Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theater returns

Steve Lyons and Mark Kuntz founded Bellingham Theaterworks in 2014. Until the pandemic, they’d produced several plays each year, many under the auspices of Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theater.

Refreshingly, this year’s theme is “youth” and involves three plays: “Big, Scary Animals,” “The Children,” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” running June 28 through July 24 at the FireHouse Arts and Events Center at 1314 Harris Avenue.

“This year we’re adding seats by doing it in the round,” Steve says. Capacity will increase from about 70 seats to 120.

Increasing capacity has an advantage in that people will not be squeezed in so tightly, which helps with concerns about COVID. As of now, masks are required (and are provided), proof of vaccination will not be.

Kayla Adams is a Chicago-based director, producer, and teaching artist who graduated from Western Washington University in 2016 and has worked with Bellingham TheatreWorks numerous times as a director and assistant director. She’s directing “Big, Scary Animals,” about an older white couple from the country who moves to the city to be closer to their granddaughter and unknowingly settles in a gay neighborhood.