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The 'Spider Woman' will spin her web in Redmond at SecondStory Repertory

SecondStory Repertory will present John Kander and Fred Ebb's rarely produced masterpiece "Kiss of the Spider Woman," a sensual musical set all at once in the brutal reality of a Latin American prison and in the airily glamorous world of the silver screen that plays endlessly in the mind of longtime prison inmate, Luis Alberto Molina.

It will run March 27 through April 13 at 16587 N.E. 74th St. in Redmond Town Center and will be directed by Billie Wildrick, who recently returned to Seattle after her Broadway debut in Kathy Lee Gifford's "Scandalous."

With a book by Terrence McNally, and based on the Manuel Puig novel "El Beso de la Mujer Araña," the play won the 1993 Tony Awards for best musical, best book and best score.

"SecondStory is elated to have an artist of Billie's caliber at the helm of this production," stated Mark Chenovick, SecondStory's executive artistic director. "Not only a wonderful performer onstage, Billie is an extremely well-rounded artist, director and producer. We are very excited about working with her and everything she brings to the production."

Wildrick joins music director Brandon Peck, choreographer Matthew Lawrence, assistant director Molli Corcoran, light designer Alyssa Milione, costumers John Allbritton, Carmen Rodriguez and resident sound and set designer The Squolf to round out the production team.

Onstage, the play features Sari Breznau as Aurora, Ryan McCabe as Molina, Justin Carrell as Valentin, Julia Beers as Marta, Carol Richmond as Molina's Mother, Brad Cook as the Warden and Bo Mellinger as Gabriel. The ensemble boasts the talents of Tony Pallozzi, Jordan Jackson, Melissa Slaughter, Tobias McCurry, Taylor Richmond, Tristan Carruthers, Alana Peters, Christine Riippi, Natalie Moe and Rebekah Witt.

This show is intended for mature audiences only.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, along with 2 p.m. performances on April 12 and 13. The March 27 show is a pay-what-you-can preview.

Tickets are $27 adults/$22 students/seniors/educators/military. People can purchase tickets online at or by phone at (425) 881-6777, 2-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.


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