Our 2018 Season

The Western Stage is pleased to announce our 2018 season!

It Can’t Happen Here

By Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen, Based Upon the Novel by Sinclair Lewis
STUDIO THEATRE, June 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23

More relevant than ever before

Lewis’ tale keeps insinuating itself into our lives because of its insight into American politics. It tells of the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Sound familiar? A frightening reminder of just how fragile democracies really are.


The Secret Garden

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon, Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
MAINSTAGE MUSICAL, June 23, 24, 29, 30, July 1, 7, 8, 13, 14

An enchanting musical

Based on a beloved Victorian children’s story, with a soaring musical score, this is the story of ten-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who is sent off to the Yorkshire Highlands to live with reclusive, long-suffering relatives she has never met. Mary’s feisty and determined spirit peels away the gloomy sadness that surrounds her uncles and invalid cousin showing us the power that “one small girl” can have when she “wants things to grow.”


Hair

Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado, Music by Galt MacDermot
MAINSTAGE MUSICAL, Aug 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, Sept. 1

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the show that changed everything

Hair is more than just a musical: it is a social and cultural phenomenon, a jubilant assertion of life and freedom and a cry of protest.  The show was born out of protest, but its spirit is one of affirmation.  Hair brought counter-cultural values to a mass audience and helped loosen up a whole generation.


American Night: The Ballad of Jaun Jose

By Richard Montoya of Culture Clash
STUDIO THEATRE, Sept 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, Oct 5, 6, 7

A blazing, outrageous satire

As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times. American Night: The Ballad of Juan José is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth.


Legacy of Light

By Karen Zacarias
STUDIO THEATRE, Oct 27, 28, Nov 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11

An intellectual joyride confronting a universal question

Two women scientists, living hundreds of years apart, explore the meaning of love, motherhood, family, art and science in this contemporary comedy. Legacy of Light juxtaposes the story of an 18th Century mathematician and scientist, who became unexpectedly pregnant at 42, and that of a 21st-century physicist desperately trying to conceive a child.  Legacy of Light, equates the laws of physical science with human love and uses magical realism in some dreamlike moments to draw together serendipitous stories.


The Drowsy Chaperone

Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
MAINSTAGE MUSICAL, Nov 10, 11, 17 {GALA}, 18, 24, 25, 30 Dec 1, 7, 8

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score,

Hilarious Musical Farce

A loving send-up of the frivolously inconsequential stage musicals of the Jazz Age, a fan known only as Man in Chair gives a spin to the original cast recording of one such musical.  The recording comes to life. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. A bona fide madcap escapist American musical comedy.

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