Stage West Presents “War Words”

Stage West Presents “War Words”

STAGE WEST TO PRESENT UNIQUE AND TIMELY “WAR WORDS”

 

This Veterans’ Day, Stage West, along with the Atlantic Council, is proud to present an abbreviated reading of the Pulitzer-nominated play War Words by Michelle Kholos Brooks, as part of a nationwide event which celebrates, honors, and recognizes the men and women of our military. The play is a work of docu-theatre, which chronicles the funny, strange, heroic, and heartbreaking stories of military service people who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on interviews with veterans of those wars and their families.  Commending the play, the Council’s board director General (Ret.) David Petraeus says, “Few movies or plays have ever captured for me as powerfully as War Words . . . the experiences of American veterans, especially those who have served in uniform since 9/11.”.

The event is organized by the Atlantic Council, a think-tank affiliated with the Department of Defense, which works to better bridge the gap between those who serve our nation and the general public. In light of recent events from that part of the world, this Veterans’ Day event feels all the more timely, necessary, and special.  War Words is compelling entertainment, which also serves the civic purpose of drawing the audience into a closer relationship with the men and women who serve in the military.

While most Veterans’ Day events are geared towards veterans (who are certainly welcome and encouraged to attend), this event is also geared towards the general public who might not have any relationship with the military.

We at Stage West are thrilled to be one of just six theaters around the nation chosen to present this wonderful event, and to help to bring more awareness to the lives and stories of our military service people.

 

Stage West’s presentation will be directed by Gregg Wiggans, and will feature Sasha Maya Ada, Jakie Cabe, Conor Clark, Allen Dean, Sam Henderson, Sean Massey, Blake McNamara, Dana Schultes, and Morgana Wilborn.  Catie Choate will serve as Moderator, Stage Manager will be Hailey Green, with Lighting and Technical Design by Bryan Stevenson.

 

Performances are November 10 and November 11 at 6:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the Lobby Café’s bar available for pre-show drinks and appetizers. The evening includes an exclusive message via video from General Petraeus. Tickets are just $10 for general public and $5 for Stage West season ticket holders.

Parental discretion is advised (PG-13). This 90-minute event is sponsored by Elbit Systems of America, Bell Textron, and Textron Systems.  Further information can be found at https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/programs/scowcroft-center-for-strategy-and-security/forward-defense/war-words-across-america/

 

Playwright Statement for War Words
By Michelle Kholos Brooks:

 “A few years ago, I considered myself a progressive, open, unbiased person. I didn’t believe in having preconceived notions about individuals based on, for instance, gender, or ethnicity or religion. I didn’t see any of those things. 

But you can bet your boots I saw military.

I believed all the clichés I’d heard about people who serve—they join up because they don’t have other choices; they can’t afford college; people in the military like the adrenalin of the fight, right?

 Then I started this project and my view completely changed. War Words is based on interviews I did with real people who have served during our twenty year “Long War” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Once I began hearing their personal stories, I started to care. 

 I understand a little more about the military now, and I can even follow some (some!) of the acronyms. But I don’t think the information I’ve gathered really matters. What’s important is that I now feel something for the people who I once viewed as “other.” And In feeling something for them, I have started to become more invested in the national policies that send these people away from their families and ask them to do things I would never volunteer to do. I don’t have to agree with these policies to care about the people who are charged with the extraordinary task of carrying them out. A very small fraction of our citizenry bears an enormous burden for the rest of us. It is now clear to me that a little understanding is the very least I can offer to help lighten the load.”

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Broadway Returns to Bass Performance Hall!

Performing Arts Fort Worth Announces 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass Season 

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 10, 2021) – Broadway shows are returning to Fort Worth as Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, announced today the 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass season. The six-show series features many of the titles that were previously scheduled prior to COVID-19, as well as a newly added hit show direct from Broadway. Current 2020-2021 Broadway at the Bass season ticket holders have until June 21 to renew and keep their seats. New season tickets go on sale July 15. Patrons can sign up for the new season ticket waitlist now by visiting www.basshall.com/waitlist.

The season kicks off in October with COME FROM AWAY, the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Just in time for the holiday season, CATS returns to the Bass Hall stage in an all-new production.

Called a “cultural phenomenon” by the LA Times and winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award, DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Making its long-awaited Bass Hall debut in January 2022, The Washington Post calls DEAR EVAN HANSEN “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history.”

The season continues into summer 2022 with a trio of standouts – a reimagined production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!, winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival; in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR returns with a new mesmerizing production creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring; and direct from Broadway, the 2021-2022 season concludes with MEAN GIRLS. Featuring a book by Tina Fey, MEAN GIRLS is “by far the funniest musical of the year!” (Chicago Tribune).

HAMILTON, rescheduled to January 18-February 6, 2022, is a season add-on. Tickets for the original June 9-28, 2020, dates will be honored for the new dates. Tickets are not on sale at this time. There will be a separate exchange and on-sale window to be announced at a later date. Patrons that purchase new 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass season tickets will have pre-sale access to secure tickets to HAMILTON. No action is necessary for current ticket holders who purchased their tickets through the Bass Hall website, www.basshall.com, or Bass Hall Box Office. Those who purchased tickets through third parties will need to contact their points of purchase.

Performing Arts Fort Worth also announced today that the highly anticipated return of Disney’s THE LION KING will be part of the 2022-2023 Broadway at the Bass season. 2021-2022 season ticket holders that renew their seats for the 2022-2023 season will have priority access to THE LION KING.

“Today marks an important milestone as we look ahead and prepare for an exciting 2021-2022 season,” said Performing Arts Fort Worth President & CEO Dione Kennedy. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring back many of the shows that had been scheduled prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as add a new show into the mix. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back to Bass Hall this fall, and our top priority is providing a safe environment to enjoy live theater together again. We will continue to follow CDC and industry health and safety guidelines as we refine our reopening plans with leaders in science, technology, and medicine. Our goal is to be able to present full-capacity performances by the time our Broadway season starts in October.”

Performing Arts Fort Worth is currently in conversations with other local arts organizations to plan reduced capacity, socially distanced performances in Bass Hall this summer in preparation for the new season starting this fall. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

To view the latest health and safety protocols that will be in place when Bass Hall reopens, please visit www.basshall.com/reopeningplans. Performing Arts Fort Worth will continue to update and adjust Bass Hall’s reopening plan protocols as COVID-19 guidelines evolve.

Broadway at the Bass six-show season ticket packages start at $231. A four-installment payment plan is also available to both renewing and new season ticket holders. Season tickets can be renewed through June 21, and new season tickets can be purchased beginning July 15, online at www.basshall.com and by phone at 817-212-4450. The Performing Arts Fort Worth box office continues to work remotely. Renewing or joining the waitlist online is the quickest and easiest way to secure season tickets.

Tickets to individual shows in the 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass season are not available for purchase at this time. On-sale dates for individual tickets will be announced at a later date.

The 2021-2022 BROADWAY AT THE BASS SEASON

COME FROM AWAY – October 19-24, 2021

CATS – November 16-21, 2021

DEAR EVAN HANSEN – January 4-9, 2022

HAMILTON – January 18-February 6, 2022 (season add-on)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! – June 21-26, 2022

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – July 12-17, 2022

MEAN GIRLS – July 26-31, 2022

Disney’s THE LION KING (returning in the 2022-2023 Broadway at the Bass season)

For additional show information, please visit www.basshall.com.

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Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, announced today that the two remaining shows on the current Broadway at the Bass season have been cancelled due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the Touring Broadway industry. Engagements of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (July 27-Aug. 1, 2021) and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! (Aug. 10-15, 2021) have been cancelled. Performing Arts Fort Worth is working with the producers and booking agents to bring both shows back in the upcoming season.

No action is necessary for current ticket holders who purchased their tickets through the Bass Hall website, www.basshall.com, or Bass Hall Box Office. Emails have been sent to ticket holders with additional information. Those who purchased tickets through third parties will need to contact their points of purchase.

Performing Arts Fort Worth will announce the new 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass season in early May. The lineup will feature many of the touring productions that were previously scheduled prior to COVID-19, as well as a newly added hit show direct from Broadway. The new season will also include the Fort Worth premiere engagement of HAMILTON that was rescheduled to Jan. 18-Feb. 6, 2022, due to the pandemic.

“While we are saddened to announce the final two cancellations from what would have been our 2020-2021 Broadway at the Bass season, we look toward the future with hope and optimism,” said Performing Arts Fort Worth President & CEO Dione Kennedy. “With positive news and daily progress on the vaccine front, our industry is hopeful that Touring Broadway shows will be able to resume later this year,” Kennedy added. “We’re working through finalizing the details now for our upcoming 2021-2022 Broadway season and we’re excited to unveil that lineup later this spring.” 

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Performing Arts Fort Worth announces additional programming cancelations and phased reopening plan. New online Technical Theater courses are now available.  

Performing Arts Fort Worth, the non-profit owner and operator of Bass Performance Hall, announced today that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the Broadway at the Bass engagement of Jimmy Buffett’s ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE that had been rescheduled to April 6-11, 2021, has now been cancelled. Additionally, the Suzy Bogguss performance scheduled for May 15, 2021, at McDavid Studio has also been cancelled.

No action is necessary for current ticket holders who purchased their tickets through the Bass Hall website, www.basshall.com, or Bass Hall Box Office. Emails have been sent to ticket holders with additional information. Those who purchased tickets through third parties will need to contact their points of purchase.

Current Broadway at the Bass engagements of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (July 27-Aug. 1, 2021) and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! (Aug. 10-15, 2021) remain as scheduled. For a complete listing of current and cancelled Broadway tours, please visit www.basshall.com/broadwaycovid19.

Additionally, Performing Arts Fort Worth announced today a phased reopening plan for early 2021 that sees a hybrid of streaming opportunities and limited capacity, socially distanced general admission performances, with the goal of full capacity performances later in 2021.

While additional details on the phased reopening plan will be announced at a later date, the current timeline is as follows:

January-February 2021 – Bass Performance Hall complex remains closed.
March 2021 – Limited on-stage streaming/recording opportunities in Bass Hall without audiences.
April-May 2021 – Select limited capacity performances up to 100 ticketed patrons with general admission, socially distanced seating.
June 2021 and beyond will be announced at a later date with 2021-2022 season planning moving forward as scheduled.
*This phased reopening plan is subject to change based on local market conditions around COVID-19.

“The Executive Committee of our Board of Directors recently met and approved this phased reopening plan that establishes a timeline we will work from to safely reopen Bass Performance Hall,” said Dione Kennedy, president and CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth, Inc. “As the owner and operator, we have a social responsibility to be a community partner in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve of this pandemic,” Kennedy added. “Additionally, we have a personal responsibility to protect the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, patrons and tenants. We look forward to working with our resident companies and other local organizations as we work toward limited capacity performances in the second quarter of 2021.”

While the current Broadway at the Bass season continues to see cancellations due to the ongoing COVID-19 impact on Broadway and the Touring Broadway industry, Performing Arts Fort Worth also announced today the launch of the Online High School Technical Theater Course that will take students on a backstage exploration as they learn various aspects of technical theater including lighting, sound, and stage management. Production experts will provide a unique look behind the scenes of Bass Performance Hall and offer a chance to see what happens when the curtain rises.

“While COVID-19 continues to delay the timeline for when Broadway and Touring Broadway shows are able to resume, we are excited to provide this online educational opportunity that has been a part of our annual Children’s Education Program’s Summer Camps prior to COVID-19,” Kennedy said. “Our education, production and marketing teams have been hard at work getting this online program ready for area students, teachers and anyone interested in the technical aspects of our industry. The beauty of making this available as an Online Technical Theater Course is that participants can set their own timeline for viewing and going through this educational process.”

Registration for Performing Arts Fort Worth’s Children’s Education Program’s Online High School Technical Theater Course is now live. Please visit www.basshall.com/techcourseregistration for additional information.

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