For its 44th season, Stage West is presenting six shows, two of which will be co-productions. Three will be presented in the Evelyn Wheeler Swenson Theatre (“The Evie”), and three will happen in the Jerry Russell Theatre.
It’s a unique mix of five plays and one musical, which range from laugh-out-loud funny to breathtakingly beautiful, from campy and naughty to warmly moving and kind.
The regional premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj is up first, set in India, 1648. Two hapless Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time over the newly completed Taj Mahal. But the morning light brings with it an unthinkable task that will shake the foundations of everything they thought to be true. It runs October 20-November 20, 2022.
Another regional premiere is next, Jason Odell Williams' Handle With Care. A young Israeli woman on holiday with her grandmother in the United States is confronted by an unexpected turn of events. Now, she finds herself stranded in a motel room on Christmas Eve with an oddball delivery man. Is their meeting an accident, or is it destiny generations in the making? It runs December 8, 2022-January 8, 2023.
The big 2019 touring hit that was The Play That Goes Wrong makes its way to Fort Worth in a co-production with WaterTower Theatre. Welcome to the opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to fiasco.
With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), the whole evening is a disastrous smash. Written by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer, the show runs at Stage West February 16-March 5, 2023.
Another co-production, this time with Uptown Players, is Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical. Created by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin, and Roger Kumble, based on the film by Roger Kumble, and with music direction and arrangements by Zach Spound, this epic game of cat and mouse sees two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet, and vow to destroy anyone who gets in their way.
Seduced by passion and revenge, this devious duo spins a web of dangerous liaisons, and they soon find themselves entangled in the cruelest game of all: love. It runs May 4-21, 2023.
Morgan Gould's I Wanna F*cking Tear You Apart will enjoy its regional premiere, introducing us to best friends and roommates Sam and Leo.
But when a new friend enters the scene, doubt creeps in, and a shattering secret is about to be dragged kicking and screaming into the light. It runs June 15-July 9, 2023.
The season closes with the regional premiere of Grand Horizons by Bess Wohl. Bill and Nancy are 50 years into their marriage — they can anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore, and sneeze. But just as they settle comfortably into a new senior living community, the unthinkable happens: Nancy wants a divorce. It runs August 31-October 1, 2023.
Season tickets will go on sale to the general public July 18, and will include the Bargain Season Ticket (good on Thursdays only) at $155 each, the Standard Season Ticket at $210 each, the Premium Season Ticket (which includes several great additional perks) at $318 each, and the Select 4 Season Ticket (patrons choose four shows from the list) at $152 each.
For more information, call Stage West at 817-784-9378 or go online at www.stagewest.org.