2015-2016 Season

The plays listed here comprise the shows in the Stage Left 2015-2016 Season.  There are fully produced plays as well as experimental theater events and productions by other theater companies who rent our space.  We hope you will find in this list of offerings things to pique your interest and keep you coming back to Stage Left Theater.

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June 3-19, 2016

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

by Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber, directed by Rick Boal

In November, 1998, gay university student Matthew Shepard was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming. Ten members of Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. Over the next year, the company returned to Laramie six times and conducted over 200 interviews. These texts became the basis for the play The Laramie Project. Ten years later, in September, 2008, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder. They found a town wrestling with its legacy and its place in history. In addition to revisiting the folks whose words riveted us in the original play, this time around the company also spoke with the two murderers, McKinney and Henderson, as well as Matthew's mother, Judy Shepard. THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER is a bold new work, which asks the question, "How does society write its own history?"

The Ensemble: Cassie Coleman-Heppler, Hannah Knous, Joni Elizabeth, Jennie Oliver, Ron Ford, Lauralynn “Lulu” Stafford, Collette Hagen, Phoenix Tage

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June 22-26, 2016

The Gin Game

by Donald L. Coburn
Produced by Woodland Theatre Productions
Starring Ed Bryan and Kathie Doyle-Lipe

Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two elderly residents at a nursing home for senior citizens, strike up an acquaintance. Neither seems to have any other friends, and they start to enjoy each other's company. Weller offers to teach Fonsia how to play gin rummy, and they begin playing a series of games that Fonsia always wins. Weller's inability to win a single hand becomes increasingly frustrating to him, while Fonsia becomes increasingly confident. While playing their games of gin, they engage in lengthy conversations about their families and their lives in the outside world. Gradually, each conversation becomes a battle, much like the ongoing gin games, as each player tries to expose the other's weaknesses, to belittle the other's life, and to humiliate the other thoroughly.

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August 12-28, 2016

The Sunset Limited

by Cormac McCarthy
Starring Ron Ford and Edward Casto
Directed by Jennie Oliver

A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be made. In that small apartment, Black and White, as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history, mining the origins of two fundamentally opposing world views. White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the men though he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is desperate to deny it. Their aim is no less than this: to discover the meaning of life. Deft, spare, and full of artful tension, The Sunset Limited is a beautifully crafted, consistently thought-provoking, and deceptively intimate work by one of the most insightful writers of our time.

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Closed Shows

Oct 16-Nov 1, 2015

Haymarket Eight

by Dereck Goldman and Jessica Thebus , directed by Christopher Lamb

On May 4, 1886, a labor protest rally near Chicago’s Haymarket Square turned into a riot after someone threw a bomb at police. At least eight people died as a result of the violence that day. Despite a lack of evidence against them, eight radical labor activists were convicted in connection with the bombing. The Haymarket Riot was viewed a setback for the organized labor movement in America, which was fighting for such rights as the eight-hour workday. At the same time, the men convicted in connection with the riot were viewed by many in the labor movement as martyrs.

The Ensemble: Luke Faser, Blake King-Krueger, Ron Ford, Ron Weaks, Christopher Lamb, Rebecca Bolster, Kelsey Weddle, Tom Sanderson, Lauren Campbell

November 6-8, 2015

Hit and Run IX

A special event produced by Sandra Hosking

The ninth year of Sandra Hosking's ever popular staged reading of short comedies by playwrights from the Spokane area and beyond.

November 14-15, 2015

Two One-Acts (reading)

A special event produced by Empire Theatre Company

Stage Left and Empire Theatre Co. will present the staged reading of two one-act plays by local playwrights.

Man Without A Saddle by Ron Ford
The faith of Jobert Strickland, a rugged Civil War veteran and frontiersman, is tested in 1867 Idaho Territory by circumstances and ancient “magic.”

Foxgloves by Sandra Hosking
Beautiful flowers can also be dangerous. Two sisters reunite in the family greenhouse when their mother becomes ill. The younger is a woman of the world, while the elder sister is the default caretaker. Both are trapped in their own way—what will it take to break free?

December 4-20, 2015

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel, directed by Ron Ford

The story of the unsinkable Molly Ivins, the famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the political establishment and the "good ol' boys" with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. Written by twin sisters, themselves longtime journalists, the play celebrates Ivins' courage and tenacity – even when a complacent America wasn't listening.

Molly Ivins: Wendy Carroll and Lynn Noel (alternating)

January 29-30, 2016

Fast and Furious III

A special event produced by Sandra Hosking

Don’t blink! Stage Left’s third annual staged reading of super-short plays. This fast-paced, fun event will feature new comedies and dramas written by local and national playwrights and is sure to chase away the winter blahs. We will be doing a staged reading of 35 super-short plays. Audiences have loved previous incarnations of this fun, fast-paced event!

February 19-March 6, 2016

Wittenberg

by David Davalos, directed by Patrick Treadway

"A cocktail of brainy allusions, absurdist plot twists, sly wordplay and disarming anachronisms, fortified with serious ideas, WITTENBERG should delight Tom Stoppard fans, recovering English majors, disillusioned academics and anyone who has ever wondered what Helen of Troy was like in the sack… WITTENBERG's chief assets are Davalos' light, confident handling of bona fide philosophical concepts and his archly virtuosic language." -- Washington Post

Hamlet - Cameron Price
John Faustus - Thomas Heppler
Martin Luther - Jeremy Lindholm
The Eternal Feminine - Collette Daisy Hagen

March 12, 2016

Left Overs III

A special event produced by Sandra Hosking

Six short plays, written, rehearsed and performed, all in 24 hours, and all by local talent!

April 8-24, 2016

Nixon's Nixon

by Russel Lees, directed by Kyle Smock

The setting is the White House, in one of the most speculated moments in the history of American politics: the final meeting between President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on the eve of Nixon's resignation speech. "…Mr. Lees' blissfully funny and sometimes cruel fiction…both a serious work of the imagination and a fully realized political satire of the sort that the American theater seldom sees." —NY Times.

Richard M. Nixon: Ron Ford
Henry Kissinger: Robert Nelson