Congratulations to the Kathy Ingle Household, Kitty Case, and Kendall Nibert. You will each get an extra Season Pass! Happy New Year!
821/823 W Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Congratulations to the Kathy Ingle Household, Kitty Case, and Kendall Nibert. You will each get an extra Season Pass! Happy New Year!
Stage West is pleased to announce the theatre’s main stage space is being renamed the Jerry Russell Theatre, in honor of the organization’s beloved founder and long-time leader, Jerry Russell.
Stage West was founded on October 18, 1979 by Jerry Russell, on Houston Street in downtown Fort Worth. The first space was a 65-seat storefront theatre next to Russell’s European Sandwich Shoppe. The success of the first production necessitated the merging of the two spaces into a modest dinner theatre seating around 100. Before the end of the second season, Stage West had formed a Board of Directors, and moved to a new 9,000 square foot space at 821 W Vickery, converting the former warehouse into a theatre with a spacious front area. The theatre would remain at this location for ten more seasons, growing its subscription base and professional status.
Investigating the possibility of owing its own space, Stage West eventually found its way to the old TCU movie theatre at the corner of University Drive and Berry Street. After ten exciting years, the theatre sold that building and moved to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. In time, the group discovered that its former space on Vickery was still available, and following a four-month renovation, Stage West opened its doors again at the Vickery location. And now, as of January 2018, Stage West officially owns its own building.
The spirit of Jerry’s original model is still in place. And the group is now expanding and renovating its home to more fully reflect the legacy started by Jerry - a professional theatre destination serving Fort Worth, Dallas, and beyond with innovative and entertaining stories that entertain, inspire, and challenge us, and creating an indelible imprint on the cultural landscape of Fort Worth.
Temporary signage will be put into place near the entrance to the main stage space, and once the renovations for the current Setting the Stage for the Future are complete, a more permanent treatment will installed. With the naming of the Jerry Russell Theatre, Stage West would also like to announce that naming rights are currently available for the second space (currently known as The Studio) for $400,000.00. This space will undergo extensive renovations in the coming year, complete with state of the art equipment and a flexible seating area with up to 200 seats.
Here's our page on the Communities Foundation of Texas Giving Day website: https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/stage-west
We have secured a dollar for dollar match with a goal of $35,000.00 from a generous private donor. HELP MAKE THAT MONEY OURS!
The 41st season includes a wide range of plays from beloved classics to hot, new contemporary plays being showcased all around the nation. Every gift to Stage West makes an impact on our ability to create great live programming that engages, entertains and challenges our community's citizens and tourists to the area. The greatest need is always towards our general operations. Without those dollars, there can be no lights, staff, facility, etc to make the creation of plays possible. We run on a "belt-tightened" budget with each dollar carefully accounted for. All of us at Stage West are proud to be producing in-the-black for over a decade now and to continue that financially responsible commitment to our donors and audiences.
Your donation supports our upcoming 41st Season of live theatre and educational programming. Stage West serves upwards of 25,000 community members each year and employs over a hundred local artists each season. We consider diversity - with the goal of a wide representation of the many cultures and communities within our region - a top priority. Thought-provoking programming that prompts people to explore outside of their comfort zone while encouraging tolerance and open conversation is at the forefront of season selection process. Beyond that, we want to entertain within a shared environment that brings people from all walks of life together.
In addition to our regular programming, Stage West runs over a dozen community outreach programs each year including the Festival of the Kid, the K-12 Neighborhood Play Contest, M.A.D.E.: An Indoor Arts and Music Festival, an annual collaboration with Bass Hall's Children's Education Program, and much more. Inspiring the next generation to explore the arts is a win-win for everyone.
Stage West is currently in the midst of a $3,250,000 comprehensive campaign to renovation the company's facility - including backstage bathrooms for creative teams and a new flexible black box theatre with audience capacity up to 200. Every dollar that goes to Stage West, now through December 2022, helps fund this campaign and secure/build the theatre's future.
December 15, 2019
When: Sunday, December 15 at Stage West Theatre 821 W. Vickery Blvd, 11am-5pm. First hour is for Stage West subscribers only.
What: A Music-Arts-Drinks-Eats festival inside Stage West Theatre’s 16,000 sqft warehouse performance space.
Cost to Public: Pay What You Can (we kindly suggest $10 per person; kids 12 and under are free.) All admissions are considered donations to Stage West, a 501-C-3 non-profit organization.
Cost to Participate as a Vendor: $75 per space. Spaces are irregular due to the nature of the facility and may range from 6x10 to 10x12 depending on the spot assigned. Special requests are accepted though not guaranteed. Once invited to participate, vendors have 14 business days to secure space by paying the fee by calling the theatre’s box office at 817-784-9378. Fee is non- refundable 30 days prior to event.
Product samples may be dropped off at 821 W. Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth, 76104, also due by September 15. Offers of space will be made by September 20, 2019. Any spaces that remain open after initial round will be offered by waitlist.
Stage West will be promoting the event all fall leading up to the date. Participants are strongly urged to heavily promote as well so as to broaden the reach of marketing beyond Stage West’s own audience.
Contact: Dana Schultes, Executive Producer dana [at] stagewest.org
817-338-1777 (work) 682-465-4811 (cell)
On July 27, 2019, Stage West will open the regional premiere of Lungs by Duncan Macmillan - a two person play that explores the changing landscape of a couple’s relationship as they grapple with the pros and cons of having a baby and the effects of raising a child in a world with ever-dwindling resources. It is both universal and intimately personal.
In preparing to share this acclaimed new script with our audiences, we have been reflecting on the ways in which we at Stage West can continue to cut down on our environmental footprint.
Below are a list of ways that various aspects of the organization have become green over the past, ways that we plan to be green by the opening of Lungs, and ways that we are looking to further “green” the organization in the future.
Ways We Were Green:
Ways We Will Be Green By Opening of Lungs:
Ways We Hope To Be Green In the Future:
As we are a not-for-profit organization, we would be delighted to accept support and advice from companies or organizations that could help us continue to diminish our carbon footprint. Contact our Executive Producer at dana [at] stagewest.org
Selected artists’ work will be displayed in four to six-week spots between October 2019 – September 2020. Between one and four artists will be featured per show during the Stage West 41st season.
Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, quilts, 3-D wall-friendly art, etc. All work should be framed and/or finished and presented in a professional manner.
6-18 artists will be selected to be featured throughout the season. Yes, you can submit to be considered again if you have previously shown at Stage West. *
Submit the following to dana [at] stagewest.org (subject: 41st%20Season%20Art) with “41st Season Art” in the subject line. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2019
What to send to Dana:
Information about Stage West? Please visit www.stagewest.org or call Dana Schultes at 817-338-1777 or send her an email at dana [at] stagewest.org (subject: 41st%20Season%20Art)
*There is no guarantee of a gallery spot. Submittal rates have averaged 4 artists for every 1 spot available.
Stage West is pleased to announce the installation of a new Assisted Listening Device system made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. John and Annie Mason. The system will include 16 receivers and headphones , as well as a handful of T-Coil neckloops which will also be available for those whose hearing aids are set up to receive the transmission. Both things will be available for Stage West’s Main Stage, starting with the first preview of Lungs by Duncan Macmillan on July 25. Upcoming renovations of Stage West’s second space, the Studio, will include the installation of the system in that venue as well.
Interested audience members can reserve headphones or neckloops in advance or request them from box office upon arrival. The devices will be checked out by exchange of drivers license.
The goal of this new system is to elevate the theatre-going experience for any patron who has hearing difficulties. Stage West wishes to acknowledge the assistance of David Lanza in the selection and installation of the system.
“There aren’t enough words to express how grateful we are to be able to offer this system to the hearing-impaired public. Our patrons mean so much to all of us. Every chance to increase their comfort and enjoyment while at the theatre is a delight,” saying Executive Producer Dana Schultes.
Auditions are the weekends of July 27, August 3, August 10. 2 plays per weekend. Sign up -here- to get audition notices from Stage West!
Ada and the Engine Auditions - July 27, 9:00AM-12:00PM and July 28, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Between Riverside & Crazy Auditions - July 27, 9:00AM-12:00PM and July 28, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Ada and the Engine Callbacks - July 29 at 6:00PM
Between Riverside & Crazy Callbacks - July 30 at 6:00PM
The Lifespan of a Fact Auditions - August 3, 9:00AM-12:00PM and August 4, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Church & State Auditions - August 3, 9:00AM-12:00PM and August 4, 6:00PM-10:00PM
The Lifespan of a Fact Callbacks - August 5 at 6:00PM
Church & State Callbacks - August 6 at 6:00PM
The Children Auditions - August 10, 9:00AM-12:00PM and August 11, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Into the Breeches! Auditions - August 10, 9:00AM-12:00PM and August 11, 6:00PM-10:00PM
The Children Callbacks - August 12 at 6:00PM
Into the Breeches! Callbacks - August 13 at 6:00PM
by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
November 7 - December 8, 2019
Based on a True-ish Story.
At a prestigious magazine publication, a determined, young employee is about to be given an opportunity. The demanding editor-in-chief is giving him a big assignment: she wants him to fact check a groundbreaking piece by an illustrious, albeit unorthodox author. As the deadline approaches and the lines between accuracy and artistic license blur, boundaries are crossed and the high-stakes world of publishing becomes personal in this brand new comedy of conflict.
“Smart…rib-bustingly funny!” - The Wall Street Journal
by Lauren Gunderson
January 9 - February 9, 2020
Meet the Woman Who Changed Techn01ogy.
Young and curious mathematician Ada Byron is caught between two worlds. Her mother is pushing for a prestigious marriage to Lord Lovelace, hoping to repair the damage Ada’s father, the late Lord Byron, imposed on the family name. But Ada sees the creative potential in the analytic engines created by her elder friend and scholar Charles Babbage. As pressures mount and feelings grow, these two form a partnership that will change the course of the future.
“Intriguing…the story is pretty irresistible.” - San Francisco Chronicle
by Lucy Kirkwood
March 12 - April 12, 2020
Tony Nominee for Best New Play
Where Do Your Loyalties Lie?
In a seaside cottage on the east coast of England, a pair of retired nuclear scientists are startled by the reappearance of a former colleague. As crackers and wine are trotted out, so are remembered stories, old jealousies, and haunting secrets, all leading to the true reason for this sudden visit: a chilling and dangerous plan. The evening will be revelatory and the fallout will be cataclysmic. Brave, humane, and beautifully written, this play confronts the responsibility each generation must face for the way it leaves the world.
“Excellent…both human and humane, keeps you guessing” - Chicago Tribune
by Jason Odell Williams
May 7 - June 7, 2020
The Separation of What Now?
Three days before his bid for re-election, in the wake of another school shooting, a Republican U.S. Senator has a life-altering crisis of faith, and makes an off-the-cuff comment that sends the entire campaign into a tailspin. His wife and campaign manager try to contain the damage, but in a country where religion influences politics and politics have become a religion, how do you reach the people and stay true to yourself? A timely and fast-paced story that is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.
“Crackling… enjoyable, thought-provoking, and humorous. I wish every member of Congress would see it!” —NPR
by George Brant
July 2 - August 2, 2020
The Show Must Go On!
It’s 1942, and there’s a problem at Oberon Playhouse - with the director and leading men all off at war, it looks like the season will be cancelled. That is until a determined and passionate group of ladies rally the troops at home and set out to put on an all-female production of Shakespeare’s Henry V. An increasingly unexpected team is assembled, with a hilariously desperate array of thoughts and ideas, but united in desire. This delightful and moving backstage comedy examines the power of art to bring us together, even in the hardest of times.
“Brilliant…fresh, witty and thoughtful…a total triumph." - Montgomery Advertiser
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
August 27 - September 27, 2020
Pulitzer Prize Winner
House of Black and Blue.
Irrepressible ex-cop and recent widower Walter Washington is under a lot of pressure. He’s in an ongoing legal battle, clinging desperately to grievances from the past. Barely holding on to the palatial rent-controlled Manhattan apartment that he shares with his newly paroled son and a ragtag surrogate family who call him “Pops”, he is not ready to accept payout or surrender. But as tensions come to a head in a swirl of demands from family and friends, a final ultimatum from former NYPD colleagues causes “Pops” to draw the line and make some demands of his own.
“Dizzying…both utterly believable and not to be believed for a second.” - The New York Times