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All Sunday performances will be vaccine-mandatory for the remainder of the 21/22 season. To attend these performances you must show proof of being fully vaccinated* (Pfizer and Moderna 2 doses, Johnson & Johnson 1 dose) upon entering the building. Masks will continue to be required as well.

Complete Covid 19 information can be found here.

* In the event that the classification of “fully vaccinated” changes to include boosters, the policy will shift to that new CDC rule.

posted: 
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Stage West Announces Its 2022-2023 Season!

Stage West is excited to announce the lineup for its 44th season!  

The new season will feature six shows, two of which will be co-productions. Three will be presented in the Evelyn Wheeler Swenson Theatre (“The Evie”), and three will happen in the Jerry Russell Theatre.. It’s a unique mix of 5 plays and 1 musical, which range from laugh out loud funny to breathtakingly beautiful… from campy and naughty to warmly moving and kind. 

 

Here’s the lineup:

Guards at the Taj

by Rajiv Joseph

October 20 - November 20, 2022
​Regional Premiere |  Russell Theatre

India, 1648. Two hapless Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time over the newly-completed Taj Mahal. But the morning light brings with it an unthinkable task that will shake the foundations of everything they thought to be true. In this disarmingly funny and deeply moving story, two friends behold the most sublime of wonders and discover the perils of bearing witness to perfection.

“Keeps us entertained - and totally unprepared for some shocking plot turns.” – The New Yorker

 

Handle With Care

by Jason Odell Williams

December 8, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Regional Premiere | Swenson Theatre

A young Israeli woman on holiday with her grandmother in the United States is confronted by an unexpected turn of events. Now, she finds herself stranded in a motel room on Christmas Eve with an oddball delivery man. Is their meeting an accident, or is it destiny generations in the making? Hilarious and tragic circumstances culminate in a heartfelt romantic comedy about what you can find when you feel lost.

“A hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy…which exudes gobs of comic energy and insight.” – The New York Times

 

The Play That Goes Wrong                                                                                 

by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer

February 16 - March 5, 2023  (Stage West dates)

Co-production with WaterTower Theatre

Swenson Theatre

Welcome to the opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to fiasco. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), the whole evening is a disastrous smash. Chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania, this classic murder mystery is sure to bring down the house!

“Boy does it hit the funny bone…a rising tide of hysteria” —Time Out (London)

 

Cruel Intentions: the 90s Musical

Created by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin, and Roger Kumble
Based on the film by Roger Kumble
Music Direction and Arrangements by Zach Spound                                                                     

May 4 - 21, 2023  (Stage West dates)

Co-production with Uptown Players
Swenson Theatre

In an epic game of cat and mouse, two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet, and vow to destroy anyone who gets in their way. Seduced by passion and revenge, this devious duo spins a web of dangerous liaisons, and they soon find themselves entangled in the cruelest game of all: love. Based on the cult classic film and featuring your favorite 90’s hits, this new jukebox musical is utterly intoxicating.

“Fun, sexy, and seductive. It’s a great time!” – Huffington Post

 

I Wanna F*cking Tear You Apart

by Morgan Gould                                                                                               

June 15 – July 9, 2023

Regional Premiere | Russell Theatre

Best friends and roommates, Sam and Leo are an unbreakable team. But when a new friend enters the scene, doubt creeps in, and a shattering secret is about to be dragged kicking and screaming into the light. A hilariously modern ode to the complications of friendship in its many messed-up forms, with a special nod to a kind of love that sometimes looks a lot like rage.

“Acerbically funny and potent… [an] edgy, funny, foul-mouthed tale of friendship” – Metro Weekly

 

Grand Horizons

by Bess Wohl

August 31 – October 1, 2023

Regional Premiere | Russell Theatre

Bill and Nancy are fifty years into their marriage. They can anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore, and sneeze. But just as they settle comfortably into a new senior living community, the unthinkable happens - Nancy wants a divorce. This funny, shocking, and intimate story takes an honest look at the unpredictable, complicated, and enduring nature of love.

“A supremely funny comedy of marital malaise…a smart, but crowd-friendly comedy" – BroadwayNews.com

 

Season tickets will go on sale to the general public July 19, and will include the Bargain Season Ticket (good on Thursdays only) at $155 each, the Standard Season Ticket at $210 each, the Premium Season Ticket (which  includes several great additional perks) at $318 each, and the Select 4 Season Ticket (patrons choose 4 shows from the list) $152 each.

For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378.  Tickets and information will be available online soon at www.stagewest.org.

 

posted: 
Monday, June 13, 2022

2021 Neighborhood Play Contest Winners Announced

This year we received about 576 submissions to the Neighborhood Play Contest 2021 from 23 schools. Here are the Winners, whose submissions will be performed at the 2022 Festival of the Kid. The Honorable Mention submissions, which won't be performed, follow. Congratulations to all who submitted. In our hearts, every participant is a winner. Your stories matter! 

Winners: 

Riverside Middle School: 
Dance by Mily Enciso Hernendez
I am a Girl by Angela Arriaga
You're So Pretty by Alyssa Morales 
I Can't Believe He is Staring at Me by Alyssa Morales

Carter-Riverside High School: 
Time by Brenda Tovar 

North Side High School: 
American Girl by Sileana Guardado
A World Inside the Screen by Julybeth Enriquez

Birdville High School: 
The Boy Who Cried I Am by Mason Lassiter 
It Will Change You by Jackson Strange 

Booker T Washington High School: 
Signing Off by Olivia Stanley 
Bottle Episode by Olivia Stanley
Spork by Brock Elliott 
Fame by Hayden Elliott 
John Cusack is For Dead People Too by Ellie Coffee 

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts: 
Let the Holidays Begin! by Silvia Ho 
Stage Fright In a Nutshell by Julian Morales

Byron Nelson High School: 
Who I Am by Lauryn Wettengel 

Fort Worth Country Day School: 
Sleep by Olivia Kersh 

Caprock Elementary: 
What if Aliens Came to Earth by Lily Janda

Parkview Elementary: 
Battle of the Fries by Samuel Jungli 

Independence Elementary: 
Good Luck by Ian Martinez 

Nimitz High School: 
To Be In Love by Alexandria McCoy

Finalists (honorable mentions): 

The Universe by Sovia Tran - Benbrook MS and HS 
The Ballad of Marisol by Alberto Collazo - South Garland High School 
A Moment in the Sunset by Leo Pierce  - Birdville High School 
Fictional Prose by Kimberly Carillo - North Side High School 
America Is Me by Evelyn Vo, Olivia Vo, and Ava Vo - E.L. Kent Elementary 
Outward by Lena Zimmerman - Eduardo Mata Montessori School 
Alien Afterlife by Kasandra Burgos - Carter-Riverside High School 
Pocket Full of Posies by Ava McCain and Q Thomas - IM Terrell High School 
My Half Baked Words by Madison Barrett - Byron Nelson High School 
If We Were Honest by Nicole Lynch - Byron Nelson High School 
La Broma a mi hermana estrella by Lucero Sánchez, Caprock Elementary
Stuck in an Elevator by Peyton Bess - Caprock Elementary 
The 13 O'Clock News by Sarah Howell -Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
The Amazing Adventures of Man-Spider by Maddox Maese - Country Place Elementary School 
If Target was Against Walmart, Silvia Ho - Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
Grief Counseling by Alexandria McCoy - Nimitz High School 
Down the Chimney by Peyton Holmes - Ridglea Hills Elementary School 

posted: 
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Please wear a mask

Stage West Theatre is committed to the safety and health of our patrons, artists, staff, and the community at large. We will return to our masking and social distancing recommendations in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines. The rising breakthrough cases caused most likely by the delta variant, combined with low vaccination rates in much of our area make this a prudent decision. We ask that all patrons regardless of immunization status please wear a mask indoors at the theatre.

posted: 
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Season 43 Announcement

We will be announcing one show a day for the next 7 days, starting today at 7 am!
Follow us on social media to be the first to know!

posted: 
Monday, June 21, 2021

31 Kids, 14 Schools: 1 Amazing Festival

What do you do when you can't do things the way you've always done them? You find creative solutions! We held our Festival of the Kid online this year due to continuing Covid-19 concerns. Although challenging, we were able to include 31 talented local kids from 14 schools in the productions which took place on zoom and were compiled in house at Stage West.

Festival of the Kid is one of our favorite programs at Stage West. It gives a platform to share what our youth are thinking about, enjoying, and/or struggling with, in their own words. The Festival of the Kid encourages creativity both in writing and in performance. What could be better than that? It’s a special event that puts the spotlight on North Texas youth and what they have on their minds. Their input matters. It speaks volumes about who we are as a society. This is our 14th season of this amazing festival. 

What folks are saying...

"We are so grateful for the opportunity that Festival of the Kid provides to our young actors! My daughter got to work with professional directors and learned a lot during the process. Thank you Stage West and FOTK!" – Beth K., parent

"Thank you! We watched them all today. The kids were thrilled to see their work represented. Again, thank you for all you’ve done through the years." – Katy W, FWISD Theatre Teacher

"This was a wonderful experience for my daughter. She enjoyed it tremendously, while building on her self-confidence. Festival Of The Kid is a way for our youth to express thoughts and feelings via expressing the words of others. The director was very patient and found the right blend of correction, direction and reflection. Great job!" – Dr. T., parent

"This was my first year in Festival of Kids. Working across zoom was difficult, but the result was wonderful!" – Adam P, participant

"I have had the pleasure to participate in Festival of the Kid for 5 years, I have learned so very much about acting and enjoyed every minute! Thank you Stage West," – Trinity A, participant

Participating schools and teachers:

Applied Learning, Ms. Katy Wood
Booker T. Washington High School, Ms. Guinea Bennett-Price
Byron Nelson High School, Ms. Wendy Bramlett
Caprock Elementary, Ms. Lena Paulauskas
Carter Riverside High School, Mr. Dennis O’Neill
Ft. Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Ms. Rebecca Magnus
Haltom High School, Ms. Renee Norris
IM Terrell High School, Ms. Bentleigh Nesbitt
Magnus Nova Academy, Ms. Paula Goldberg
Nimitz High School, Ms. Elizabeth Herrera
Parkview Elementary, Ms. Sarah Zamora
School of Science & Engineering, Ms. Ashley Head
Timber Creek High School, Mr. Craig Robertson
Trimble Tech, Ms. Cheryl Penland
 

posted: 
Thursday, May 20, 2021