Season 34

Season 34

October 24 – November 29, 2015

a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

The Firestorm

by Meridith Friedman
directed by Drew Martin*                                                                           

Meridith Friedman

Gaby and Patrick, an interracial political power couple hot on the campaign trail, are thrust into the center of a media frenzy when a racially charged incident from Patrick’s past surfaces. As the pressure intensifies, the political becomes explosively personal and the foundation of their seemingly picture-perfect marriage begins to fracture.

The Firestorm was developed in part at Stage Left through a Downstage Left Playwright Residency in 2014. As part of a NNPN Rolling World Premiere, The Firestorm will be produced by Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas in May of 2015, then at Stage Left, and finally by LOCAL Theater in Boulder, Colorado in the fall of 2016.

January 9 – February 14, 2016

the Midwest premiere of


by Christopher Chen
directed by Vanessa Stalling
a co-production with Red Tape Theatre


The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. So it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who’s of mixed race, white and Asian descent.. They think they’ve found their man in Len, a multiracial war hero who can check off every single box — and maybe a couple more boxes no one knows about. A blisteringly funny satire that skewers not only the elephants in the room but the donkeys too, Mutt burns down the entire house of racial cards.

“a major – and highly entertaining – accomplishment.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“a wonderfully crazy, seemingly out-of-control political comedy.” – San Jose Mercury News

May 14 – June 19, 2016

the Midwest premiere of

The Body of an American

by Dan O’Brien
directed by Jason A. Fleece


In 1993, Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson took a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. In 2007, writer Dan O’Brien was struggling to finish his play about ghosts. A chance encounter over the airwaves sparks an extraordinary friendship that sees the two men journey from some of the most dangerous places on earth to the depths of the human soul. Flying from Kabul to the Canadian Arctic, The Body of an American sees two actors play more than thirty roles in an exhilarating new form of documentary drama.

“a play that tightens its grip as it probes where war lives, and discovers we each carry it inside ourselves.” —The Guardian
“a fascinating mix of troubled and troubling biography and autobiography…holds you in a steely grip.”Time Out London

The Body of an American has received the 2014 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, the Inaugural 2013 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, the 2013 PEN Center USA Award for Drama and a nomination for the 2015 Evening Standard’s Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright. In 2016, it will see production at Hartford Stage and off-Broadway at Primary Stages before the Midwest premiere at Stage Left.


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*Stage Left ensemble member