The Great Inconvenience

2050. Somewhere on the West Coast of the United States. A scrappy group of historical re-enactors—orphans of our next civil war—have formed a chosen family. Abandoned by a government that no longer pretends to serve any but the rich, their survival gig is helping to whitewash some of the worst atrocities in American history for audiences of wealthy schoolchildren.
When an unexpected visitor starts camping out in their dioramas, portending a new and growing danger, they’re forced to face their own histories, and contend with the revelation that the woman they all work for is much more than just their boss.

From playwright Holly Arsenault and director Erin Kraft, the team that created Annex’s 2013 hit, Undo (Gregory Award, Gypsy Rose Lee Award), a new story about families, histories, and nations lost and found. Read an interview with Holly Arsenault & Erin Kraft in The Seattle Times.


Anoushka – Jocelyn Maher
Archie – Nick Edwards
Beebi – Mi Kang
Cy – Marty Mukhalian
Medjo – Samantha Canela


Stage Manager – Kristin Brown
Costume Designer – Emily Woods Hogue
Lighting Designer – Maryalice Weed
Scenic Designer – Jenna Ryan
Properties Designer – Samantha Fisher
Sound Designers – Rob Witmer & Chris Leher
Production Manager – Kayla Walker
Technical Director – Chris Leher
Scenic Builder – Adam Zopfi-Hulse
Dramaturg – Shelby Lunderman

Recommended by The Stranger & City Arts Magazine

Playwright Holly Arsenault has reached out to local organizations dedicated to preserving and perpetuating histories discussed in the play. Learn more about:

Densho – Dedicated to sharing the story of World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans in order to deepen understandings of American history and inspire action for equity.

Cherokee Heritage Center

Acadian Museum

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes – Engaged in an effort to ensure that information about Mexican Repatriation during the depression is included in the California public school curriculum.

Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture – Opening soon in Seattle.

Chief Seattle Club – dedicated to physically and spiritually supporting American Indian and Alaska Native people.