Joshi Directs New Comedy at Intiman

Written by Laura Paskin
August 18, 2015

Theatre Professor Rosa Joshi is directing the comedy John Baxter Is a Switch Hitter at the Intiman Theatre. The new comedy by local playwrights Ana Brown and Andrew Russell is inspired by an outrageous-but-true story that hits close to home: the 2008 Gay Softball World Series held in Seattle.

"Like many classic American plays, John Baxter Is a Switch Hitter directs a very focused lens into one specific community in order to reflect universal truths about the larger world," says Joshi. "Through the metaphor of the great American pastime, Ana and Andrew ask us: If people of goodwill can't get to the first base of co-existence, what hope is there for any of us? It's a big question, posed with incredible humor, joy, and theatricality in this big play that challenges us to embrace a broader sense of humanity."

Joshi leads a vibrant cast of 18 local actors including alum Meme Garcia '15. Current student Meghan Roche '16 is assistant to the sound designer.

John Baxter Is a Switch Hitter runs August 20 - September 27 at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. Read a review here.

Joshi, who is acting chair of the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership, received her MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama. She is a co-founder of the all female company upstart crow and has directed professionally in Seattle at theatre such as Seattle Shakespeare Company and Strawberry Theatre Workshop. Joshi joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and has taught at Hong Kong University and Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and 7 master's degrees, including an MFA in Arts Leadership.