Coming Soon


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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