By Duncan Macmillan
Where: Stage West
821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Metro (817) 784-9378 (STG-WEST)
Preview: Thursday July 25 at 7:30
Friday July 26 at 8:00
Regular Run: July 27 through August 18, 2019
Thursday evenings 7:30PM
Friday & Saturday evenings 8:00 PM
Sunday matinees 3:00 PM
Night Reception: Following the performance Saturday, July 27.
Ticket Prices: Preview tickets (1st two shows only): $17
$35 Fri and Sat nights
(Seniors 65+ and members of the military $29)
$31 Thurs nights and Sun matinees
(Seniors 65+ and members of the military $25)
Students/Under 30s $17
Stage West presents the regional premiere of Lungs, by Duncan Macmillan
(Fort Worth, TX)
It’s a seemingly innocuous question, posed in the checkout line at IKEA—“Do you want to have a baby?” This dilemma is at the heart of the funny and poignant play Lungs, by Duncan Macmillan, beginning a 4-week regional premiere run at Stage West on Thursday, July 25.
A thirty-something, educated and thoughtful couple are debating their future. In this time of overpopulation, erratic weather, and political unrest, what exactly are the right reasons to have a baby? And their debate becomes the catalyst for a love story that is both wildly universal and intimately personal. This flawed, but very human, couple winds their way through the lifespan of a relationship – the starts and stops, twists and turns – in this off-kilter story filled with humor, hope, change, betrayal, and ultimately, love.
The Toronto Star called it ” Dazzling…a beautifully crafted love story that is not only intensely personal but also poignantly universal. “
Duncan Macmillan’s credits include: People, Places and Things (2015-2017); 1984, adapted from George Orwell (2013-2017, co-adapted/co-directed with Rob Icke); Every Brilliant Thing (2013-2017); City Of Glass, adapted from Paul Auster (2017); 2071, co-written with Chris Rapley (2014-2015); The Forbidden Zone (2014-2016); Wunschloses Unglück, adapted from Peter Handke (2014); Reise Durch Die Nacht, adapted from Friederike Mayröcker (2012-2014); Lungs (2011-2016); and Monster (2006).
Lungs will be directed by Carson McCain, who most recently directed Empathitrax at Second Thought Theatre. The cast features Ruben Carrazana, most recently seen as Abel in Fade at the Dallas Theater Center, and Dani Nelson, seen as Ophelia in Hamlet at Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater.
Set design is by Clare Floyd DeVries, with lighting design by Jared Land, costume design by Evan Michael Woods, and sound design by Preston Gray.
Lungs will preview Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 and Friday, July 26 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, August 18. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00. Ticket prices range from $31 to $35, with discounts for the preview performance, and for students, seniors, and military. Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised). Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org.
Stage West Theatre is installing an assisted listening device system to elevate the theatre-going experience for patrons with hearing difficulties.
The system will be available for the first preview of “Lungs” by Duncan Macmillan at Stage West’s Main Stage on July 25.
Annie and John Mason gifted the theatre 16 receivers and headphones to make the system possible. Additional t-coil neck loops are also available.
The system will be made available at Stage West’s second theater space, Studio, once the upcoming renovations to the venue are completed.
Audience members can reserve their preferred devices in advance or request from the box office upon arrival.
“There aren’t enough words to express how grateful we are to be able to offer this system to the hearing-impaired public,” said Dana Schultes, Stage West’s executive producer. “Our patrons mean so much to all of us. Every chance to increase their comfort and enjoyment while at the theatre is a delight,”