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Playwrights Welcome!

Stage West is happy to announce that we will be participating in the new, national Playwrights Welcome! initiative. We are delighted to offer day-of-show tickets to Dramatists Guild Members in our community and to do our part in keeping our present and future writers immersed in their craft.

From the website:

Playwrights Welcome is a new program created to support and inspire these writers, as well as the next generation of great American plays and musicals. The goal is simple: to provide free access to theatre for playwrights, composers and lyricists around the country. 

Developed for the Dramatists Guild of America Members, Playwrights Welcome is a national ticketing initiative created by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. This program was made out of a desire to support the artistic health of our industry's writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theatre. 

We’re aware that attending theatre is an integral part to how writers learn their craft and grows as artists. However, it can often be costly for writers to do that simple act. Playwrights Welcome is designed to offer available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. These available tickets are ones that would otherwise go unsold; we firmly believe that no theater should give away a ticket that could otherwise be sold.  

 

posted: 
April 11, 2017

Submissions for the 11th Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition are now being accepted.

Submissions for the 11th Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition are now being accepted.

The winning play(s) chosen through this competition will be work-shopped and presented as a staged reading by professional actors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A $500 prize will be awarded to the winning playwright. A future, full production of the play is also possible.

The application postmark deadline will be April 15, 2017. The decision date is dependant upon the number of entries.

Plays can not have been published. The competition uses a method in which the readers do not know the names of the playwrights before the final results are announced.

The finalists will be shared with the public during the 2018 New Play Readings Festival.

Complete info here: http://www.stagewest.org/annual-southwest-playwriting-competition
Rules and Entry form: http://www.stagewest.org/sites/default/files/11thplaycompguide.pdf

posted: 
April 7, 2017

Neighborhood Play Contest Winners Announced!

Every year, North Central Texas area students are invited to write a short play, narrative or monologue for our Neighborhood Play Contest.  Sample themes include: culture, family, social issues, and life struggles or accomplishments. This year we have selected 14 plays and 13 monologues from 9 different schools to be staged and performed during the Festival of the Kid.  The 2017 Festival of the Kid will take place on the evenings of May 8th, 9th, and 10th. Two performances each evening (6:30pm and 8:15pm.)

From Benbrook Middle-High School

Thin Walls by Taylor Snider
The Sound of Life by Autumn Lanning and Lexi McCarthy

From Alice Carlson Elementary School

The Legend of Pumpkin Head by Matilda Flowers

From Waypoint Montessori

Quiet by Isabel Garza

From Carter-Riverside High School

Never Give Up by Fabrice Rutembesa
Shedding Skin by Alexa Weekly
Numbers: A Collection of Poetry by Rayleen Garcia
Monologue by Katia Ramirez

From Applied Learning Academy

In the Ground by Jociel Sigala
Monologue by Amira Vazquez-Chavez
Talking to the Moon by Jasmine Santillan
The Norm of Society by Katherine Rocha
The Date by Stephanie Vega

From Fort Worth Country Day

Center: A Dance With Words by Joe Westermann
Plastic Family by Chloe Gilpin
Three by Finn Connor

From Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts

4th Grade by Karris House
Dolls by Karris House
Puzzle Piece by Grace Jones
The Tea Party Tale by Grace Jones
Secrets by Kenzie Harrison

From Booker T. Washington HSPVA

The Story of Caroline Herschel by Madi Thoele
No Wrong Way To Cry by Calliope Thompson
Museless by Demi Tomasides
On the River by Leah Brooke Davis
Privilege by Leah Brooke Davis

From Trimble Tech HS

Target by Brianna Edwards
posted: 
January 31, 2017

Dallas Morning News: Catch a show, help with medical bills for director Derek Whitener

Theatre Three, Stage West, MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, Giant Entertainment and Frisco Theatre have joined The Firehouse Theatre, Onstage in Bedford, Mama's Party, WaterTower Theatre, Denton Community Theatre in rallying to raise money for Derek Whitener, Firehouse Theatre's artistic and education director. Whitener was treated at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas with a fractured skull after being attacked by two men in a parking lot at Target in Cityplace Jan. 14. He had surgery Sunday to remove a hematoma on his brain.

Read Nancy Churnin's full article: http://www.dallasnews.com/arts/theater/2017/01/17/local-theaters-give-ti...

Fund link: https://www.gofundme.com/dereks-medical-bills 

posted: 
January 18, 2017

PAY IT FORWARD!

Celebrate the season of GIVING with us as we #PayItForward! 10% of Dec 8 Murder for Two ticket sales will benefit Ninja Paws Rescue and 10% of Dec 16 Murder for Two ticket sales will benefit The Women's Center.

These two organizations embody the holiday spirit of goodwill and kindness, and we are excited to invite our patrons to share an evening of laughs with us while we all give back to our local community. 

Critics are calling Murder for Two “(a) hilariously fine showcase of two extraordinarily versatile and funny entertainers.” -Theatre Jones

And audiences have been delighted: "Amazing! This is one of my all time favorites! We were blown away!” - Donna D.

 

 

Purchase your tickets for the Friday Dec 16 performance benefitting THE WOMEN’S CENTER.

MISSION: Founded in 1979, the mission of The Women's Center is inspiring, teaching and empowering women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. The Women’s Center offers hope for a better tomorrow to the women, men and children of Tarrant County.  website

 

 Purchase your tickets for the Thursday Dec 8 performance benefitting NINJA PAWS RESCUE.

MISSION: Our main mission is to prevent animal suffering. Our rescued animals receive medical attention and safe housing while preparing them for adoption. We will work in our community to eliminate pet overpopulation and prevent animal abuse. Our ultimate goal is to match our animals with the most  adopters to ensure their future is spent in a secure and loving environment. website

posted: 
November 29, 2016

Post-show Conversation

Deepen your experience

Post-Show Conversations are held afterThursday and Sunday performances. Audience members are invited to join us in the cafe for an open-ended discussion of ideas and meanings in the show. A member of the artistic or production staff is on hand to facilitate the exchange, and the bar will be open for drinks and desserts.

Deer playwright Aaron Mark will lead the Conversation on Sunday, March 26.

 

posted: 
August 5, 2016

A new article about Stage West!

The nice people at TexasHomesForSale wrote an article about the theatre for their website! Here's an excerpt: "Stage West is a live theater company that "nurtures the artistic growth of area actors, directors, designers, playwrights and musicians." For 37 years this Fort Worth theater company has set itself apart from other theaters...Enter Stage West and you may not want to exit." Read the whole thing on their website at this link!

posted: 
November 27, 2015

Stage West opens season with critically acclaimed ‘Bad Jews’

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

With a title like Bad Jews, one expects a Borscht Belt-style routine, perhaps from the mind of Jackie Mason, or a comedy involving cross-cultural shenanigans.

But instead it is a critically acclaimed play by Joshua Harmon that has become one of the most-produced plays in the country.

The play has its area premiere opening Stage West’s 37th season. It previews Thursday and Friday and opens Saturday for a monthlong run.

EVERYTHING IN THE PLAY I’VE HEARD TALKED ABOUT OVER A DINNER TABLE IN THE LAST YEAR.

Richard J. Allen

“It’s a vicious, angry comedy, but it’s also very beautiful and meaningful about how young people look at religion in America,” says Richard J. Allen, who is making his full-production directing debut at Stage West.

“Everything in the play I’ve heard talked about over a dinner table in the last year,” he says.

New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company premiered the play in 2013 at the Laura Pels Theatre, and it earned several critics’ and off-Broadway nods for best play. It went on to successful runs in London and around the U.S.

Stage West’s production stars Kelsey Milbourn, Garret Storms, Matthew Grondin and Alexandra Lawrence.

The story brings together three 20-something Jewish cousins at their grandfather’s funeral, with a similarly aged gentile in the mix. They argue over a specific heirloom, which leads to discussions about the clashing of tradition and modernity, a common generational debate that happens with every religion and culture.

 

posted: 
September 22, 2015

Stage West wins with FW Weekly Best of 2015!

Stage West is delighted to have picked up several nods from Fort Worth Weekly's annual Best of awards:

Best Performing Arts Organization:  Readers' choice.
Theater Troupe:  Readers' choice.
Male Actor:  Critics' choice, Jim Covault for Red - "the troupe's pillar did tremendous work..."

We are thrilled to receive these!
 

posted: 
September 28, 2015

2015/2016 Season!


 

Main Stage

Bad Jews
By Joshua Harmon
October 1 – November 1

After their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins wage a vicious and hilarious battle over a spiritually charged  heirloom.  “There’s nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people. This unhappy truth is displayed with delectably savage humor in Bad Jews, a zesty comedy by Joshua Harmon… (that is) the best comedy of the season.”  New York Times

a radioactive brew of neuroses and glee for audiences of all stripes. – Hollywood Reporter

The Heir Apparent
By Jean François Regnard, adapted by David Ives
November 12 – December 13
Produced in association with Theatre TCU

Eraste and his wily valet employ intrigues, deceits, and disguises to part a cranky uncle from his money, get the girl, and to achieve the hilariously happy ending any classic comedy deserves. A witty and antic adaptation that blends modern elements with the 17th century original.

boisterous, bawdy and endlessly funny – New York Times

Sexy Laundry
By Michele Riml
December 31 – January 31
Produced in association with WaterTower Theatre

Michele Riml’s romantic comedy comes to Stage West after being a huge hit at WaterTower.  Henry and Alice, married for 25-years, are trying to find a way to spice up their dormant marriage with a weekend in a swanky hotel room and the help of a good book… (not the Bible).

Bob Hess and Wendy Welch are awkward, hilarious, and genuine as Henry and Alice.  –TheaterJones

The Nether
By Jennifer Haley
March 10 – April 10

In the not-too-distant future, a detective investigates a virtual reality site where taboo acts of secret desires are blurring moral boundaries. She finds herself in a battle of wills with a charismatic suspect and wrestles with the question, is there a crime if bodies are virtual and blood is just bits of computer code?
Includes adult subject matter.

a haunting and highly original modern fairy-tale that combines creepy enchantment with a whiff of sulphur.  – The Telegraph

Wait Until Dark
By Frederick Knott 
A new adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher
May 26 – June 26

This classic thriller pits a lone blind woman against a group of ruthless criminals. They’re hell-bent on retrieving a doll (filled with diamonds) which she accidentally has in her apartment. But they’re up against surprisingly resourceful opponent, one who knows that the only way to win is to play by her own rules.

a terrific premise, an enthralling lead character, and a whopper of a climax. – CurtainUp Los Angeles

Bootycandy
By Robert O’Hara
August 11 – September 11

Robert O’Hara’s wildly imaginative, incendiary satire is a kaleidoscope of sketches that portray growing up gay and African-American. With variety-show vivacity, outrageous humor, and real heart and soul, it tests how we talk about human desire and racial stereotypes at home, in church, and on the corner. Recommended for 17+

Smart, searing, and sensationally funny.  – New York Times

Studio

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
By Tom Mula
November 27 – December 20

A new take on the Dickens classic. Jacob Marley’s spirit is given one chance to escape his eternal chains – by redeeming Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart is indeed opened, but not before Marley – in this irreverent, funny, and moving story – discovers his own.

Nothing less than an anthem to human nature, to imagination, and to the wonder of a compelling story.  – The Chicago Tribune

Buyer & Cellar
By Jonathan Tolins
March 17- April 10

A struggling actor in L.A. takes a job working in a megastar’s Malibu basement (which is fitted out as an old-time shopping street). When the Lady herself comes down to play, it feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.

Hilarious! Beyond brilliant. This show will go down like butta!   – Entertainment Weekly

An Iliad
By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
Based on Homers The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles
August 25 – September 18

The Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. A lone storyteller – possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps - relates the tale he is fated to tell throughout history. “An Iliad is pure theatre, shocking, glorious, primal and deeply satisfying.”  Time Out New York

Explosive, altogether breathtaking… Brilliantly meshes past and present calamity with touches of the most caustic dark humor suddenly shifting into unimaginable pathos. – The Chicago Sun-Times


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posted: 
August 16, 2015

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