ArtsWest 2016-2017 Season Begins!

OPENING september 22


A story of a mother’s love and what truly happens when we are afraid to speak for those whose voices can not be heard. 


By Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Richard Eyre
Directed by Mathew Wright

Join ArtsWest as the season opens with acclaimed British director Richard Eyre’s stunning adaptation of  Henrik Ibsen’s GHOSTS.  Described as scandalous work when it was first performed in 1892, the story follows widow Helene Alving as she tries to start her life anew after the death of her philandering husband. She is determined that her son will not follow his father’s footsteps, but when Oswald returns from France, she discovers that she may be too late.

“Ghosts remains the great historical example of a single play’s power to disturb.” – The New York Times

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Our 2016- 2017 SEASON



bad apples – september 7-25 – An ArtsWest Co-Presentation!

BA_1000x1000“Nothing I can tell you about this play does it justice, except come ready to be rocked. Leave your judgments, and your kids, at home.” —Huffington Post

Welcome to Club Abu, the darkest party in Baghdad. An incendiary rock musical that pulls back the curtain of one of the greatest moral challenges we have faced as a nation and sets it to a wicked irreverent back beat.

Bad Apples is a rock musical inspired by the real-life prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Bad Apples seeks to answer the simple question: How in God’s name did this happen? Two soldiers ended up pregnant by fellow soldier Charles Graner; both women wanted to marry him, competed with each other to win his love, and enthusiastically tortured prisoners together, documenting most of it in pictures that later leaked and shocked the world.

Who were the victims? Who were the villains? Is sadism part of being human? Normal for war? Normal for love? Was Abu really an aberration brought on by a few “bad apples” or does it speak to something deeper in our national psyche? Bad Apples is not a history play. It digs deeper than the facts, exploring a twisted theatrical world inspired by a fictionalized Abu Ghraib.

– held at the Falls Theatre, ACT, Co-presented with ACT Theatre and Circle X THEATRE Co.


From the Blog


With A Little Help From Our Friends

September 27th, 2016

The leaves may be falling outside, but inside ArtsWest Gallery & Playhouse, everything is coming into bloom. On Wednesday, September 21, we kicked off the 2016-2017 season with our annual Volunteer Appreciation Night and a preview of our Season Premiere: Richard Eyre’s brilliant new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts.
That evening, as a wave…

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