Live theatre Returns!

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What We Were

by Blake Hackler

Directed by Charlotte Peters


October 15 - November 6, 2021

12th Ave Arts (1620 12th Ave, Seattle)

All shows at 7:30pm.


Starring Lauren Freman, Tracy Leigh, Lisa Viertel, and Tyler Bonnell

Tickets: $15 - $22

Video by Peter Antoniou

"A Stunning Story from a Stellar Cast." Read the review!

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About the play:

After disappearing from the small East Texas town where she grew up, Tessa turns up in Seattle seventeen years later. Now her sisters, Nell and Carlin, try to uncover the truth of where she’s been, who she’s been, and what happened in their past. How much of the family’s secrets are the sisters willing to face in order to save Tessa? Inspired by true events and weaving back and forth through the decades, What We Were is a story of sisterhood, survival, and healing. Pony World Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of a play that has been heralded as “daring” and “searing” and is sure to inspire curiosity while it touches hearts.


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Starring: Lauren Freman, Tracy Leigh, Lisa Viertel, and Tyler Bonnell

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​​​​​Returning to live theatre SAFELY!

Read below about all our COVID precautions.


Back in March of 2020, we were in rehearsals for What We Were when the pandemic shutdown Washington State and almost all live arts across the country. At the time, we pledged to the artists that we would complete this production when the arts could return safely.


Now, with the proper protocols in place, we believe it is that time. What We Were will open October 15 at 12th Ave Arts and run through November 6.




We have drawn up protocols to keep all of our artists and audience safe. Here is our plan:


  • Every artist, staff person, and volunteer involved in the production is fully vaccinated.

  • Audience members must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination at the door.

  • We further ask audience members to wear masks.

  • 12th Avenue Arts is a well-ventilated building, and even though we are in the larger mainstage space, we will limit the number of audience members in order to maintain social distancing.

  • Audience seating is spaced with distance, and actors keep a safe distance from audiences.

  • To minimize mingling in close quarters, we will not have an intermission with this performance. The runtime of the play is 104 minutes.


We love these wonderful artists, and we love you, too! That's why we want everyone to stay healthy and safe. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.