By Benjamin Benne

ArtsWest presents ALMA May 6 – May 22, 2022

Preview: May 5th, Opening Night: May 6th

Working mom Alma has singlehandedly raised her daughter, Angel, on tough love, home-cooked comida and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla await Angel at home—but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears that her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together? Read more…


At the heart of all we do are our stories. They lift us up, touch us, teach us, and they make us whole.

Theater brings us together, in community, to reach into our hearts in a way no other art form can attempt. We ask each other questions, share in the joy of laughter, and have moments of unity as artists and audiences fill the theater together.

This year is unprecedented as we come back to the stage and back to the stories. It is so much more difficult, more expensive, and takes more time than ever before to produce theater. But this isn’t a tale of struggle or woe, it is a glorious celebration of bringing our work back for our artists and audiences.

Help us in this re-opening season and GiveBIG today and tomorrow!

Heat Stress Prevention Drive

In support of the mutual-aid work that WashMASKS does for Washington farmworkers, we’re encouraging you to participate in the Heat Stress Prevention Donation Drive. Donations can be made during box office hours or before any performance of ALMA. Look for the pink box! Read the packet for more detailed info on how to participate.

Farmworkers deserve safety, equity, and dignity. They feed us.

In the Gallery: Jake Predez

Nepantla: The Space In-Between

Artist Reception: Thursday May 12th, 5-7PM

Jake Prendez creates art with a specific focus on themes relating to Chicana/o culture, activism, social justice, pop culture, and satire. His artistic style ranges from indigenous iconography, social realism, portraiture, to colorful pop art. Read more…

ALMA: In Dialogue with Ben & Franco

May 5th, 2022

Join us for a discussion about our newest production, ALMA, with the playwright Benjamin Benne and the director Sophie Franco. In this first section, Ben explains the history of this play’s ties to the Pacific Northwest, and Franco introduces us to the world of Alma and Angel. In the second section, Ben explains the personal…

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