Stage Left Theater

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Stage Left Theatre's annual "Fast & Furious" returns for the 7th time, with staged readings of 35 short plays. In the studio are director Jeremy Urann, Producer and actor Rebecca Cook, and actor Susan Hardie with a discussion and preview of one of the short plays ("Just Chillin'" by Gail Corey-Betz).

"Fast & Furious 7" opens Friday, March 6, at 7:30 PM, and runs through Sunday, March 8. For tickets and more information visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Thomas Heppler, Director of Stage Left Theater's production of "Lonely Planet," visits the studio to discuss the play, which is set at the height of the AIDS crisis. Also in the studio are actors Robert Tombari (Jody) and Lukas Lanz (Carl) to perform a scene and talk about their roles.

"Lonely Planet" opens Friday, February 14, at 7:30 PM and runs through March 1. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Director Josephine Keefe of Stage Left Theatre visits the studio to discuss a their production of “Venus in Fur,” David Ives’ play-within-a-play based on the novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Also in the studio are actors Emily Jones (Vanda von Dunayev) and Danny Anderson (Thomas Novachek) to perform a scene from the show and talk about their roles.

“Venus in Fur” opens Friday, November 22, at 7:30 and continues through December 8. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Stage Left Theater's season continues with Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera," the satire of the down-and-out in post-war London with music by Kurt Weill. Director Troy Nickerson visits the studio with actors Abbey Crawford (Jenny) and Robert Tombari (Macheath), to discuss the production and perform songs from the show.

"The Threepenny Opera" opens Friday, October 18, at 7:30 PM, and runs through November 3rd. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/season-2019/.

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Stage Left Theater's latest production is surreal... Marlee Andrews (Gabriela) and Rick Rivera (The Moon) visit the studio with a preview of Jose Rivera's "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot," directed by Juan Mas.

"References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" opens 7:30 PM, Friday, September 6, and runs through September 22. For tickets and more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Jim Tevenan welcomes J.P. O' Shaughnessy and Jenny Oliver of Stage Left Theater to discuss a new program: "The Folio: Theater A La Carte." 

The first play presented in the series will be Sam Shepard's "Buried Child," presented as a staged reading one night only: Friday, August 23, 2019, at 7PM. New plays will be presented every six weeks. For more information, visit https://spokanestageleft.org/news/.

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Stage Left Theater visits the studio with a preview of their current production, "BARE: A Pop Opera," the story of students at a Catholic boarding school who grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. Director Troy Nickerson and actors Scott Miller (Jason), Brady Magruder (Peter), and Abbey Crawford (Claire, Peter's mom), discuss their roles and gives us a sampling of the music, with the song, "Best Kept Secret."

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Stage Left Theater stops by to preview "Kids Korner." Director Ben Dyck, actor Lulu Stafford, and producer Marty Kittelson talk about this production of 38 short plays written by Evergreen Elementary School first-graders. Spokane area actors and directors bring the action to life, and audience members provide the laughter! 

These family-friendly performances will take place at 7 PM May 9th, 10th, and 11th, with matinees at 2 PM on May 11th and 12th, at Stage Left Theater, 108 W Third Ave, Spokane.

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Members of Stage Left Theater stopped by to discuss "Leftovers," a 24-hour festival of playwriting, rehearsal, and performing. Directors Susan Hardie and Adrienne Dellwo, actor Michelle Bakken, and playwright Matthew Weaver discussed the concept and creative process of this one-time event. The only performance will take place 7:30 PM, April 27th.

For ticket information visit https://spokanestageleft.org/.

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Spokane Stage Left Theater sent over actors Harper Clanton, Christine Mullally, Colton Sullivan and Dalin Tipton for an interview this morning, during which they shed some light on their upcoming production of “A Bright Room Called Day.” Set in early 1930s Germany, this Tony Kushner play follows a group of friends as they are caught up in the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi Party.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM on March 28 & 29 and 2 PM on March 31, with more each weekend through April 12.

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Producer & actor Rebecca Cook, director Kearney Jordan and actor Thomas Olson from Spokane Stage Left Theater had a quick chat with us today about their 6th annual “Fast & Furious” Playwright Festival, consisting of 36 original one-page plays from around the world.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM on March 15 & 16 with a 2 PM matinee on March 17.

This production may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Actor Michael Schmidt braved the cold weather today to give us an inside look at Spokane Stage Left Theater’s latest production: “Hecuba.” This modern rewrite of the ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides endeavors to show a more realistic depiction of the events following the fall of Troy, with the main focus on the fate of its queen.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM on February 22 & 23 and 2 PM on February 24, with more shows each weekend through March 10.

This play may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Director Chris Hansen paid a visit to the studio with Steven Schneidmiller, who produced the film and sound components of Spokane Stage Left Theater’s upcoming play, “Daisy.” Based on true events, it explores the moment in television history that launched the age of negative advertising, and forever changed how we elect our leaders.

Performances will be at 7:30 PM November 16 & 17 and 2 PM November 18 with more shows at the same time each week through December 2.

This production contains adult themes and may require parental guidance.

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Stage Left Theater presents "1984" based on the book by George Orwell. A group from the production visited the SPR studios today to highlight the upcoming show. 

This production runs from September 7th - Sept. 23rd, 2018. 

More information is available at Stage Left Theater's website.

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This weekend Stage Left Theater presents the opening of "God's Country" written by Steven Dietz and directed by Rebecca McNeill. 

Performances take place between May 25th and June 10th. 

Fridays and Saturdays: 7:30 PM

Sundays: 2:00 PM

More information is available at Stage Left Theater's website.  

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Cast and crew from Stage Left Theater's production of "Kids Korner" meet in the KPBX studio today to talk to Verne. 

"Kids Korner" is a series of plays written by first graders and performed by adults. 

More information is available at Stage Left Theater's website

From the Studio : The Long Form

Mar 14, 2018
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Guests from Stage Left Theater visit Verne in the studio today to preview their upcoming, first annual Playwrights Festival, "The Long Form" this weekend: 

Friday, March 16th, 2018: 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Saturday, March 17th, 2018: 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Sunday, March 18th, 2018: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

More information available at Stage Left Theater website

Top Row, left to right: Charles Fletcher, Michael Noel. Bottom Row: Adrienne Dellwo, Jennifer Simmons and director Lorna Hamilton.Credit Spokane Public RadioEdit | Remove

Some cast members and director of "Burnt by the Sun" speak with Verne about their upcoming production. 

Performances will take place from February 23rd - March 11th. 

More information is available at Stage Left Theater's website

Stage Left Theater Presents "At the Sweet Gum Bridge"

Jan 10, 2018
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Cast members of Stage Left Theater's production of "At the Sweet Gum Bridge" visit the studio today to perform with Verne and promote the upcoming show. Studio guests include Tia Wooley, Managing Director, Eric Anderson as "Pushamataha", Steven Schneidmiller as "John Mac". 

At the Sweet Gum Bridge performance dates are January 12 -28th, 2018. More information at Stage Left Theater's website

FREUD’S LAST SESSION, by Mark St. Germain, opens December 1, at Stage Left Theater, and runs through December 17. Director, Pamela Kingsley and JP Shaughnessy, (Freud) and Dalin Tipton (C.S.Lewis) spoke with Verne this morning to introduce the show.

This recording features an  interview and clip from a staged reading featured in the Playwright Festival. Rebecca Cook, producer introduces actors Robyn Urhausen and Steven Schneidmiller. The clip is from the short piece, "Location , Location, Location (or The Immeasurable Distance Between Here and There)" by Rich Orloff. This clip is set in a hotel room with two people who've been working for the same company but at a distance for many years. They've known each other but only see each other at conventions.

From the Studio: Molly Allen

Oct 4, 2017
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Stage Left Theater will be presenting Cyrano, beginning September 8 through the 24th. This morning, Verne spoke with Managing Director, Tia Wooley, and Play Director, Chris Wooley, about the production. For ticket information, please visit the Stage Left Theater.

Stage Left Theater in Spokane will present A.R. Gurney's romantic comedy Sylvia about a marriage and a dog opening July 14, 2017.  Director Chris Taylor and actor Jennie Oliver - who plays the title dog - visited the studio to talk about the production which will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 14. 

This morning, we previewed Stage Left Theater's production of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful with director Troy Nickerson and cast members Mary Jo Rudolf and Jamie Flanery. The Trip to Bountiful opens this Friday, June 9 at Stage Left in Spokane. 

This morning, members of Stage Left Theater visited the studio to talk with Verne about their upcoming production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia.  Directors Jamie Flanery and Kathleen Jeffs and cast members Chris Jensen and Ladonna Wojtowicz shared their perspectives on the show and previewed a couple of scenes.  Arcadia opens at Stage Left on April 21, 2017 and runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 7. 

35M: A Musical Exhibition opens this weekend at Stage Left Theater in downtown Spokane. Directed by Rio Zavala and Alexander Edmonds, with Musical Direction by Ashley Pyle, the cast includes Jonah Taylor, Torey Routson, Marlee Andrews, CJ Lorentz and Brooke McCormick. This morning, Torey and CJ performed selections from the show, and the directors spoke about the background of the piece and the interaction of song and photography. They also discussed their new theater group:The Ghostlight Ensemble.

Stage Left Theater in Spokane will present Emma, a play by historian Howard Zinn about the life of Emma Goldman.  Director Jessica Loomer and cast members Kearney Jordan and David Hardie spoke with Verne this morning about the show and how the history of resistance and protest in the United States resonated in modern times. Emma opens Friday March 3 and runs though March 19 at Stage Left Theater.

Fast and Furious IV is Stage Left Theater's annual staged reading of 35 very short plays.  Producer/director Dawn Taylor Reinhardt and and actors Lynn Noel and Mike Noel talked with Verne this morning about this unique, fast-paced event.  Fast and Furious IV runs February 10-12, 2017.

Stage Left Theater in Spokane presents the Pulitzer Prize willing play Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar starting this Friday January 13 at 7:30pm.  This morning director Lance Babbitt and cast members Joe Mazzie, Jared Johnson, Aubrey Shimek Davis and Alex Edmonds joined Verne in the studio to talk about the timely and thought-provoking play which examines prejudice, faith and identity. Disgraced will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through January 29. More information and tickets available from Stage Left Theater.

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