SIS Productions presents the full West Coast Premiere of Impenetrable by Mia McCullough
April 11 – May 3, 2014

SIS Productions presents Impenetrable by Mia McCullough at West of Lenin located at 203 N 36th Street in Seattle's Fremont district. The play runs April 11 through May 3, 2014. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $12 for students/seniors/actors. Lower rates are available for those who buy tickets in advance or come as a group. Call (206) 323-9443 or email for reservations and information. Tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets ~ call 1-800-838-3006 or go to

Inspired by true events, Impenetrable, a play by Mia McCullough, explores society's obsession with beauty in a deeply compelling and funny way. In 2007, a billboard image of a gorgeous, bikini-clad young woman appears superimposed with arrows pointing to "problem areas" that a local spa can fix. Even an ideal woman, the ad proclaims, can benefit from physical improvement. The community boycotts, but who is the outrage against? The spa owner, for tapping into women's fears? Or an entire society that values women for their looks more than their personal achievements? This smart and revealing play delves into the impossible expectations of female beauty, especially the ones women (and men) place on themselves.

In 2012, Impenetrable was a finalist for the Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, which recognizes the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City.

Rated "PG" – appropriate for those ten years of age and older.

Impenetrable is written by Mia McCullough, directed by Charles Waxberg and produced by Rachel Rene Araucto, Kathy Hsieh, Lisa Marie Nakamura, Miko Premo & Roger Tang with support from Lorna Chin and Melissa Slaughter.

Featuring a multi-cultural cast: Erwin Galan, Kathy Hsieh, Sara Javkhlan, Lisa Marie Nakamura, Shane Regan and Ruth Yeo-Peterman, plus stage management by Rachel Rene Araucto.

SIS Productions is a production company that strives to create, develop and produce quality works that involve Asian American women, their themes, and Asian American issues. SIS Productions encourages opportunities and support for Asian American women to be involved in all aspects of the production of artistic endeavors.

Mia McCullough's plays have been produced in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Stage Left Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists; and around the country at theatres such as Actors' Express in Atlanta, InterAct in Philadelphia, The Old Globe and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego, the Victory Theatre in Los Angeles, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. Her break-through play Chagrin Falls garnered many awards including the American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award, first prize in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition, and a Joseph Jefferson Citation for New Work. Since Africa was commissioned by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and a nominee for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play. Ms. McCullough is currently adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Performance Schedule:
Friday, April 11 at 8pm
Saturday, April 12 at 4 & 8pm
Thursday, April 17 at 8pm
Saturday, April 19 at 8pm
Friday, April 25 at 8pm
Saturday, April 26 at 4 & 8pm
Monday, April 28 at 8pm
Thursday, May 1 at 8pm
Friday, May 2 at 8pm
Saturday, May 3 at 8pm

Special Events: SIS Productions is excited to announce some very special events that will take place during the run of Impenetrable.

OPENING NIGHT GALA: Join the Impenetrable cast and crew for a gala reception and opening night party after the 8pm show on Friday, April 11. Admission to the gala is free with an opening night ticket.

POST-PLAY DISCUSSIONs: Join us after every performance for a post-play discussion with the cast.

Special thanks to 4Culture King County Lodging Tax for their support of this production.

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