ArtsWest 2016-2017 Season Begins!





Photo credit: Alan Alabastro


November 17 – December 27

By Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the novel by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

2012 Winner of Five Tony Awards
2012 Nominee of Ten Tony Awards, including Best Play

When starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to protect a precious cargo. In this Tony Award-winning, magical and hilarious play with music, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters.  Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to finally reveal the origins of Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys, their piratical nemesis, Captain Hook – and a far-off place known as Neverland.

Production Run
November 17 – December 27, 2016
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.


“…a boatload of fun, a new spin on a myth as timeless as its title character.” – The Seattle Times

Peter is not an effigy for our loss of innocence, but a message in a bottle revealing that your inner-child lives and breathes…For making me feel like a carefree kid again, I give ArtsWest’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” 5/5 stars. Treat yourself to this well-deserved evening of whimsy, enchantment, and mirth.” – Broadway World

“Theater will always be one of my favorite ways to spend time with my kids, discuss hard topics, challenge our thinking and above all remember the power of imagination. Peter and the Starcatcher offers all of these opportunities in spades.” – Seattle’s Child

*Run time – 2hrs. 15 mins | 1 intermission

Note: Peter and the Starcatcher is enjoyable for all ages.



The Little Match Girl Passion

DEC 11 – DEC 22 2016

Composed by David Lang, 2008

Based on The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson

Modeled after Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, The Little Match Girl Passion is a modern, minimalist retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s tragic winter fairy tale. With only matches to keep her warm, a poor young girl, afraid to go home to her abusive father, takes shelter in an alley on a cold winter night. As she strikes each match, wonderful visions appear: when the last match is struck, the girl learns that the end of her suffering – and her life – is near. Featuring four of Seattle’s most critically acclaimed voices and the lyrical, hip-hop choreography of UJ Mangune, our production of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning masterpiece is an intimate, unforgettable evening of music and dance.

“The piece is at once an understated narrative and an ethereal meditation.” – The New York Times

“David Lang’s retelling of Hans Andersen’s fairy tale is an entrancingly beautiful piece.” – The Guardian

“Minimalist in form and quasi-medieval in its sublime austerity.” – The Los Angeles Times

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Rise up with ArtsWest, support our productions, help us tell our stories – together our small donations become something big.  #TELLTHESTORY!

Our 2016- 2017 SEASON



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From its early origins, Theater has always reflected and been shaped by a community’s needs and world views. Sanskrit drama, originating in India, began as religious plays utilizing song and dance. Native Americans used a combination of dance, costume, storytelling, and music to perform ceremonies of celebration and mourning. In Greece, tragedy developed from community…

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