The plays listed here comprise the major shows in the Stage Left 2017-2018 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.
September 8-24, 2017
by Edmond Rostand, Translated by Michael Hollinger
Adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner
Directed by Chris Wooley
Starring Dalin Tipton, Lindsay Teter, Blake King-Kreuger, Fred Strange, Eliot Drushella, Ron Ford, Bryan Durbin, Jordan Holden and Andrea Tate
The most legendary nose in literature gets a makeover with this lively American adaptation of the 1897 French classic. Will Roxane fall for Christian’s dashing looks or Cyrano’s daring poetry? Find out in this timeless tale—full of wordplay and swordplay that’s been an inspiration to writers and lovers for centuries.
Molly Allen, Playwrights Showcase
THIS SHOW HAS CLOSED
Oct 20 – Nov 5, 2017
Back of the Throat
by Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Heather McHenry-Kroetch
Starring Patrick McHenry-Kroetch, Chris Jensen, Jason A. Young, Robert C. Thompson and Brooklyn Robinson
Two government agents wreak havoc on the life of obliging Khaled, seemingly a luckless Arab American. The importance of the play is aided and abetted by the Federal Patriot Act — our government can be the agent for terrorism, and not its sorry victim. The play won the 2004 Northwest Playwrights’ Competition held by Theater Schmeater, L.A. Weekly’s Excellence in Playwriting Award for 2006, was nominated for the 2006 American Theater Critics Association’s Steinberg/New Play Award, and was voted Best New Play of 2005 by the Seattle Times.
THIS SHOW HAS CLOSED
December 1 – 17, 2017
Freud’s Last Session
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Pamela Kingsley
Starring J.P. O’Shaughnessy and Dalin Tipton
Set against the backdrop of a London on edge waiting for imminent Luftwaffe bombing raids, FREUD’S LAST SESSION is a piercing, funny, fast-moving and spell-binding debate between young novelist C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape Letters, Chronicles of Narnia) and aging psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud. Set in Freud’s study, these two extraordinary intellects, polar opposites, challenge each other as they take on one of mankind’s most compelling questions: the existence of God.
January 12-28, 2018
At The Sweet Gum Bridge
By Wallace Tucker
Directed by Dahveed Bullis
January 12 – 28
This play is dedicated to the Choctaw nation and particularly to Choctaw chief Apushamatahahubih, shortened to Pushamataha in the list of characters and to Push in the play. That chief was a contemporary of Andrew Jackson, when he was a general fighting the early Indian wars. Jackson used a divisive strategy, giving some advantages to the peace seeking Choctaws and managing to have their support in his fight against other tribes and particularly against Tecumseh, the chief of the Shawnees, who nearly managed to bring all Indian tribes together and was stopped in this project by Push himself.
February 2,3,4, 2018
Fast and Furious 5
Producer Rebecca Cook
Don’t blink! Stage Left’s fifth 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 staged readings of 35 super-short plays. Audiences have loved previous incarnations of this fun, fast-paced event!
February 23 – March 11
Burnt by the Sun
by: Peter Flannery, after the screenplay by Nikita Mikhalkov and Rustam Ibragimbekov
Directed by: Lorna Hamilton
February 23 – March 11
General Kotov, decorated hero of the Russian Revolution, is spending an idyllic summer in the country with his beloved young wife and family. But one glorious morning in 1936, his wife’s former lover returns from a long and unexplained absence. Amidst a tangle of sexual jealousy, retribution and remorseless political backstabbing, Kotov feels the full, horrifying reach of Stalin’s rule.
March 16-18, 2018
The Long Form
Produced by Rebecca Cook
March 16, 17, 18
Spokane Playwrights 30 minute original plays. Four unique and original plays presented at Stage Left Theater, written by local area playwrights, each about 30 minutes long. New this year!
Produced by Rebecca Cook and Dawn Taylor Reinhardt
Teams have a director, actors and a stage manager. At 7:00 pm Friday night, Directors draw the name of a playwright out of a hat. The Playwright draws the name of a prop out of a hat. Each Playwright has ten minutes to visit with their director and actors and then they must go write an original play for that team, using that prop, and it has to be done in 12 hours! At 7:00 am Saturday Morning, the teams meet, get their newly written scripts and begin rehearsing, gathering props, costumes and set pieces! At 7:30 pm Saturday Evening, Stage Left presents the fully produced, newly written and rehearsed plays! One performance only.
April 20-29, 2018
Marx in Soho
Written by Howard Zinn
Directed by Tia Wooley
With Robert Nelson as Karl Marx
April 20, 21, 22, 27,28,29
Karl Marx wasn’t actually a Marxist. A monologue in which Zinn presents Karl Marx in a visit to modern America (by dispensation from higher authority). Marx comments on the history of his life, on modern economics, on people he was associated with, and sundry subjects in a humorous and biting commentary. A special Anniversary event, recalling Stage Left’s opening show, April 2013.
May 10-13, 2018
Produced by Tia Wooley, Spokane Falls Community College, Evergreen Grade School
May 10, 11, 12, 13, 2018
First Graders from Evergreen Grade School write the plays. College students from Spokane Falls Community College Direct and Perform them! You never know what they will write about or what twists or turns their stories will take! This is a “Don’t Miss” it kind of thing!
May 25 – June 10, 2018
Written by Steven Dietz
Directed by Rebecca McNeill
May 25 – June 10
This exciting, highly theatrical docudrama is about the growing white supremacist movement in America, those dedicated to violent revolution and the expulsion from “God’s Country” of non Aryans. The play covers all of the right wing lunatic fringe while focusing on three narrative spines: the trial in Seattle of a paramilitary group which calls itself The Order; the career and death of Denver’s Alan Berg, the outspoken, controversial, Jewish talk radio personality “assassinated” by The Order; and, finally, the hate filled career and death of The Order’s founder, Robert Matthews. These narratives are skillfully interwoven, sometimes non chronologically, with statistics and facts into a kaleidoscopic and highly theatrical vision.
July 13 – 29, 2018
And Then There Were None
Written by Agatha Christie
Directed by Bryan Durbin
A group of people are lured into coming to an island under different pretexts, e.g., offers of employment, to enjoy a late summer holiday, or to meet old friends. All have been complicit in the deaths of other human beings, but either escaped justice or committed an act that was not subject to legal sanction. The guests and two servants who are present are “charged” with their respective “crimes” by a gramophone recording after dinner the first night, and informed that they have been brought to the island to pay for their actions. They are the only people on the island, and cannot escape due to the distance from the mainland and the inclement weather, and gradually all ten are killed in turn, each in a manner that seems to parallel the deaths in the nursery rhyme. Nobody else seems to be left alive on the island by the time of the apparent last death.