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Sound Theatre offers three premieres this season

The Seattle premiere of "A Small Fire" plays at New City Theatre.
The Seattle premiere of "A Small Fire" plays at New City Theatre.
Sara Coates and Gordon Carpenter, photo by Ken Holmes

Sound Theatre Company began its new season with the Seattle premiere of Adam Brock’s “A Small Fire” this week.

Now in its eighth year of production, artistic director Teresa Thuman has designed the company's season, all local premieres, to focus on "The Language of Love and Hate" this year. In “A Small Fire,” a couple must battle to survive a disease that deprives the wife of her five senses. The play stars 2013 Gregory Award nominee Teri Lazzara as the afflicted Emily Bridges, Gordon Carpenter as her husband John, Sara Coates as daughter Jenny, and Seattle Magazine Spotlight Award-winner Ray Tagavilla as businesswoman Emily's right-hand-man Billy. Julie Beckman directors.

"A Small Fire" continues May 31 through June 21 with all performances at New City Theatre, 1404 18th Ave. For more information on tickets and times, check the brownpapertickets.com. The company will offer pay-what-you-can performances on May 29, June 9, and June 16.

In August, Sound Theatre presents "The School for Lies" by David Ives at the Center Theatre at the Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street. Ives (author of "Venus in Fur") updates Molière’s "The Misanthrope," adding a contemporary spin to the classic baroque farce of misbehavior, gossip, glamor, and scandal.

The season concludes in September with Sharon Pollock's "Blood Relations" at the Cornish Playhouse Studio at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street. This winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Award is based on the history of Lizzie Borden, who was charged with the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother.