The plays listed here comprised the major shows in the Stage Left 2014-2015 Season. There were fully produced plays as well as experimental theater events and productions by other theater companies who rented our space. We hope you were able to attend these shows and that you found things to pique your interest and keep you coming back to Stage Left Theater.
A Walk in the Woods
By Lee Blessing
Directed by Janelle Frisque
Starring Billy Hultquist and Robert Nelson
In A Walk in the Woods Lee Blessing takes a well-known historical incident and reshapes it to reflect his own political observations and dramatic interests. During deadlocked arms reductions talks in Geneva in the summer of 1982, negotiators Yuli A. Kvitsinsky and Paul H. Nitze stepped away from the table and took a stroll in a nearby park, returning with an unprecedented new proposal, one which was ultimately rejected by the hardliners of both sides.
Bash: LaBute in Spokane
By Neil LaBute
Presented by Stage Left, Crazy Horse Productions and Floating Fourth
Directed by Juan Mas and Nike Imoru
Starring Victoria Gatts, Sali Saylor, Alex Donnolo, Jordan Noel Lannen, Todd Kehne, Janelle Frisque and Dan Anderson
Spokane’s Neil LaBute is a distinctive raw lyrical voice of American Theater. Come see the world that he brings to the stage, which is a battleground upon which themes like art, political correctness, genders, love, intimacy and the complexities of human nature are explored. He creates portraits of a world for his characters that on the surface is normal and sterile, but as their words peel back the immediate surface, they reveal the scary depths of cruelty. He gives his audience a glimpse into the human tragedy as characters deceive and wound each other or even themselves, not for gain or pleasure, but because, whether learned or inherent, it is their nature.
Performances of “Medea Redux” (a haunting modern American version of the Greek tragedy), “Gaggle of Saints” (the unwrapping of the darker side of human weakness and frailty hidden under the veil of American religious conservatism and affluence) and The Shape of Things (How far do you go for Love? And for Art? What concessions do you make for your lover? And what demands?)
The Thread Men
By Thomas Dunn
Directed by George Green
Starring Brandon Montang and Steve Kane
When a psychiatrist becomes trapped in an elevator with a man acting bizarrely, he quickly learns that his decisions may have life or death consequences.
“The Thread Men” was Stage Left Theater’s entry in the Washington State Community Theatre Association Kaleidoscope Theatre Festival 2015.
By Sandra Hosking
Directed by Juan Mas
Starring Tonya Ballman, Jordan Noël Lannen, Damon Mentzer, Sean Stoudt and Mysti Lee Borum
A modern romantic comedy where the virtual world and natural selection collide. As Sarah, a website designer, shifts between reality and cyberspace, her ex finds a backbone, her roommate tries to rule the world, and the man she’s infatuated with remains unattainable. In the end, Sarah realizes it’s more evolved to be present in the real world and be comfortable with yourself.
By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Troy Nickerson
Starring Thomas Heppler, Lei Broadstone, Jone Campbell Bryan, Nathan Patrick Nelson, Chris Jensen, Tami Rotchford, Nick Bailey, Ron Ford, Nichole Meyer, Craig Hudkins, Scott MacKay and Jerrod Galles
Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist, investigates the savage blinding of six horses at a stable in Hampshire, England. For no apparent reason, an unassuming seventeen-year-old stable boy named Alan Strang, the only son of a timid father and a refined, religious mother, committed the atrocity with a hoof pick. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy’s demons, he finds himself confronting his own insecurities about religion, sexuality and his relationsihp with his wife.
Glengarry Glen Ross
By David Mamet
Directed by Jhon Goodwin
Starring Dan Anderson, Ron Ford, Damon Mentzer, Brandon Montang, J. P. O’Shaughnessy, Cary Pieroni and Tom Sanderson
Two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts —- from lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation and burglary —- to sell undesirable real estate to unwitting prospective buyers. It is based on Mamet’s having previously worked in a similar office. The play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984.
By Robin Fulford
Directed by Dan McKeever
Starring Saeed Al-Thumali, Jacob Meyer, Forrest Potter and Denny Pham
Neil, Jack, Tony and Billy are responsible for the brutal murder of a gay man. A journey from innocence to cruelty to evil is exposed through events leading up to a ruthless beating. Steel Kiss confronts us with an examination of the proximity of prejudice to hatred and violence. A cold and emotional view of the price of intolerance, Steel Kiss is a clear lesson in the value of acceptance. Playwright and teacher Robin Fulford was motivated to write Steel Kiss after a man was kicked to death in High Park, Toronto.