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April 18, 2023

Amy Erickson

Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre Announces 2023 Season

Bellingham Theatreworks is proud to announce our Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre (FSRT) lineup featuring three award-winning works with women as central to each story. 

FSRT themes consider the question of what happens when the choice between individual rights and responsibility to humanity becomes too knotty to unravel; Do we simply cut the ties? Or, do we carefully and intentionally untangle and examine the threads? How do we decide whose rights, are right?

The three plays—a comedy and two dramas --are performed in repertory six nights a week June 27-July 23, 2023 at the Firehouse Arts & Events Center, Bellingham. Tickets at

Bringing these themes to life are artists and directors from throughout the Pacific Northwest, including students from our local high-school debate teams. 

The plays:

What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck, directed by Mark KuntzBottom of Form

Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful and achingly-human new play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace her profound relationship to the constitution.  

Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, 2019

Obie Award winner: Best New American Play, 2019

2019 Best American Play, New York Drama Critics Circle, 2019

Time Magazine’s 10 Best Theater Performances of 2019

“Not just the best play to open on Broadway so far this season, but also the most important.” – The New York Times

Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams, directed by Kathryn Van Meter

Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic struggles of the mother’s son. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser.

“eloquent study of people caught between the competing demands of reason, morality and family…harrowing…a narrative that is as elegant as it is chilling.” - Washington Post

Keely and Du by Jane Martin, directed by Kayla Adams

A volatile drama about abortion, Keely and Du is a mind-probing issue play with a gripping human face. What is the extent of individual freedom? What are a rape victim’s rights? Their passionate stories exist on the extreme edge of everyday reality.

1994 Pulitzer Prize finalist

"Compelling [...] Bound to stir vigorous discussion." - The New York Times

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