Stage West Announces 2016-2017 Season

Stage West is pleased to announce the lineup for its 38th season!   The new season offers six plays plus a season extra; patrons purchasing season tickets before October 1 will receive a discount on the season extra. It’s an exciting mix of shows featuring fresh takes on classic stories, cutting edge Regional Premieres, and a daring, not-to-be-missed World Premiere!

2016-17 lineup:

Season Extra:

Ann (The Ann Richards Play)

by Holland Taylor

 TICKETS: Click here to purchase show tickets for Ann.

Area Premiere 
October 6 - November 6

Tough as nails. Funny as hell. 
Our brassy blue governor Ann Richards is brought to vivid life in a tour-de-force one woman show. Ann is an inspiring and hilarious new play that brings you face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating personality bigger than the state from which she hailed. Take a break from the election season, and come sit a spell with one of politics’ most unforgettable characters.

A spot-on tribute to the iconic Texas governor. - Austin CultureMap

Murder for Two

Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Book and Music by Joe Kinosian

November 17 - December 18

A killer musical comedy. 
A fateful night. A surprise party. A great American novelist is killed…fatally. A small town policeman with dreams of making detective jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills and find the killer before the real detective arrives! Murder for Two is a perfect blend of music, mayhem, and murder with a twist - one actor investigates the crime, the other plays (all) the suspects, and did we mention, they both play piano! A witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.

Ingenious! A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs. - The New York Times

Stupid F*cking Bird

by Aaron Posner, sort of adapted from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

Regional Premiere

January 19 - February 19

Don’t like your story? Rewrite that sh*t.

Dev loves Mash. Mash loves Con. Con loves Nina. Nina loves Trig. But so does Emma. Thus, the stage is set for sidesplitting heartache. An irreverent and unabashedly provocative riff on Chekhov’s classic tale of the timeless battle between young and old, past and present, amidst the search for the true meaning of it all - only this time, convention gets shot to f*cking hell.

A staggering work of heartbreaking, stupid fucking genius. - Time Out Chicago


by Aaron Mark

World Premiere
March 9 - April 9

A grisly, pitch-black comedy
Ken and Cynthia have been married for thirty years. Ken and Cynthia drive to their vacation home for the weekend. Ken and Cynthia hit a deer. Ken seriously just wants to spend the weekend alone with his wife, but Cynthia seriously will not abandon their lifeless, bloody new pet. As the carcass begins to take over their lives, secrets surface, sanity slips, and someone may not be quite as dead as they should be.

Aaron Mark’s [writing]…is vivid, original, and mesmerizing. - Theater Pizzazz

The Aliens

by Annie Baker

May 4 - June 4

Life, disenchantment, rock and roll, and fireworks.
At a table next to the dumpster behind a Vermont coffee shop, two friends straddling youth and adulthood spend their days pondering life, music, and Bukowski. When a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, they take him under their wing and teach him everything they know. A play with music about connection, creation, and what it takes to grow up.

Such a stark reminder of...youthful hope - The Telegraph

Sex With Strangers

by Laura Eason

Regional Premiere
June 22 - July 23

Sex plus the Internet. What could go wrong?
When twenty-something star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure forty-ish novelist Olivia, in the middle of a blizzard, they find they each crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, the truth comes out and both must confront the dark side of ambition and the difficulty of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.

Sexually and intellectually provocative…A hell of a lot of fun! —The Hollywood Reporter.

The Royal Society of Antarctica

by Mat Smart

Regional Premiere
August 24 - September 24

What do you find at the bottom of the world?
A young woman seeking to understand her mother’s disappearance joins the ranks of a ragtag group of misfits and scientists who serve at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Amidst janitorial duties, never-ending daylight, and subzero temperatures, this lonely and rugged bunch find an escape from the world and a home for each other. A striking and luminous story about why we run away and what happens when we finally come face to face with what we’ve been running away from.

Such a goofy, painful, honest exploration of the relationships…that any single description is absurdly limiting. - Chicago Sun Times