Jan 24 – Feb 17 2019
By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Samip Raval
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 the walls come 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 the truth is beyond his imagination. Hailed as a modern classic, M. Butterfly deftly skewers the perception of Eastern culture by the West and the persistent objectification that clouds it.
Photo: Tom Dang and David Quicksall. Photo by Michael Brunk.
“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 and graphic language.
Join us for a Cast Talk Back! Join members of the M. Butterfly cast for a Talk Back about the play after the Friday, February 15 performance. Tickets >
Additional performance! Now available: Sunday, February 17 at 7:30pm. Get tickets >
Next in the Season: John >
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.
Jane Eyre is presented in 2 acts with with one 10 minute intermission. Runtime is approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes.
*Note: this performance features the use of water-based haze.
“The glorious music will haunt you, enrapture you, and seep into your very bones. You may come for the story, but it is the music that will make you want to see it again and again.” Broadway World (reviewing the ArtsWest production)
“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
Next in the Season: M. Butterfly >
Sep 20 – Oct 14 2018
FINAL WEEK OF PERFORMANCES!
Photo (c) John McLellan. From left to right: Charles Wright, Tracy Michelle Hughes.
“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
Runtime is approx. 2 hours 10 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.
Next in the Season: Jane Eyre >
Jun 07 – Jul 08 2018
CLOSING WEEKEND! Two productions in rotating repertory:
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Hedwig and the Angry Inch
LADY DAY AT emerson’s bar and grill
by Lanie Robertson
Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Lanie Robertson’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill paints a stirring portrait of jazz legend Billie Holiday as she performs one of her last solo concerts, four months before her death. Packed with the music that made her both a legend – “What a Little Moonlight Can Do”, “God Bless the Child” – and a cultural flashpoint – “Strange Fruit” – Lady Day tells an intimate story of a complex woman through reminisces, confessions, and unforgettable music.
Thursdays & Saturdays at 7:30pm | GET TICKETS
Note: this production features the use of water-based haze.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Book by John Cameron Mitchell
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Directed by Mathew Wright
The off-Broadway smash-hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the electrifying story of Hedwig, a German emigrant who suffered a botched sex-change operation, as she travels the country in hopeless romantic pursuit of her former lover. First a hit on stage and again on screen, John Cameron Mitchell’s hard-rock tale of transformation has earned critical acclaim and a legion of fans across the world.
Fridays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm / GET TICKETS
Note: this production features the use of water-based haze and strobe effects.
ArtsWest has been transformed for Hedwig and Lady Day! With 10 Cabaret Tables on the floor and backed barstools on houses right and left, you can be truly transported into the world of Lady Day‘s 1950s nightclub or Hedwig’s modern-day rock hideout.
The backed barstools on houses right and left are separated by a cozy table – for patrons coming to the show as a pair, pick seats on either side of the table (represented on the seating chart as a blocked seat) and you’re all set for an unforgettable evening.
Practical Questions of Wholeness
Both Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Hedwig and the Angry Inchare powerful, penetrating portraits of performers as they grapple with their identity through music. The title of the repertory pairing – Practical Questions of Wholeness, a line from Hedwig – speaks to the search both artists undertake to trace the fault lines, and find the missing pieces, to their fractured senses of self.
Presented in rotating repertory
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill will be performed Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm; Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be performed Fridays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. In this rotating repertory arrangement, performances happen on alternating days on the same set, giving audiences the opportunity to see first-hand how performance and storytelling completely transform a space.
Note: this production features the use of water-based haze.
Co-sponsor: The Hansberry Project