The Inappropriate Suitor, a new play by Erik Hammen 

A classic “us against the world” love story about a wild boarding school girl and a city boy, and the strange and oppressive world around them. Inspired by German Expressionism, boarding school gothic, and Medieval super-science, The Inappropriate Suitor is a striking, freaky, and hilarious show that will appeal to fans of melodrama, old New York, Tim Burton, doppelgangers, and ice skating.

> Run time is approximately 120 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

Performance Schedule

Performing at The Ballard Underground November 3rd – 18th.

Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m.
Industry Night on Monday, November 6th at 7:30 p.m.


Tickets are available online.

Tickets are also available, subject to availability, 30 minutes prior to each performance at The Ballard Underground.


Students, seniors, and Theatre Puget Sound Members receive tickets for $15 through Stranger Tickets or at the door.

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact for specific rates.

Thursdays and Industry Nights are always Pay-What-You-Can at the door!


The Ballard Underground is located at 2220 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107


Beth Pollack: Ronveig
Kate Danley: Headmistress/Bar Patron
Trish Cosgrove: Dr Spangler
Isis King: Genvieve/Albertine/Ensemble
Emily Pike: Julietta/Cat Woman
Lark Ballinger: Hotchan/Rogi
Atticus Koontz: Robot/Goon/Fritzi/Ensemble
Kevin Seal: Stovepipe Georg/Wolf Faced man
Mike Gilson: Bartender/Giant Rat/Cop


Steven Sterne: Director
Laura Marx: Assistant Director
Hannah Buckendorf: Production Manager
Sandra Bobman: Stage Manager
Reiko Huffman: Set/Props Designer
Konstantin Lazarov: Props Master
Briana Schwartz: Costume Designer
Stefanie Senior: Sound Designer
Lily Mcleod: Lighting Designer

There’s something in this play for everyone. It’s like Chaplin’s “City Lights,” Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” and Robert Wiene’s “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” all at once – except that most of the powerful people in the play are female. It’s weird and funny and sweet and sad. Best of all, “The Inappropriate Suitor” is it’s own damned thing, richly brimming with gritty integrity.

Steven Stern – Director

I’ve been reading a lot of various books lately, and I’ve developed a new outlook. Because, see, the system is basically stacked against guys like me, and I’m not gonna go quietly.

ghostlightThe Inappropriate Suitor