At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Co-Presented by The Seattle Times.
Human experience is complex, confusing, layered, ambiguous, open-ended. I suppose that what novelists try to do, or at least this novelist, is to capture as much of that complexity and contingency as possible on the page, in hopes of making some sense of our experience . . . I’m simply trying to write the story as I see it, with all the accuracy and clarity I can bring to bear, and hopefully with enough artistry that the reader feels a personal stake in the outcome and keeps reading.
— Ben Fountain
[An] inspired, blistering war novel . . . though it covers only a few hours, the book is a gripping, eloquent provocation. Class, privilege, power, politics, sex, commerce, and the life-or-death dynamics of a battle all figure in Billy Lynn’s surreal game day experience.
— The New York Times
So much of Fountain’s work . . . reads with easy grace. Sometimes genius is anything but rarefied; sometimes it’s just the thing that emerges after twenty years of working at your kitchen table.
— Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
Ben Fountain has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writers Award, an O. Henry Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and two Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Awards, among other honors and awards.
His fiction has been published in Harper’s,The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, and New Stories from theSouth: The Year’s Best, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times and TheNew York Times Sunday Magazine, among other publications.
His reportage on post-earthquake Haiti was nationally broadcast on the radio show “This American Life.” He and his family live in Dallas, Texas.
Selected Works Billy’s Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2012) Brief Encounters With Che Guevara (2006)
This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall.
Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.
From Southbound I-5 Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound I-5 Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
From Northbound I-5 via Westbound I-90 Take the 2C exit for I-5 North. Follow signs for Madison Street/Convention Place and merge right onto Seventh Avenue. Turn left onto Madison Street. Proceed three blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue four blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
By Public Transit (Bus & Light Rail)
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).
The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.
Parking is also available at:
The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.
Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. This option is present at every event at Benaroya Hall in our 2019/20 Season.
Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Benaroya Hall has an infrared hearing system, which transmits sound by light beams. Headsets are available in The Boeing Company Gallery coat check and the Head Usher stations in bothlobbies.
Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.
Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at our venues, and our venues are fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Guide and service dogs are also welcome. Among other features, Benaroya Hall has designated parking spaces adjacent to elevators in their parking garage. Elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. A unisex restroom is also available. For more details on their accessibility features, click here.
We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive.Our Patron Services Manager is available at email@example.com, or Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at 206.621.2230×10.