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Stage Left Announces rescheduling of season shows due to COVID pandemic.

Dear Friends,

In the interest of public safety, and, based upon the recent guidance from the State of Washington, Stage Left will postpone our season production of A Voice of My Own as well as our Kids Korner festival for school-aged playwrights.

A Voice of My Own rehearsals are in their final weeks, and the set has already been completed for what was to be opening night on March 27, so you can imagine our disappointment that we cannot share our work with you. Our intention is to bring you A Voice of My Own after this crisis has passed, at a date to be announced. This may affect the scheduled dates of additional productions, and we will be transparent and efficient in our communication should the need arise to alter future events.

The time-honored mantra of “The show must go on!” has served theater companies well for centuries, becoming a saying known throughout our culture, transcending the confines of our stages to mean so much more. For all of us at Stage Left, it means that we will carry on together, pull each other up, and put on the best show that we can.

However, in our current circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, this old adage needs to be adapted. Today, the community must go on and we must do our best to keep everyone safe.

As a non-profit arts institution, the impact of these lost performances is large. This cancellation affects all of the actors, directors, designers, staff, and volunteers who bring our shows to life on stage.

You can make a difference during this difficult time.

If you have tickets to A Voice of Our Own, we ask that you consider donating the value back to Stage Left for a tax-deductible receipt in support of our mission to bring socially relevant live performances to the community, or wait to see if you can attend the rescheduled production when the time comes.

We are also happy to work with you to exchange your tickets to a future performance through the end of our 2019–2020 Season. If you would like to discuss other options, we will be happy to work with you and your specific needs.
Please simply contact our Box Office at 509-838-9727 for assistance. We anticipate that call volume will be high for the next couple of weeks, so we thank you in advance for your patience as our small-but-mighty staff endeavors to assist all our patrons.

Beyond donating your tickets back, if you would like to make a contribution to help us through this period, please visit the link below:

http://spokanestageleft.org/donate/

The health and safety of our patrons and volunteers is of utmost importance, and we thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. We also want to remind you that we all have to take care of each other. Check in on your neighbors and loved ones via phone or email, share surplus resources with others in need, and remember to pull each other up, because at the end of the day, it’s our community that will see us through and make sure the show goes on.

Stay safe,

All of us at Stage Left

Stage Left Announces a new Managing Director, Jeremy Whittington

Please help us welcome Stage Left Theater’s new Managing Director Jeremy Whittington!

For the past six years, Jeremy has been the Resident Designer for numerous theaters including The Public Theater of San Antonio, The Modern Theaters of Spokane/Cd’A, and Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Prior to his career in theater, Jeremy was the Associate General Manager of Tomato Street Italian Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, and Cyrus O’Leary’s Restaurant & Bar in Spokane from 2000 to 2014. He attended Ohio University from 1989 to 1992 majoring in Theater Production and, more recently, graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014 with his BFA in Graphic Design from Sanford Brown. His illustrations can be seen in the children’s books “The Night the Stars Fell” and “Super Boy Maximo in Underwear,” both from Razalas Publishing.

Recent stage credits include The Threepenny Opera (JJ Peachum, Stage Left), Disney’s Newsies (Weisel/Teddy Roosevelt, The Public Theater) and Assassins (Sam Byck, The Public Theater-2018 and Lake City Playhouse-2016). Jeremy brings his varied artistic talents and his longstanding business acumen to Stage Left, where he will continue to promote diversity, inclusion, political discussion, and social justice both on stage and in our community.

Check out Jeremy’s website at www.JeremyCreates.com

Photo by Kimberly Sharon

STAGE LEFT THEATER ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN 2020

Stage Left, Spokane’s “alternative” theater, has announced the imminent departure of Managing Director, Wes Deitrick, effective January 31, 2020. Wes has served Stage Left for the past two seasons, leading the organization to new creative heights, with edgy plays such as the coming-of-age rock musical Bare and the surreal story of References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. This past fall, Stage Left won special recognition with a Spokane Arts Award Nomination for Imagination — “energizing and inspiring presence, jaw-dropping creativity…and excellent execution of innovative ideas.”

“Wes has done a great job as Managing Director, upholding and pushing the theater’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and social relevance,” said Stage Left Theater Association
Founder and Board President Bob Nelson. “He will be deeply missed.”

Wes leaves Stage Left due to family considerations. Stage Left’s Director of Development, Joe O’Shaughnessy, will act as interim Managing Director until a new Managing Director is named. Information about applying for the MD position will be posted on the website and social media soon.

Stage Left’s thought-provoking “Beyond Barriers” season continues on November 22 with “Venus in Fur”. Tickets, and more information about the season and theater, can be found at www.spokanestageleft.org

The Folio at Stage Left

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new staged reading program “The Folio: Theater À La Carte” at Stage Left. What is “The Folio” at Stage Left?

“The Folio: Theater À La Carte” is a proud extension of the Stage Left Theater in Spokane. Throughout our 2019-2020 season, we will bring you works from accomplished and revered playwrights as we seek to engage our community artistically through visceral and compelling plays that celebrate our humanity, diversity, inclusiveness, and stimulate conversation with you, our audience.

Every six weeks we will bring to you a fresh new project featuring local actors in a raw reader’s format. No bells, no whistles, just the words of the playwright and open, honest work.

As a supplement to Stage Left’s Beyond Barriers season headliners, Folio performances will be brought to you for one night only. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it! A suggested donation of $5 at the door is appreciated, but what we want is you. Bring a friend, enjoy a beer, stay for the 30-minute talk back with our cast and become immersed in the world the playwrights have masterfully crafted with their language.

The Theatre is where we learn, where we become, where we create. Join us in bringing the works to life; go like our page Stage Left Theater: The Folio and stay tuned for our first show announcement where you’ll find out what’s on the menu.

We are honored to have the support of Bob and Pat Mielbrecht, without whom this project would not exist.