Seattle Theater Group’s annual summer series Nights at the Neptune offers free performances at The Neptune Theater in Seattle’s University District. The series focuses on showcasing local artists’ work as it relates to race and social justice.
Since 2013, Seattle Theatre Group has been producing the free Nights at the Neptune series as a way to create space for local artists and organizations to connect with the people of Seattle. The series’ focus is on Art that relates to the pressing issues of our time. Nights at the Neptune honors and celebrates our shared cultures and uplifts a more multicultural community.
About Seattle’s Neptune Theater
Neptune Theatre closed as a single-screen movie house in January 2011 and is now operated by Seattle Theatre Group (STG), the non-profit operators of the historic Neptune, as well as the Paramount and Moore Theatres.
STG reconfigured the Neptune Theatre to increase options for community engagement in the arts. In its 90th year of operation, the historic Neptune Theatre (circa 1921) has been transformed from a single screen cinema, into Seattle’s newest live performance multi-use arts venue. Their mission is to present diverse performing arts while preserving this historic cultural icon.
On September 25, 2011 the newly renovated Neptune Theatre opened to the public featuring local musician Mark Lanegan. In honor of the theatre’s history of showing the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the film was screened on re-opening and is now shown annually.
STG’s vision for The Neptune Theatre is to present fresh, new, local, national and international performing artists, while continuing the tradition of screening film. Planned programming includes: concerts representing a broad spectrum of musical genres, comedy and speakers, education and community programs, free public events, and of course independent and cult-classic films.
On November 14, 2017, the City of Seattle’s Landmark Preservation Board voted to designate the Neptune Theatre building as a city landmark. STG now proudly operates three City of Seattle Historic Landmarks.
Nights at the Neptune summer series
Nights at the Neptune: A People’s Theatre Joint, is a platform designed to give voice to some of our most pressing race and social justice issues, using art to shake and awaken our consciousness to inequity, while celebrating our shared cultures and forgotten histories.
Each year, local artists and arts organizations respond to an open call for submissions to the series. A panel of local artists, entrepreneurs, activists and advocates review and select the final list of participants.
With community support from The Norcliffe Foundation, STG opens The Neptune to the artists for free to mount a performance, that is also free to the public, providing access to all. This is performing arts by the people, for the people.
Nights at the Neptune gives voice to some of our most pressing race and social justice issues, using art to shake up and awaken our consciousness to inequity, while celebrating our shared cultures and forgotten histories.
When: Thursday nights, July 11 – August 15, 2019.
Admission: All shows are FREE.
2019 Nights at the Neptune Shows