For Immediate Release and Broadcast
Have the Time of Your Life at The Western Stage in 2006!
The Western Stage (TWS) launches into its fourth
decade as the
The Western Stage (TWS) is launching into its fourth
decade as the
Here is what TWS has in store for 2006.
The Time of Your Life
By William Saroyan
June 9 – July 2
Pull up a barstool for William Saroyan’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy about Nick’s waterfront saloon in San Francisco, where Joe, a kind and enigmatic regular, encourages the motley ensemble of sailors, gamblers, prostitutes, and stand-up comics who frequent the bar to follow their dreams—so that “in the time of their lives they don’t add to the misery and sorrow of the world”, but rather “smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it”.
Meet Me in
Music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on the “Kensington Stories” by Sally Benson
and the MGM musical “Meet Me in
July 15 – August 5
Gosh, Gum! This stage version of the classic MGM musical about the lives of the refreshingly cheerful Smith family at the turn of the 20th century will have audiences longing for the carefree days of yore. Yet, when Mr. Smith gets a promotion that threatens to uproot his family, they suddenly face the heartbreaking possibility of leaving the only home they’ve known behind. A charming musical comedy featuring standards like “The Trolley Song”, “The Boy Next Door” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.
By Ken Ludwig
August 4 –
27, September 8 – 10 in
Lights, Camera, Shakespeare! It’s 1934, and the Bard’s most famous
fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the glamorous
Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller
Book by William Hauptman
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
October 7 - 28
Winner of the Tony for Best Musical, this re-telling
of Mark Twain’s beloved classic follows the adventures of Huck, an untamable
orphan, and Jim, a runaway slave, as they sing and dance their way to freedom
The Real Thing
By Tom Stoppard
September 15 – October 8
Tom Stoppard performs the verbal and theatrical acrobatics that have made him the greatest dramatist of his generation in this romantic comedy about love, politics, and infidelity. Henry is a stuffy playwright, his wife, Annie, a politically idealistic actress. When she asks him to help doctor a television script for an anarchist friend of hers, Henry is forced to confront some challenging questions about himself and his art - What makes a good play? Does art need to be political, or can there just be art for arts sake? When is love real, and when is it…illusion?
Inherit the Wind
By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
October 27 – November 9
Inspired by the legendary 1925 Scopes “Monkey”
Trial…the courtroom debate that made Evolution a household name…this classic
American drama is still as relevant today as it was over half a century ago.
The small town of
Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Hart
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
December 1 - 17
Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist springs to life in this Tony award winning
rags-to-riches musical about a runaway orphan who becomes a
Priority season reservations are now being accepted only through the Friends of The Western Stage donation program that has received a boost through the recently established Western Stage Endowment. Call 831-755-6980 for more information. Season tickets are still the best bargain, saving subscribers up to 42% off of the door price. Season ticket packages are now available. Call 831-375-2111 for more information or for a season brochure mailing in late winter. Single tickets go on sale in April. Groups interested in purchasing a block of tickets should take advantage of TWS’ special group rate by calling Ron Cacas, TWS’ Marketing and Public Relations Manager, at (831) 759-6012.
Dan Tarker, Literary Associate