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Jul 2016

Auditions for 2016/2017 StageWest Season

Jul 17, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
StageWest Rehearsal Building, 110 11th St
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Auditions for the first three productions of the 2016/2017 season will be Sunday July 17th from 2pm - 4pm Monday July 18th from 6pm - 9pm. Callbacks scheduled for Tuesday July 19th only if needed.  There will be no first time auditions scheduled on Tuesday without contacting the Artistic Director. Please click here to get signed up for Auditions! When: Sunday, July 17 From 2:00 - 4:00pm and Monday, July 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm Where: StageWest Rehearsal Space:…

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Sep 2016
$20 - $33

Hand to God By Robert Askins

Sep 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - Sep 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
StageWest Theatre, 900 Mulberry St., Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Hand to God – September 9-18, 2016 Iowa Premiere By Robert Askins  After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. HAND TO…

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Oct 2016
Free

October Scriptease: Toil and Trouble by Lauren Gunderson

Oct 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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Scriptease Date: October 25, 2016 Time: 7pm Place: First Unitarian Church of Des Moines - 1800 Bell Avenue Des Moines, IA 50315 Toil and Trouble by Lauren Gunderson Lyra Halsted - Beth Cody Schug - Matt Wayne Black - Adam Directed by Katie Coon Underemployed friends Adam, Matt and Beth are desperate to beat the recession any way they can--like combining forces to take over a small island in South America. But when a fortune cookie tells Matt that he will rule…

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Nov 2016
$20 - $33

Ugly Lies the Bone By Lindsey Ferrentino

Nov 11, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - Nov 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
StageWest Theatre, 900 Mulberry St., Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Ugly Lies the Bone – November 11-20, 2016 Iowa Premiere By Lindsey Ferrentino  Ugly Lies the Bone is about a newly discharged soldier Jess has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred. Jess soon realizes that things at home have changed even more than she has. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape…

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Jan 2017

Marjorie Prime By Jordan Harrison

Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm - Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm
StageWest Theatre, 900 Mulberry St., Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Jordan Harrison's "Marjorie Prime" in Des Moines January 13 - 22, 2017

Marjorie Prime – January 13-22, 2017 Iowa Premiere By Jordan Harrison Generously sponsored by Iles Funeral Homes   It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity…

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January Scriptease: “Slipping” by Daniel Talbott

Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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"Slipping" by Daniel Talbott Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Time: 7 pm Cost: Suggested Donation $5 Location: First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines IA 50315 The Story: Alone, numb, and friendless after the violent death of his father, high-school senior Eli moves with his mom from San Francisco to a fresh start in Iowa. A new relationship with a boy at school exposes Eli again to the possibility of closeness and the danger of being swallowed by it.…

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Feb 2017

February Scriptease: “Bright New Boise” by Samuel D. Hunter

Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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"Bright New Boise" by Samuel D. Hunter Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm Cost: Suggested donation $5.00 Location: First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines IA 50315 The Story:  In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby, not only for employment, but also to rekindle a…

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Mar 2017
$20 - $33

August: Osage County By Tracy Letts

Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm - Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm
StageWest Theatre, 900 Mulberry St., Suite 205
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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August: Osage County – March 3-19, 2017 A Joint Project with Repertory Theatre of Iowa By Tracy Letts August: Osage County! A vanished father. A scathingly acidic, pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady secrets. As winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this instant classic was named by Onstageblog as the best play of the 21st Century. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and…

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March Scriptease: Shakuntala by Kalidasa

Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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"Shakuntala" by Kalidasa; a play with dance and a classic tale of love from India. Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Cost: Suggested donation $5.00 Location: First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines IA 50315 The Story: Gateway Dance Theatre of Des Moines is thrilled to collaborate with StageWest to present this bold, new, innovative adaptation by renowned Indian playwright, Kalidasa. Kalidasa is regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit (Indian) language and "Shakuntala" is considered his…

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Apr 2017

Scriptease: Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing

Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Scriptease Venue, 1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315 United States
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THE STORY: Staged with utmost simplicity, using platforms and a few props, the play probes into the delicate relationship of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie (Artemis), who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie's daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect—and sensitivity—whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea. As the play begins, Dorothea has suffered a stroke, and while Echo has…

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