An Actor-Driven, Populist Theater
At its height in 1987, PST was running plays on three stages, five nights a week, at times selling more tickets than the Seattle Rep on any given night. Its multi-headed artistic vision was actor-driven and populist, with a penchant for edgy drama, musicals, and unpretentious comedy.
Artistically notable are:
- The original musical Angry Housewives by founder Anna Marie Collins and Chad Henry, which ran for six years, the longest running play in Seattle history
- The first season of entirely world premier’ new works produced in Seattle
- The longest continuous festival of new works in Seattle history
- The West Coast premiere of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
- A hit production of ER/Emergency Room which ran for over a year
- A hit production of The Foreigner by Larry Shue which ran for over a year
- The transformation of an old porno place to a main stage venue in 17 days
Pioneer Square Theater's example of multiple artistic visions working collectively and alternative methods of production set an example for the Fringe Theater movement that blossomed in Seattle in the 1990s.