2012 Season

We’ve geared this season up with 3 new shows and 2 staged readings, written by TWS (The Western Stage) alumni – check em out!

Some changes to this year: we’ve eliminated Sunday matinees, and in substitution have added Thursday performances.

Shows will now be performing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

BASHpass will still be available at $20 – aka unlimited access to all shows!

and Saturday Night BASHers will return along with audience video feedback sessions!

 The Chalk Boy by Joshua Conkle

     July 13, 14, 19, 28 and August 2,3

Beneath its boring facade there is more going on in the tiny town of Clear Creek than the opening of the new Taco Bell.  Four of the town’s local girls are here to take you on a tour of their funny, yet brutal reality.  They struggle with faith, friendship, sex, the occult, algebra, and the disappearance of… The Chalk Boy.  This is a deathly black comedy that punches as hard as your high school bully.

Pictured in first photo from left to right: Genevieve Toribio as Breanna, Nikole Moon as Penny, Daniella Vargas as Trisha and Luna Ezekiel as Lauren




Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph

July 21, 26, 27 and August 4, 9, 16

Kayleen and Doug’s eight year old lives collide in the nurse’s office when Doug rides his bike off the roof of the school and Kayleen can’t stop throwing up. Over the course of the next 30 years, Gruesome Playground Injuries charts the intersection of these two lives using scars, wounds, and calamity as the mile markers to explore why people hurt themselves to gain another’s love and the cumulative effect of such damage.

Pictured from left to right: Nathan Liittschwager as Doug and Heather Osteraa as Kayleen



Of Dice and Men by Cameron McNary

August 10, 11, 17, 18, 23 and 25

The world of six Dungeons and Dragons players is thrown into disarray when one of them announces he has enlisted in the Marine Reserves, and will soon be deployed to Iraq. In this blisteringly funny and deeply affecting play, playwright Cameron McNary examines why we game, what it means to grow up, and what true friendship looks like.

Pictured from left to right (going around table): John Radley as Brandon, as Bob Lindall as John Francis, Matthew T. Pavellas as John Alex, Kay Akervik as Tara,  Alisha Dickinson as Linda and  Drew Davis-Wheeler as Jason



And TWO staged readings — not to be missed!

July 20th we have the honor of presenting a reading of “8”  written by Academy Award Winner and TWS alum Dustin Lance Black

Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. “8”—a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar)—demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony. See the human cost of discrimination. Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews, “8” shows both sides of the debate in a moving 90-minute play.

This event will be free and on TWS mainstage theater!


August 24th we will be presenting a new work, “Riddle Lost”, byacclaimed writer and TWS alum Kelly McAllister

A sideshow tent somewhere in the afterlife. Jeff Riddle, who  grew up with the Modoc Indians of California in the 1800’s, stumbles in, unaware that he has just died.  Inside the tent sits Hel, Norse goddess of death.  She and Riddle strike up a conversation. Hel demands that Riddle tell a story about his life- specifically, she wants him to tell her the story of Captain Jack, the leader of the Modoc during a war in the 1870’s.  As Riddle  tells the story, other characters from mythology and history wander into the tent- including Raven, the trickster god from the Pacific Northwest; Myrmidon, an ancient Greek warrior; Mimir, a talking severed head; Ziggy, a cigar store Indian; and Hel’s two servants, Thought and Memory.  Together, this disparate group re-enacts the story of the Modoc war- a tale of heroism, betrayal, and the human condition.

Kelly McAllister– Kelly is very proud to be an alumni of The Western Stage. Favorite roles at The Western Stage include: Adan/Aron in East of Eden (1992 & 1994), The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar.  He wrote of lot of his early work under the guidance of the late, great Taft Miller while working at Western Stage. Plays include: Burning the Old Man, which won the 2005 NYIT award for Outstanding Full Length Script; Hela and Troy, finalist 2011 Humana Festival at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; Last Call,  2002 FringeNYC Excellence in Playwriting award; Muse of Fire; The Morons, winner 2005 Ten by Ten one act contest at Triangle Theatre Company, NC; Some Unfortunate Hour; The Rembrandt section of The Heist Project, in collaboration with Art House Productions; and Fenway: Last of the Bohemians. He had his first international production in May 2009, when Divadlo na Zabradli of Prague opened Cesta Horiciho Muze, the Czech translation of Burning the Old Man- where it is still performing to sold out houses.  He just wrote and directed Strong Tea, a short film that will be playing the festival circuit for the next year. His plays have been produced and/or workshopped by many fine theatres, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The American School of Dubai; hope theatre, inc., Boomerang Theatre Co., Impetuous Theatre Group, Gravity and Glass Productions, the Playwrights Collective of Seattle, and The Other Theatre of Denver.  In 2003, San Jose State University named him Graduate of the Last Decade for the School of Humanities.  He was also a senior reviewer for nytheatre.com for 2003-2005.  You can read his blog at rkmcallister.blogspot.com, and follow him on twitter at @rkmcallister.

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