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.
References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot By José Rivera
Rivera’s surrealist elegy of love, lust and rediscovery will lead you into the desert of Barstow California. Following the Persian Gulf War, Gabriela, a beautiful young woman, awaits the return of her husband, Benito; who has been forever changed by the war and its aftermath. Imagined through the mating rituals of a cat and a coyote, Gabriela delivers Benito an ultimatum. Auditions: April 29th, 30th, May 1st (stay tuned for more information) Running: September 6th-22nd
The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht
A time-honored and well-loved classic, this is Brecht at his best! Tackles the often arbitrary quality of human values, the ravages of post-war capitalism and the brutality invoked by a cut-throat economic system. Set in 19th-century London, this political and social satire of Weimar sensibility concerns the larger consequences when “Mack the Knife”, an infamous bandit, marries Polly Peachum, much to the irritation of her father.
Running: October 18th- November 3rd
Venus in Fur, by David Ives.
At the end of a long day auditioning actresses for his new play, Thomas is less than impressed. In walks Vanda, very late, but she convinces him to give her a chance. As they perform scenes from Thomas’ play, Vanda the actor and Vanda the character gradually take control of the audition, the lines between reality and role begin to blur. Vanda is acting . . . or perhaps she sees in Thomas a masochist, one who desires fantasy in “real life” while writing fantasies for a living.
Running: November 22nd-December 8th
Mandelstam, by Don Nigro.
Osip Mandelstam was a great Russian poet who was persecuted and sent to Siberia for writing a poem about Stalin’s mustache. This dark comedy pulls us into the world of despotism, as we follow Mandelstam into this nightmare; where one wrong word, one sentence, can strip you of everything, even your life.
Running: January 10th-26th
Lonely Planet, by Steven Dietz,
Explores friendship and fear in the age of the AIDS crisis. Jody is in his forties and runs a map store. Not one for the outside world, he stays in all the time. His friend, Carl, in his late thirties, has been bringing the chairs of dead friends into Jody’s store, leaving them there. When Jody needs to take an HIV test, Carl tries to convince him it is not only okay to leave, but also that he must take responsibility for his life.
Running: February 14th-March 1st
A Voice of My Own, by Elinor Jones.
Throughout the course of literary history, the contributions of women were far too often derided, subjugated, or erased. Forced to hide behind male pseudonyms and under the threat of violence, many indomitable artists made work in the face of oppression. Elinor Jones gives a voice to these artists, shedding light on some of the most influential and creative minds of human history.
Running: March 27th-April 11th.
Ada and the Engine, by Lauren Gunderson
The play follows Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, as she sees the wondrous potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and love Charles Babbage, inventor of the first computer. Set in the early days of the British Industrial Revolution, Gunderson weaves love, friendship and prescient dreams of the future into an irresistible story.
Running: May 15th-June 7th
Back by popular demand!
All of the festivals you have come to know and love. Stage Left favorites, Fast and Furious, Leftovers, and Kids Korner, feature original works by local, international and coming-of-age playwrights. We are proud to once again share our stage with some of Spokane’s finest artists.
Announcing Stage Left 2018-2019 Calendar News!
Written by Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere
Directed by Troy Nickerson
May 24 – June 16, 2019
Added to Stage Left’s late season line-up is bare, bringing this cult classic to Spokane audiences for the first time. Opening May 24, and running through June 16, 2019, bare’s popularity and power stems from its honesty, resonating with audiences as it provides truthful accounts of the common complexities of teenage life.
A pulsating, electric contemporary rock opera, bare follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. As the group attempts to put up a production of Romeo and Juliet, tension flares, self-doubt simmers, and God’s path seems more difficult to find than ever.
With heart-pounding lyrics and a cast of bright young characters, bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.
The Threepenny Opera, by Bertolt Brecht, which was previously in this slot, is moved to Fall 2019; details to come!
“Our American correspondent Carol Biederstadt crossed the continent from her East Coast base wondering what a small company in Spokane, Washington, could offer in a production of 1984. Read on and discover that she found a production that was not only “both current and timeless”, but one that required an even larger vocabulary.”