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May 02 – May 26 2019

By Julia Cho

Directed by Mathew Wright

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning playwright

Alarmed by his grisly writings, a professor invites a troubled student to her office to shed light on – and build a bridge across – the dark clouds that surround him. As the clock ticks down and tensions rise, she learns that notions of “good” and “bad” are dangerous illusions. A stirring call for empathy and a bold experiment in form, this searing play tackles thorny issues of gun violence, immigration, and “the other” to reveal our essential, human need for connection.

Content note: Office Hour features realistic, non-firing prop guns, loud recorded gun shots, strobe effects, and depictions of violence.

…vital, honest, and valuable. …Office Hour is interested not only in the question of gun violence, but in the painful, isolating struggle faced by the children of immigrant parents in this country.” —NY Magazine

“…[an] urgent and sensitive drama… tense and extremely well thought out… What is so gripping about the play…is the ever-present fear of horrific violence that permeates the space, even as sympathy grows for Dennis. …Cho effectively calls for compassion and outreach from a society that commonly creates violent loners out of troubled children.” —Broadway World


Next in the Season: The Last World Octopus Wresting Champion >



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Jun 20 – Jul 28 2019

Book, music and lyrics by Justin Huertas

Gregory Award-winning playwright of LIZARD BOY

Senior year (and falling in love) is hard enough, but when the discovery of her mother’s old trophy throws open the locked doors of the past, a young girl must reckon with a world turned upside down – and the arrival of strange new abilities that seem to hint at a destiny beyond her wildest imaginations. Taking rich threads of Puget Sound history and folklore, musical mastermind Justin Huertas weaves a thrilling modern myth of love, family, and transformation.

“Justin Huertas is one of those people who seemingly can do everything.” – KUOW

“[Huertas’s] songs liven up the action…His talent for choruses and his humor shine.” – The Stranger


Join us Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30pm for First Look with Mathew Wright: The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion and get a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of bringing this production to the stage. Admission is free and seating is general admission. Reserve your free tickets now >

Over 8 weeks of classes, theater lovers of all experience levels learn everything from how directors develop a concept to marketing strategies as opening night draws near. Last year’s cohort dove into An Octoroon and came away marveling at the experience:

I’ve already encouraged friends to participate in StageNotes next time around.  It exceeded all my expectations! – Jeffrey K.

This has truly deepened my love for the theatre. – Paula T.

This Season, join the team at ArtsWest as we dive into The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion, the world premiere musical from Lizard Boy creator Justin Huertas. See first-hand how a complete musical is workshopped, designed, marketed, directed, and – finally – revealed to the world (for the very first time). Don’t miss it. Sign up now!


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