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts, and Vintage Books. Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award) premiered at 16th Street Theater alongside A Work of Art which premiered at Chicago Dramatists in conjunction with the Goodman Theatre. She is working on the final play of her war trilogy. Her Arizona/Mexican border trilogy includes Wetback, Mother of Exiles, and Title IX. Modern Slave was given staged readings during the 2017 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and the Road Theatre in LA. Title IX, which looks at the insidious nature of sexual inequality, was featured in the 2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Romero is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. She holds her MFA from UC Davis. She is an Assistant Professor in School of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of Arizona.
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