MANIFESTO v.5 Book Launch Celebration

22 April 2018, Noon
Seattle Repertory Theater, 155 Mercer St. Seattle

Rain City Projects is excited to launch MANIFESTO v.5! Playwright Lauren Yee handpicked this compilation of plays by Pacific Northwest-affiliated playwrights.

The plays in MANIFESTO v.5 are the following:
TERRA INCOGNITA by Benjamin Benne
NADESHIKO by Keiko Green
ROZ AND RAY by Karen Hartman
BO-NITA by Elizabeth Heffron
SOUND by Don X. Nguyen
DO IT FOR UMMA by Seayoung Yim.

This is a free event that will feature excerpts of the compilation in the form of staged readings, directed by Pamala Mijatov. No tickets required, event will have general seating.


Since 1991, Rain City Projects has been dedicated to supporting and promoting professional playwrights and their work. To that end we develop projects to raise the profile of the playwright within the working theater community, and to further an understanding of the playwright's role to the larger community that makes up the audience.

Past PROJECTS include:

- Publishing almost two hundred individual scripts.

- Publishing and circulating a monthly newspaper serving the Seattle theater community.

Current PROJECTS include:

- Publishing anthologies of new work, called the MANIFESTO SERIES, edited by nationally prominent playwrights connected to the Pacific Northwest. These books are distributed with an abundance of enthusiasm to theaters and universities all over the world, free of charge.

- Giving SWEETNESS GRANTS to Pacific Northwest playwrights when their work is produced away from home.

- Igniting solidarity in the Seattle playwrighting community with lively BRUNCHES, SALONS, READINGS, and SPEED DATING between writers and directors.

Rain City Projects is powered by Shunpike.
Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups
in Washington State with services, resources, and fiscal sponsorship.

Rain City Projects is supported in part by an award from 4 Culture.

Rain City Projects is a collaborator and advocate of the Umbrella Project.


September 2017
18th & Union

Much like an actual speed dating event, where one goes to find the person they would love to date, our Speed Dating is set up to help artists find others with whom they'd love to work. We also hope to simply get a variety of theater artist chatting about their work with people they might not normally have the opportunity to talk with.
12 directors and 12 playwrights will meet up. Each has one minute to talk about their work (with a couple of extra minutes to shoot the breeze). At the end of the night contact information will be distributed and hopefully sparks for new working relationships!


Sunday 20 September 2015, 10:30am - 12:30pm

On Sunday, September 20, 2015 RCP hosted a writing event. Participants brought a laptop or notebook, grabbed a hot beverage, and joined other playwrights around the table for a casual group writing session. We provided writing prompts, but some writers worked separately on their own plays.

MANIFESTO 4 edited by Chay Yew

The Manifesto Series is not a "greatest hits" anthology -- each editor has an axe to grind, a chip on the shoulder, a vision of how theater would be better if only it had more of THIS. Each editor looks over the body of work written and produced in the Pacific Northwest and chooses plays that embody, articulate, or make manifest that editor's particular THIS. Chay Yew's magnificent selections for Volume 4 are as follows:

UNDO by Holly Arsenault
TORSO by Keri Healey
THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter
UNCLE HO TO UNCLE SAM by Trieu Tran with Robert Egan
PARTY PEOPLE by Universes

The hard copy book will be released on 25 October 2014. Please celebrate with us at the book release party at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington. Selections from all the plays will be read, and books will be available for sale and autographing by some of the playwrights.


On July 12, 2015, another playwright gathering was held. The weather was superb, the food was delectable, the company splendid. Theater is often a very social environment. Not so for the lonely playwright, isolated in the corner writing dialogue, often into the wee hours of the morning. Our purpose is to bring these artists together in a room to talk about craft, current projects, gossip, whatever.


On February 9, 2014, we had a rollicking day of grubs and chats. Thanks to everyone for braving the massive snow storm and joining us for another galvanizing event.