STEEPLECHASE PRODUCTIONS is a Seattle based non-profit performing arts company, dedicated to the production of live theatre.



Deux / Two Rooms

a play by Mansel Robinson and a French translation by Jean Marc Dalpé

workshop coming soon!




great inventors build machines of gears and springs

in imitation of celestial things...

"Light in a Vacuum"

a play in one act, by Tom Ansart

was first staged at the new work festival hosted by Eclectic Theatre Company on:

Saturday, June 8th, 7:40 pm


Ji Shin as Julie, Meredith Binder as Dorothy

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frequently asked questions:

Who was in the original cast?






 past performances...


Playing French Seattle, under the sponsorship of the University of Washington French and Italian Studies, featured the works of Eugène Ionesco at its 2011 festival. The mainstage production was "La Leçon" directed by Adrian Cameron, featuring:

Robert Riedl (Le Professeur), Sarah Fairchild (La jeune Éleve) and Natalie Tomaszewski (La Bonne).

Additionally Hannah Duff and Rozanna Fang performed a scene from "La Cantatrice Chauve." All performances were in French language with English supertitles.



Playing French Seattle 2010
Molière's "Le Médecin Malgré Lui"

Molière's original French text, with English supertitles

Directed by Roger Tompkins

Final Curtain

November 14, 2010

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Arwen Dewey - Valerie

Stacy Earl - Perrin

Andre Golard - Robert

Margaret Holland - Martine

Jad Kassouf - Sganarelle

David Klein - Géronte

Maurice Lekea - Thibaut

Kris Murray - Léandre

Lonnie Renteria - Lucas

Natalie Tapias - Jacqueline

Stephanie Uhmann - Lucinde

Playing French Seattle 2009

Playing French Seattle 2009 featured the works of playwright Matei Visniec

The third annual festival of plays written in French language featured the work of Romanian born playwright Matei Visniec.  The festival ran October 19 - November 1 at the University of Washington's Ethnic Cultural Theatre.Two works by Visniec were staged:  "Le Deuxième Tilleul à Gauche" and "Old Clown Wanted."  University of Washington doctorial candidate Otilia Baraboi opened the festival on October 20 and introduced Visniec's plays.

This festival of absurdist plays by French and francophone playwrights also included work by Georges Feydeau, Honoré de Balzac, and Samuel Beckett.

Honoré de Balzac, novelist of "La Comedie Humaine," wrote five plays before his death in 1850.  The last of which, "Le Faiseur," was accepted by the Comedie Française but not staged there until 143 years later, in 1993.  This new bilingual (French /English) adaptation was directed by Steeplechase Producer Tom Ansart.  The central character of the play, Mercadet, is a stock speculator who has been swindled by his business partner, Godeau.  The play is a foreshadowing of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot."

Finally Seattle Novyi Theatre staged Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," directed by Leonid Anisimov, and starring Amy Yeater as Winnie, which closed the festival on Sunday, November 1.

For more information contact:

Tom Ansart, Producer, Steeplechase Productions/Playing French Seattle


Playing French Seattle/Steeplechase Productions

Here's a link to our youtube clip (courtesy Chris Maxfield)


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