Our 2016 Season!


Western Stage 2016 Repertory Season



by Arthur Miller
Studio Theater / May 28-June 19

A powerful American drama of seething intensity and savage beauty.

This 1955 drama has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years, providing audiences with a pathway to engage in discussions about such modern issues as immigration and sexual identity through the lens of history. The play centers on the tragic story of Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman living in Brooklyn with his wife and her cousin. When they welcome into their home two brothers who have come to America for work, the atmosphere grows increasingly tense. Over time, Eddie’s paranoia about one of the brothers’ sexuality—and his interest in his wife’s cousin—leads to a series of explosive confrontations.







Book by Lawrence D. Cohen, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore
Mainstage Theater / July 16-Aug. 6

A horror-story classic about coming of age.

Carrie: The Musical forges an unusual link between the bestselling horror novel by Stephen King and the art of the Broadway musical. Largely true to the book, this musical version recounts the story of Carrie, an abused young girl living with an oppressively religious mother. When the bullies at school take their sadistic pranks one step too far, Carrie gets her revenge. Don’t miss what happens next.






by Luis Valdez
Mainstage Theater / Sept. 10-Oct. 1

A brilliant retelling of the controversial life and death of Tiburcio Vásquez.

Was Tiburcio Vásquez a notorious thief or a hero? Or a womanizing crook with a flair for self-promotion? This play is a stunning biography, a thumping melodrama, a political epic and a musical satire by the contemporary theatre icon Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit, Corridos! Tales of Passion and Revolution, and many others). Through the use of story and music, Valdez deconstructs our stereotypes of the bandido, showing how forces from outside continually push and pull at this almost Hamlet-like character.





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by John Guare
Studio Theater / Sept. 23-Oct. 9

A play about our ever-increasing connectedness.

This finalist for the Pulitzer Prize play explores the existential premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances. The plot was inspired by the real-life story of a con man and robber who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier. If “every person is a new door, opening up into other worlds,” as the play states, then this tragicomedy stands as a bridge to understanding some of humanity’s most basic desires: for money, fame, and human connection. PLEASE BE ADVISED-EXPLICIT CONTENT AND BRIEF NUDITY; viewer and parental discretion is advised.





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by Caryl Churchill
Studio Theater / Oct. 29-Nov. 19

One of the most dynamic and shocking British dramas of the past four decades.

In Caryl Churchill’s postmodern comedy, issues of gender and sexual identity are explored by humorously juxtaposing a group of characters as they behave in Colonial Africa during the Victorian era with how they behave in 1970s London. Sexual repression and sexuality, patriarchy, gender, and colonialism are all explored in this clever, subversive, political, and playful tour-de-force.PLEASE BE ADVISED-EXPLICIT CONTENT; viewer and parental discretion is advised.






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Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, book by Joe DiPietro
Mainstage Theater / Nov. 12-Dec. 10

This musical will have you dancing and singing your way home.

The Western Stage welcomes the holiday season with the whimsical Nice Work if You Can Get It. Drawing on classic music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and combining them with a new book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro, this romantic comedy about a 1920s bootlegger who falls in love with a rich playboy on the eve of his wedding manages to be both contemporary and nostalgic. The show features such memorable songs as “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off,” and “I’ve Got a Crush on You.”