Season 2018

Season Shows

1984

By George Orwell
Adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan

Directed by Chris Wooley

September 7-23, 2018

Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience — which acts as a silent witness to his torture. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century.

Daisy

November 16 – December 2, 2018
It’s the fall of 1964. Bloody turmoil over civil rights is spilling onto the streets. A fearful ideology is growing from the conservative right. The threat of nuclear war is palpable. And a little skirmish in the far-off nation of Vietnam just won’t go away. With a presidential election looming, a group of “ad-men” working for Lyndon Johnson unleash the most devastating political commercial ever conceived, the “Daisy ad.” Based on true events, DAISY explores the moment in television history that launched the age of negative advertising, and forever changed how we elect our leaders. War was the objective. Peace was the bait. Everyone got duped.
“[DAISY] is a story that, through history’s irritating tendency to repeat itself…resonates so deeply with our current moment that it should be required viewing for all registered voters.” —Seattle Weekly. “…engaging and powerful…[A] fascinating piece of historical theatre…” —BroadwayWorld.com. “Devine’s writing is sharp and clever, and Daisy is clear, concise and even-handed.” —City Arts (Seattle, WA).

The Controversy of Valladolid

by Jean-Claude Carrière, English version by Richard Nelson
Directed by Andrea Tate

January 11-27, 2019
Imagine a time when the Catholic Church had the right to determine whether or not you were human. In a sixteenth-century Spanish monastery, the fate of millions of American natives from an ocean away hangs precariously in the balance. THE CONTROVERSY OF VALLADOLID, an exciting new masterwork by French playwright and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, brings to light the shocking real-life debates whose outcomes are still felt today.
“Jean-Claude Carrière’s fierce attack on [the Catholic Church] for its policies on human slavery makes for a refreshing change. Although based on a Spanish papal tribunal of 1550, Carrière’s stern historical drama hits a resounding contempo note with its revelations of how the church agonized over its ultimate conclusion that indigenous American natives were children of God after all—after invading their land, destroying their culture, plundering their natural resources and subjecting thousands of people to servitude, torture and death.” —Variety.

 

Hecuba

written by Marina Carr
Directed by Rebecca McNeill

February 22 – March 10, 2019

Troy has fallen. It’s the end of war and the beginning of something else. Something worse. As the cries die down after the final battle, there are reckonings to be made. Humiliated by her defeat and imprisoned by the charismatic victor Agamemnon, the great queen Hecuba must wash the blood of her buried sons from her hands and lead her daughters forward into a world they no longer recognize. Agamemnon has slaughtered his own daughter to win this war. But now another sacrifice is demanded…In a world where human instinct has been ravaged by violence, is everything as it seems in the hearts of the winners and those they have defeated?

A Bright Room Called Day

written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Lindsay Teter

March 29 – April 14, 2019

“Tony Kushner’s A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY … is unabashedly political, thought-provoking, a little scary, and frequently a good deal of theatrical fun … BRIGHT ROOM is … an examination of Nazi Germany in an attempt to shed insight on our own time. It’s brash, audacious, and, depending on your politics, anything from infuriatingly naïve to intoxicatingly visionary. In its 1932-33 span, it tells of a group of Berlin artists and friends, with varying degrees of communist leanings, and of the changes in their lives as democracy falls and Adolph Hitler takes over.” —Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune

“It’s fun to see a show this engaged. This passionate and ready to talk. Wild, uneven, pugnacious, ragged, committed, smart, dumb, satirical, and utterly serious … Always dramatically and intellectually forceful. And most important, always passionately committed. More than a diatribe against Reagan or a falling-into-the-Nazi-abyss history play, A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY is an assertion of the need for commitment.” —Anthony Adler, The Reader

The Threepenny Opera

Book and Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Weill, Kurt
English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
Directed by Troy Nickerson

May 24 – June 9, 2019

Brecht and Weill turned to John Gay’s 18th-century ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ to fashion this savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. Set in Victorian London, the bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho’s underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief’s daughter, he is again betrayed- this time by a prostitute-and sentenced to death. At the final hour he manages a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony.

Playwright’s Festivals

PLAYWRIGHT’S PLAYGROUND

October 26-28, 2018

Original 10-minute plays from playwrights around the world.

Fast and Furious

February 1-3, 2019

36 original 1-minute plays from playwrights around the world.

LeftOvers

April 27, 2019

24-hour Playwrighting, Rehearsing and Performance.  One Day Only!

Kids Korner

May 9-12, 2019

First-graders write the plays, college students direct and perform them!

The Long Form

June 27-30, 2019

Four original plays from Eastern Washington playwrights.

EXTRA Shows

CLOSING IT UP

October 12-21, 2018

Written by Stage Left resident playwright Molly Allen
Directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch

A brand new play written by local playwright Molly Allen.

The Long Christmas Ride Home

Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Susan Hardie

December 13-23, 2018

Follow a dysfunctional family during the Christmas Holiday!
Contains the use of puppets!

Made In Spokane Film Festival – MISFF

April 18-21, 2019

Films made in Spokane by Spokane artists, actors and directors.

The Lonely Planet

Written by Steven Dietz
Directed by Thomas Heppler

July 18-28, 2019
Jody is in his forties and runs a map store. Not one for the outside world, he stays in his store all the time. His friend, Carl is in his late thirties and has been bringing chairs of dead friends into Jody’s store and leaving them there. When Jody needs to take an AIDS test, Carl tries to convince him it is not only okay to leave the store but also that he must take responsibility for his life. If he doesn’t, he will join the set of chairs that Carl has taken great pains to place in the right spots around the store. Through their interaction, the two realize how grateful they are to have such a strong lasting friendship. Jody finally leaves the map store to take his HIV test and returns to find Carl sitting in a chair of his own. With this gesture, we know that Carl has joined the many of their friends who have died, but now Jody must take Carl’s place as the caretaker.
This compassionate play reveals friendship and fear in the age of AIDS. “Dietz owns all the tools of a crackerjack writer.” —NY Newsday.

Season Tickets

Our performance season runs from September to July each year.  We have six regular season shows, six playwright festivals, and a couple of fundraisers.  Season Passes include six tickets to be used for any of our regular season shows – any way you want to use them!  Want to see only three shows? Buy a Season Pass and bring a friend to just those three. You just reserve your seats through our ticketing system.  Our Box Office Manager, Rebecca, will email you all the information you need to know on how to use your Season Pass. The best part?  Purchasing all Six tickets at one time saves you $5 off every ticket – for a savings of $30 off regular ticket prices.