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SKELETON CREW

Sep 20 – Oct 14 2018

Photo (c) John McLellan. From left to right: Tracy Michelle Hughes, Allen Miller III.

“With a compelling story and a killer cast, ArtsWest has produced another winner…This is a story that needs to be told. The only question is if we are ready to listen.” – Broadway World

By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Jay O’Leary

OBIE and Steinberg Playwright Award-winning playwright

Time Magazine – 10 Best Shows of 2016

In the depths of the 2008 Great Recession, rumors of shutdown start to spread at one of Detroit’s last auto-stamping plants, forcing a tight-knit family of workers to face a devastating question: what will you sacrifice to survive? In the spirit of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau’s bold and compassionate new play lays bare the trials of the human spirit with verve, wit, and an electrifying voice of uncommon poetry.


“Clifford Odets’ dramas come to mind and so does the great Pittsburgh cycle of August Wilson. But Skeleton Crew is squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller…A deeply moral and deeply American play.” – The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)

“A social observer of invigorating insight, [Morisseau] reveals a knack in this absorbing comedy-drama for nuanced accounts of the travails of blue-collar men and women and the questionable choices that illuminate their complicated lives.” – The Washington Post


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JANE EYRE

Nov 15 – Dec 23 2018

Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon

Book and additional lyrics by John Caird

Adapted from the novel by Charlotte Brontë

Nominated for 5 Tony awards, including Best Musical

New 10-person Chamber version

When a spirited young orphan finds an unexpected home with a wealthy family, she also – against all odds and expectations – finds love. But strange voices from the attic and dark secrets from the past spark flames of fate that could consume them all. With sweeping music in a new chamber version of the celebrated musical, Charlotte Brontë’s classic love story soars to life and introduces this trailblazing heroine to a new generation.


“This fairytale of love and suspense, a sweeping story with universal and timeless themes that don’t need ever-more-impressive special effects to catch attention, grips from the start.” The Toronto Star

“…blessed with a luxuriant score, haunting and memorable music, and crisp, intelligent lyrics which speak from the very heart of this tragic and romantic story.” Talkin’ Broadway


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M. BUTTERFLY

Jan 24 – Feb 17 2019

By David Henry Hwang

1988 Tony Award Winner – Best Play

1988 Drama Desk Award Winner – Outstanding New Play

1989 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

When we build fantasies to hide the truth, what happens when it all comes tumbling down? Clever parallels to the famous opera Madame Butterfly abound in this fearless play about a French diplomat who falls for a Chinese opera star: the ideal, exotic woman in his mind, but in reality, a man with a secret mission. Rich with deeper themes, M. Butterfly confronts the perception of Eastern culture by the West and the persistent romanticism that clouds it.


“With M. Butterfly David Henry Hwang joins the first string of American playwrights. This is an audaciously imaginative play, big in conception and theme, and a satisfying instance of a talented writer hitting full stride.” —Variety

“It will move you, it will thrill you, it may even surprise you. It is a play not to be missed, and it is a play once caught that will never be forgotten.” —NY Post


Note: this production features nudity.


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