Date: Saturday (8/26) – Sunday (9/24)
Place: Stage West
Stage West will premiere The Royal Society of Antarctica by Mat Smart Saturday, Aug. 26 at 8:00, and the production will run through Sunday, Sept. 24. Stage West would like to make all attendees aware that this show contains some strong language.
Mat Smart, the playwright, often writes about his hometown Naperville, Illinois and his travels across all the states and continents.
The Royal Society of Antarctica was inspired by his three-month stint working as a janitor at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, and won the 2015 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Work in Chicago.
The play follows Dee, the only person ever to have been born at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, who lost her mother during a white-out. Dee now works as a janitor on “The Ice,” hoping to learn something, anything about herself, about her mother. But she learns that sometimes answers are only met with more questions.
An opening night reception will follow the Saturday, Aug. 26, performance.
Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. with Friday and Saturday tickets at $35 and Thursday and Sunday tickets at $31. There will be discounts for seniors, students and members of the military.
Additionally, food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances with a reservation, which can be made through the Box Office by calling (817) 784-9378 or visiting www.stagewest.org.
The Royal Society of Antarctica will be directed by Lee Trull, the director of New Play Development at the Dallas Theater Center. Seven of the cast are actors making their Stage West debuts including Grace Montie, Drew Wall and Michael Federico, Christopher Dontrell Piper, Kelly Stewart, Christopher Lew and Ruben Carrazana. The last cast member is Stage West’s Executive Producer Dana Schultes.
Set Design will be done by N. Ryan McBride, lighting design by Aaron Johansen, costume design by Aaron Patrick DeClerk and sound design by Kellen Voss. Choreography will be handled by Kelsey Milbourn, with props/set décor taken care of by Lynn Lovett.
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