Fort Worth's Stage West floods 41st season with regional premieres
Here's an impressive statement: Every single play in Stage West's 2019-20 season is a regional premiere. For its 41st season, the Fort Worth theater has a mix of comedy and drama, with even a Pulitzer Prize winner thrown in for good measure.
It starts with The Lifespan of a Fact by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell, based on a "true-ish" story and set in the world of magazine publishing. A determined, young employee is given a big assignment by his demanding editor-in-chief: 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. It runs November 7-December 8, 2019.
Popular playwright Lauren Gunderson kicks off 2020 with Ada and the Engine, about the woman who changed technology. 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, scholar Charles Babbage. As pressures mount and feelings grow, these two form a partnership that will change the course of the future. It runs January 9-February 9, 2020.
Lucy Kirkwood's The Children, a 2018 Tony nominee for best play, is next. 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. It runs March 12-April 12, 2020.
Church & State by Jason Odell Williams is set three days before a Republican U.S. senator's bid for re-election, in the wake of another school shooting. That's when he 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? It runs May 7-June 7, 2020.
It's 1942, and there's a problem at Oberon Playhouse in Into the Breeches! by George Brant. With the director and leading men all off at war, it looks like the season will be canceled — that is, until a determined and passionate group of ladies rally the troops at home and put on an all-female production of Shakespeare's Henry V. This delightful and moving backstage comedy examines the power of art to bring us together, even in the hardest of times. It runs July 2-August 2, 2020.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy by DFW favorite Stephen Adly-Guirgis closes out the season. 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. It runs August 27-September 27, 2020.
Season tickets range in price from $87 for a three-show value pass to $180 for a premium six-show pass. Patrons who purchase season tickets before June 30 will be offered a free extra pass. Single tickets are also available, and all can be purchased online here or by calling 817-784-9378.