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Swimming While Drowning

Sep 29 – Oct 23 2022

By Emilio Rodriguez

A story of love, poetry, and new beginnings.
When teenager Angelo Mendez decides to leave his home out of fear of further disappointing his homophobic father, he encounters a world he was not prepared for at an LGBT homeless shelter in Los Angeles. There he meets a fellow homeless teen who gives him a voice and unexpectedly introduces him to love.  Set in the worlds of the homeless shelter and the poetry lounge, SWIMMING WHILE DROWNING paints a world that is simultaneously sweet and funny, heartbreaking and real.


Finalist, Best Original Script, Drammy Award, 2017

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Jul 28 – Aug 14 2022

Online Version – Now Streaming!

Meet a child. One who prefers art over standard curriculums and following directions. One who dreams of singing Stevie Wonder, and marrying Michael Jackson by age 18. One who longs to perform on big stages and bigger screens. One who wades into uncharted waters to find their voice and, along with it, a whole new set of standards and expectations.


Combining hip hop, soul, cabaret, and storytelling, Felicia Loud of renowned Seattle performance group Black Stax has collaborated with ArtsWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright to create an original evening of theater.  Joined onstage by musicians Cydney Johnson and Greg Fields, with a special appearance by Jace Ecaj of Black Stax, Felicia Loud shares her voice, her story, and her message.  HERE THERE BE DRAGONS is a funny, moving, and inspiring one-woman show about the courage to share your truth in a world that seeks to change it.


How to see this show online

  • A password to the full professionally-filmed show will be emailed to you once it is available.

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miku, and the gods.

Jun 16 – Jul 03 2022

by Julia Izumi
Directed by Alyza DelPan Monely
Co-presented by Pork-Filled Productions

Miku wants to be a god. Ephraim wants to be an Olympian. Grandma Seiko wants to remember. And minor god Shara just wants people to include him in the conversation, you know? As they journey from the schoolyard to the river to the underworld and back again, Miku and company will learn what it actually takes to become a god. As funny as it is moving, miku, and the gods. is an epic adventure that braids together friendship, death, memory, time, rhythm – and power beyond what one could ever desire.

Runtime: approximately 100 minutes with no intermission.


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May 06 – May 22 2022

by Benjamin Benne

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? 



Winner, 2019 National Latinx Playwriting Award 

Winner, 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award 


How to see this show in-person or online

  • Tickets are offered at 4 price levels, starting at $15.
  • This show runs about 90 minutes with no intermission.
  • Masks will be required for everyone over the age of 2 years old; proof of vaccine or a negative test for everyone 5 and above.
  • A professionally filmed version will be available to stream for online ticket holders approximately two weeks after Opening Night.

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