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2019-2020 Season Announcement

Note: We have different ticket packages available this year, but the performance days and times will NOT be changing. 


The Lifespan of a Fact

by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Regional Premiere
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

 

Ada and the Engine

by Lauren Gunderson
Regional Premiere
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

 

The Children

by Lucy Kirkwood
Regional Premiere
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

 

Church & State

by Jason Odell Williams
Regional Premiere
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

 

Into the Breeches!

by George Brant
Regional Premiere
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

 

Between Riverside and Crazy

by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Regional Premiere
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


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posted: 
June 3, 2019

Be a part of our future!

Have you read the news?

Stage West celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday with a gala – and the announcement that the Fort Worth theater will be expanding with new performance spaces and a redesigned cafe.  Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks reports it’ll all cost $3 million – but the theater has already raised more than half of that.  

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Anyone can help by texting “SetTheStage” to 88793!

posted: 
February 28, 2019

"Stage West Goes Big"

Art&Seek.org
by Jerome Weeks 
28 Feb 2019

Stage West celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday with a gala – and the announcement that the Fort Worth theater will be expanding with new performance spaces and a redesigned cafe. Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks reports it’ll all cost $3 million – but the theater has already raised more than half of that.

Stage West is about to become a transformative cultural resource in Fort Worth. It’ll be able to foster smaller theaters and music groups by renting spaces to them, and it’ll increase its own revenue possibilities when its current lobby cafe doubles its seating to 125. When the expansion is complete, Stage West will be the only company in Tarrant County with four performance spaces. That includes its main stage with 144 seats and a new, flexible studio space next door that can seat up to 200. There’ll be a tiny rehearsal hall and they’ll all share the current lobby cafe, which can also be used for small shows.

In 1930, the yellow-brick building on West Vickery Boulevard was a bus garage. In 2007, it became the sixth home for Stage West. The company had been bouncing around Fort Worth until the theater’s late founder Jerry Russell settled his theater there. Under his successor, executive director (and Art&Seek Spotlight artist) Dana Schultes, Stage West has almost doubled its budget.

Schultes sees Stage West’s changes in the near future as potentially rippling through Fort Worth’s arts scene:

“The cool thing,” she says, “is that each of the venues is so different from the next. And what that means to me is an oportunity to foster more of an indie arts scene in the area. And it means the community will have more resources for great arts. “

Under Schultes, recent productions including ‘Bootycandy,’ ‘The Nether,’ ‘The Octoroon‘ and ‘A Doll’s House, Pt2’ have undeniably ramped up the theater’s production quality. These have been some of the more daring, highly-praised shows in North Texas the past two season. Last year, Stage West became one of the very rare North Texas theaters to purchase its own home. Yet this new “Setting the Stage for the Future” campaign is actually the theater’s first-ever, community-wide fundraising effort.

The full release:

STAGE WEST CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A GALA AND A SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT

(Fort Worth, Texas)  Stage West marked 40 years in the city with a grand dinner and festivities highlighting its many accomplishments, on February 27, at the Fort Worth Club. Since its founding in 1979 the theatre has presented over 300 plays to audiences that totaled more than 650,000 patrons over the years.

The celebration culminated in an announcement that Stage West had just completed the four-month silent phase of a planned, three-year $3 million comprehensive campaign. The surprise declaration was made by former State Senator and the daughter of the theatre’s founder, Jerry Russell, Wendy Davis. She delighted the audience with the news that more than one-half of the goal at $1.68 million had been reached!

The Campaign for Stage West: Setting the Stage for the Future is the culmination of a series of important accomplishments.  The most consequential was the acquisition of its home theatre at 821 West Vickery at the beginning of 2018. The building, which was originally built as a bus garage in 1930, was the sixth site in Fort Worth from which the company produced plays.

Other factors that encouraged the board to conduct a campaign included the doubling of its annual philanthropic income during the last four years. While its annual revenue budget crossed the $1 million mark. Stage West had also built a $200,000 reserve fund, and began an effort to create an endowment named for Jerry Russell.

In addition, the theatre has gained increasing recognition for the quality and challenging nature of its productions. Most recently, TheaterJones’ Mark Lowry named Stage West the outstanding theatre of 2018 based on its productions last season of Octoroon and HIR.

“We have had a nice run of good fortune,” said Dana Schultes, Stage West’s Executive Producer, “and it encourages us to think bigger. Success in this campaign will help Stage West move to a new plateau of excellence leading to our goal of becoming a landmark theatre in our region. Thankfully, we have been most encouraged by the response to the campaign among our board members and the friends we have reached in the first four months of the campaign”.

The focus of the campaign is to refurbish the main space, as well as to create a second theatre, a redesigned rehearsal hall, an expanded café, new dressing rooms for both theatres, and other improvements planned to make the spaces work better. In addition, the $3 million goal includes the monies required for operational needs during the three-year span of the campaign.

The 40th Anniversary Gala hosted 200 supporters, including some who attended Stage West’s initial production of Edward Albee’s A Zoo Story in 1979. The guests were entertained by award-winning magician, Trigg Watson, and by musical medleys arranged by Cherish Robinson from the many shows performed at Stage West. In addition, the evening included a buffet dinner as well as silent and live auctions.

posted: 
February 28, 2019

Parking Lot Update #2

Dear Patrons,

Our parking renovation is complete and all railings are in! There are 2 designated handicap spaces, and two ramps. The easiest ramp to the front door is to the left of our parking area, next to the barrels.

Thank you again for your patience and support!
Dana

posted: 
February 12, 2019

Neighborhood Play Contest Winners announced

This year we received over 200 submissions to the Neighborhood Play Contest. Here are the Winners, whose submissions will be performed at the Festival of the Kid. The Honorable Mention submissions follow.

Winners whose submissions will be performed at the Festival:

--Newman Smith High School, David Wilson-Brown

  • Christina Allish
  • Randi Ruppersberg
  • Emma Richardson and Lilith Correa

--Benbrook Middle High School, Seth Johnston

  • Garland Goodwin
  • Destyni Baxter

--Timber Creek HS, Amanda Brundrett

  • Lucas Bradanini
  • Sophia Zamora

--Western Hills HS, Julia Worthington

  • Natalie Jimenez, Diana Molina, and Shuntiera Curry

--Caprock Elementary School, Lena Paulauskas, Keller

  • Elianna Del Rio

--Fort Worth Country Day, Melodee Halbach

  • Grace Sapienza

-- North Crowley High School, Whitney Joy Hatcher

  • Lauren Mack
  • Alan Valdez
  • Antonio Resendiz
  • Angel White

--Rosemont 6th grade, Joshua Cox

  • Karim Bernal

--Parkview Elementary, Mrs Cornell, 4th Grade

  • Anna Moss & Sarah Cung

--Carter Riverside, Angela Stidham

  • Alexandra Jackson
  • Solomon Alvarez
  • Xander Adwell
  • Lamont’e Murphy
  • Christian Rincon,
  • Taylor Watson,
  • Annahi Castillo

--Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Ms. Weaver, 3rd and 4th Grade

  • Kolby Hribar,
  • Brett Martin
  • Dael Park
  • Alaina Spaltro

Self Submit Winners:

  • Lauren Sphar, Senior FWAFA
  • Sarah Turton,  FWAFA
  • Trinity Aldridge, self submit
  • Kate Snyder, self submit
  • Violet Ervin, (Mrs. Beck, Bransom Elementary)
  • Reagan Lane, (Self Submit, Oak Ridge School)
  • Amya Scott, self submission
  • Karina M. Johnson, self submission
  • Amya Scott, self submission
  • Breanna Cox, self submit
  • Emma Givens, self submit
  • Lauren Chavez, self-submit

Honorable Mentions:

(the Honorable Mention pieces will not be performed)

Honorable Mentions/Final Round go to: 

--Newman Smith High School, David Wilson-Brown

  • Cameryn Barrios
  • Daniel De Jesus Nunez
  • Destiny Chandler
  • Lara Cakir and James Teague
  • Thomas Schmitt
  • Zoe Meyerhoeffer

---Fort Worth Country Day, Melodee Halbach, (the Honorable Mention pieces will not be performed)

  • Paloma Casanova,
  • Pearce Wallach

--Carter Riverside, Angela Stidham

  • Oscar Read
  • Yasmin Mendoza
  • Aryana Valles 
  • Sandra Rodriguez
  • Tyara Martinez
  • Jasmine Hoover

--FWAFA, Ms. Weaver, 3rd and 4th Grade

  • Samantha Ikeda
  • Jaylah Larsen
  • Jaycie Carr
  • James Stoner
  • Ayomide Agboola

Image: Two of our 2017 Neighborhood Play Contest WInners

 

posted: 
February 11, 2019

Parking Update!

Our accessible parking project continues! Keep your eyes open for an ENTER HERE sign on the door of either 821 (Lobby Cafe & Main Stage) or 823 (rehearsal hall and offices) to indicate which entrance to use. We are getting there!

posted: 
January 18, 2019

Want to help Stage West celebrate 40 years?

Want to help Stage West celebrate 40 years? Please send us a video clip for a documentary we are making!

What to do:  

1. Position your device to a horizontal/landscape orientation.

2. Find in a quiet, well-lit space to record. Be sure not to cover the microphone! 

3. State your name and what year you first discovered Stage West.

4. Answer one or more of these questions: What one word or phrase comes to mind when you think of Stage West? What’s your favorite Stage West play and why? What/who makes Stage West special/unique for you? Tell us your special Stage West memory.

5. Wish Stage West a Happy 40th Anniversary!  

6. Send your finished clip to dana [at] stagewest.org (subject: 40%20Year%20Video) , subject line: 40 Year Video

posted: 
December 7, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Parking lot update!

UPDATED: Fri, Oct 26, 2018
If you've been to our space before, you will be aware that the parking area in front of our building is on an incline. For the next couple months, the city is redoing that parking area for safer access. This is wonderful news! While this construction is underway, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to curtain to ensure plenty of time to navigate the construction. We expect access from the street to change locations from day to day. You may, for example, be asked to enter our facility through our rehearsal hall  if the usual entrance is blocked. Access points should be apparent upon approach. This project means 10 less parking spaces during the construction time-frame so we encourage early arrival to accommodate walking an extra block especially on November 2, 3, 9, 24. For alternative access through the back of the building, please pre-arrange by calling us at 817-784-9378 so that we can let you in!
 
Thank you so much for your understanding and patience as we work with city to improve the patron experience (and parking lot safety) at Stage West.


You’ve been asking for it! And it’s finally about to happen. Thanks to our friends at Near Southside, Inc. and at City Hall, the parking area in front of Stage West is getting a make-over! 

What does this mean for the future? 
A beautiful, level, fully accessible parking area and entryway.
 
What does it mean for the next few months? 
Once construction starts, there will be non-production days where the only entrance to our facility is at the rear of the building. If you need us on those days, please pre-arrange your visit by calling our box office 817-784-9378.
 
This will mostly affect walk-up ticket buyers, students, actors, and staff. If you forget, it’ll be quickly apparent if you can’t come through the front. Drive round to the back. We’ll post the phone number on that door as well and come back to let you in.
 
During performance hours, the construction team has pledged to make an entry way through the front.
 
When is this starting?
Start date should be October 1, and we expect that it will finish up by late November.
 
How can you help? 
Plan extra time for your arrival. It is estimated to be a 6-8 week project. Fingers crossed!
 
Finally, a special thank you to all of you who wrote letters of support to the city regarding this project. You had a major impact on the success of this being given a green light!

posted: 
September 17, 2018

Giving Day

We made our goal of $25,000 in contributions!  Still waiting for final, final numbers...


North Texas Giving Day is a special day for all non-profits in the area, including Stage West Theatre! This year’s event is from 6am-12am on September 20. All gifts given to our organization that day will receive an in-house match from the Swenson family. The Swensons will generously triple your contribution, helping your money go even further towards our $25,000 goal.

There are additional BONUS FUNDS provided by the Communities Foundation of North Texas. The Communities Foundation will enhance, on a pro-rated basis, each donation made during North Texas Giving Day. Credit card gifts will be eligible for the bonus pool to the value of actual donations prior to deduction for the fees. It is not a dollar for dollar match. The bonus percentage will be calculated the day after North Texas Giving Day. Watch this video to see how the bonus is calculated. 

How to give? There’s now two ways: 

1)    Scheduled Giving: New this year, donors may visit northtexasgivingday.org between September 10 at 8am through September 19 at midnight. Enter the organization name Stage West and follow the directions from there. The donation will be processed on Giving Day itself.

2)    Day-of Giving: between 6am-12am on September 20, visit northtexasgivingday.org. Enter the organization name Stage West. Follow the steps from there to make your gift to our theatre.

 There is also a local event that you are welcome to attend. It is in celebration of the day and most every Fort Worth non-profit will be represented. We would love to see you there.
 
Thank you for participating on this exciting day of philanthropy and for helping to make great live theatre possible at Stage West!

posted: 
August 29, 2018

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