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SCRIPTEASE is StageWest’s monthly, FREE, play reading. Join us as we explore new and experimental scripts. Scriptease Director: Michael Tallman thinktallman@gmail.com

March Scriptease: Shakuntala by Kalidasa

Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“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 masterpiece.  Shakuntala, a young woman raised in a secluded forest sanctuary, falls in love with, and marries King Dushyanta, whom she meets when he is hunting nearby.  But an evil spell soon robs the king of his memory of his new bride.  Can the curse be lifted and the lovers reunited?  The play engages the audience with colorful costumes (Best Costume Design nominee – 2016 Cloris Awards), dance and diverse music, featuring the rhythms of African, Caribbean and Indian music.

The multicultural cast is proud of its diverse heritages that reflect the changing cultural landscape in Iowa.  The organization seeks to advance an arts movement in the state that encompasses global cultures and supports the sharing of resources and experiences among all members of the community.

Talk-Backs Talkback Image

StageWest is proud to continue this tradition of the last 5 years: Sunday Talk-Backs. Held the first Sunday of each show following the matinee, these talk-backs will include guest experts, actors and directors. They also allow you, the audience member, to discuss and dig deeper into the characters and themes related to the production.

  • DATES First Sunday of each production.
  • TIMES Matinee performance begins at 2 p.m., Talk-Backs take place at the end of the show.
  • COST Free and open to all.

Wine Tastings Wine Tasting Logo

You know how StageWest has sort of a different take on the world, well our Wine Tasting is no different. We know you’ll like at least one of the wines we taste because you bring the wine.  See EVENT for more details.

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Hir By Taylor Mac

May 12 @ 7:30 pm - May 21 @ 2:00 pm

Hir – May 12-21, 2017 Iowa Premiere
By Taylor Mac

Hir – After his tour of duty in the Middle East, Isaac comes home to a dirty house, a brother instead of a sister, and a mother on a warpath. Isaacs mother, Paige and brother Max has paved a new road for themselves after his abusive father Arnold has suffered a stroke. Isaac attempts to reclaim structure in a household that refuses to be tamed. Hir confronts what it is to live in a new world when one is stuck to the past.

“Perhaps no play this year inspired a greater sense of awe than Taylor Mac’s audacious dive into the dysfunctional-family playpen of American theater.” – The New York Times

“Hir challenges expectations on every level except that of providing engrossing entertainment, which it does to a remarkable degree.” – San Francisco Chronicle

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Cast:

Issac – Michael LaDell Harris

Paige – Becky Scholtec

Max – Asher Suski

Arnold – Bryan Doty

Production Team:

Director – Taylor Sklenar

March Scriptease: Shakuntala by Kalidasa

Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“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 masterpiece.  Shakuntala, a young woman raised in a secluded forest sanctuary, falls in love with, and marries King Dushyanta, whom she meets when he is hunting nearby.  But an evil spell soon robs the king of his memory of his new bride.  Can the curse be lifted and the lovers reunited?  The play engages the audience with colorful costumes (Best Costume Design nominee – 2016 Cloris Awards), dance and diverse music, featuring the rhythms of African, Caribbean and Indian music.

The multicultural cast is proud of its diverse heritages that reflect the changing cultural landscape in Iowa.  The organization seeks to advance an arts movement in the state that encompasses global cultures and supports the sharing of resources and experiences among all members of the community.