StageWest Announces 2015-2016 Season

StageWest Theatre Company is pleased to announce the 2015 – 2016 season schedule. Get ready for an exciting season of progressive theatre feature some of the most talked about plays from across the country. Season tickets may be purchased by contacting bryan@stagewestiowa.com or calling (515) 309-0251.

Bad Jews By Joshua Harmon – Iowa Premiere 

October 9-18, 2015

The death of their grandfather throws brothers Liam and Jonah together, but it also brings their wild-haired, loud-mouthed, opinionated cousin Daphna. All she wants is her grandfather’s Jewish chai necklace, but Liam will stop at nothing to keep it from her. This comic encounter of chaotic cousinhood is something you cannot Passover.
“Four stars. Watching ‘Bad Jews,’ you may change your mind about who the title refers to. But you’ll also be consistently impressed by this fast and funny, pungent and poignant comedy by Joshua Harmon.” – New York Daily News

Straight White Men By Young Jean Lee 

December 11-20, 2015

By Young Jean Lee
When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity is the cornerstone of one’s worth, and privilege is increasingly problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
“fascinating…goes far beyond cheap satire, ultimately becoming a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man’s existential crisis…Ms. Lee’s mournful and inquisitive play leaves us with the disturbing idea that while unhappiness and a lack of achievement may be causes for sympathy, being at peace with this is an offense that cannot and will not be borne, perhaps even by the people who love you most.” – The New York Times

Outside Mullingar By John Patrick Shanley – Iowa Premiere 

February 12-21, 2016

Anthony and Rosemary are two Irish introverts who have been neighbors their entire lives. When Anthony’s father threatens to disinherit his daydreaming son, Rosemary bullies the old man into submission with a coveted piece of land. The years pass by, and in their quiet loneliness, a heartwarming romance blossoms and forces the two to open up their homes and their hearts.
“Mr. Shanley’s finest work since DOUBT…a softhearted comedy freckled with dark reflections on the unsatisfactory nature of life and the thorns of love.” —NY Times

Every Five Minutes By Linda McLean – Midwest Premiere 

May 13-22, 2016

After years of abuse and torture as a Prisoner of War, Mo cannot differentiate between what is real and what is nightmare. Tormented by memories and his own imaginings, phantoms tear his world apart. But through love, comfort, and home, his loved ones lead him toward healing and hope.
“The unknowable may be the heart of this drama, but it’s the everyday that truly grabs the imagination in Every Five Minutes.” Mercury News, San Francisco

Mothers and Sons By Terrence McNally – Iowa Premiere 

June 10-19, 2016

At turns funny and powerful, MOTHERS AND SONS portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.
“…MOTHERS AND SONS is profound. Heartbreaking. Triumphant.” —NY Observer