First Date, Book by Austin Winsberg
Amber Marie Flores and Seth Womack
Evan Michael Woods

Stage West - First Date

Performance: Sep 12 2019 to Oct 13 2019

Preview: Thursday Sept 12 at 7:30 Friday Sept 13 at 8:00

Book by: Austin Winsberg, Music & Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner

"Refreshing. A winning crowd pleaser delivered with comic verve & charm"
- The Hollywood Reporter

"I really love going on blind dates," said no one, ever. How does anyone work through all the expectations and baggage to form a real connection? That's the question at the heart of the funny and charming musical First Date, Book by Austin Winsberg, Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner. This absolute crowd-pleaser begins a 5-week run at Stage West, in a co-production with Theatre TCU, on Thursday, September 12.

Tightly wound Aaron has been set up on a date with the far more laid-back Casey. Despite some misgivings, they decide to move from the meet-up to having dinner. And that's where the fun really begins. The restaurant patrons morph into the couple's inner critics - supportive best friends, manipulative exes, protective parents, and others - and they proceed to bombard the pair with conflicting advice, singing and dancing them through drinks, appetizers, and various conversational land mines. It's a hilariously awkward evening which pretty much anyone can relate to, as these two romance-seekers try to turn a potential dating disaster into something special - and all before the check arrives.

Austin Winsberg is the book writer of the Broadway musical First Date. Austin is primarily a writer/producer for film and television. He recently adapted the live The Sound of Music television event, starring Carrie Underwood, for NBC. His other television credits include Gossip Girl, Jake in Progress (Creator/Executive Producer - youngest showrunner in ABC history), Wedding Album, Still Standing and Glory Days. Winsberg has written numerous television pilots for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Showtime and ABC Family. He has also written movies for New Line, Dreamworks Animation and Warner Bros. Winsberg graduated with a Theater Arts degree from Brown University. He continues to work in theater, directing and mentoring plays for the Blank Theater Company's Annual Young Playwright's Festival in Los Angeles.

Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner wrote the score for the Broadway musical First Date, which played on Broadway and has subsequently had over a hundred productions around the world. They are currently writing The Real Fairy Godmother, a new comedy TV series for ABC, starring Kristin Chenoweth. Recently, the duo penned all the songs for the critically acclaimed musical episode of ABC's fantasy series Once Upon A Time. Upcoming stage musicals include: 17 Again and 13 Going On 30. The team also wrote music and lyrics for a stage musical adaptation of the film Secondhand Lions (book: Rupert Holmes / producer: Warner Brothers). Zachary & Weiner had the honor of writing the script and songs for the hottest musical act in the world of Harry Potter, Celestina Warbeck & The Banshees, based on a character created by J.K. Rowling - currently playing at Universal Studios Orlando. The writing team has developed pilots, movies and songs for ABC, FOX, Disney Channel, VH1, Nickelodeon and Amazon Studios. Zachary & Weiner are recipients of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, presented by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz.

First Date will be directed by TCU Theatre Chair Harry Parker, who last directed at Stage West on An Act of God. TCU's Alan Shorter, who served as Musical Director for Stage West's 1981 production of Company, will handle the musical direction. The cast features Seth Womack, most recently seen as Jamie in The Last Five Years at WaterTower Theatre as Aaron, and Amber Marie Flores, recently seen as Sara Stewart Ellis in The Ballad of Little Jo at WaterTower Theatre. Randy Pearlman, just seen as Judge Turpin in Circle Theatre's Sweeney Todd, will play Casey's father and several other roles, and Brett Warner, seen as Sara in Murder Ballad for Imprint Theatreworks, will also play multiple roles, including Aaron's mother. The cast also includes TCU actors Collins Rush, seen as Doody in Grease at Maine State Music Theatre, Mary Burchill, who recently played Margaret White in Carrie The Musical at Casa Manana, and Lance Jewett, seen as Davey in Newsies at Starlight Mountain Theatre. All three will appear in multiple roles.

Set design is by Michelle Harvey, with lighting design by Amanda West, costume design by Aaron Patrick DeClerk, sound design by Mark Howard, movement choreography by Penny Ayn Maas, and props and set d├ęcor by Lynn Lovett.

First Date will preview Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 and Friday, September 13 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, October 13. 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 $38 to $45, 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,



Stage West is pleased to announces the lineup for its 41st season! The new season will offer six plays and patrons purchasing season tickets before June 30 will be offered an extra pass. It's an exciting mix of shows: all six are regional premieres, and one is a Pulitzer winner. Here it is:

The Lifespan of a Fact
Regional Premiere
by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
November 7 - December 8, 2019

Based on a True-ish Story.
At a prestigious magazine publication, a determined, young employee is about to be given an opportunity. The demanding editor-in-chief is giving him a big assignment: she wants him to fact check a groundbreaking piece by an illustrious, albeit unorthodox author. As the deadline approaches and the lines between accuracy and artistic license blur, boundaries are crossed and the high-stakes world of publishing becomes personal in this brand new comedy of conflict.

"Smart...rib-bustingly funny!" - The Wall Street Journal

Ada and the Engine
Regional Premiere
by Lauren Gunderson
January 9 - February 9, 2020

Meet the Woman Who Changed Technology. Young and curious mathematician Ada Byron is caught between two worlds. Her mother is pushing for a prestigious marriage to Lord Lovelace, hoping to repair the damage Ada's father, the late Lord Byron, imposed on the family name. But Ada sees the creative potential in the analytic engines created by her elder friend and scholar Charles Babbage. As pressures mount and feelings grow, these two form a partnership that will change the course of the future.

"Intriguing...the story is pretty irresistible." - San Francisco Chronicle

The Children
Regional Premiere
by Lucy Kirkwood
March 12 - April 12, 2020
Tony Nominee for Best New Play

Where Do Your Loyalties Lie?
In a seaside cottage on the east coast of England, a pair of retired nuclear scientists are startled by the reappearance of a former colleague. As crackers and wine are trotted out, so are remembered stories, old jealousies, and haunting secrets, all leading to the true reason for this sudden visit: a chilling and dangerous plan. The evening will be revelatory and the fallout will be cataclysmic. Brave, humane, and beautifully written, this play confronts the responsibility each generation must face for the way it leaves the world.

"Excellent...both human and humane, keeps you guessing" - Chicago Tribune

Church & State
Regional Premiere
by Jason Odell Williams
May 7 - June 7, 2020

The Separation of What Now?
Three days before his bid for re-election, in the wake of another school shooting, a Republican U.S. Senator has a life-altering crisis of faith, and makes an off-the-cuff comment that sends the entire campaign into a tailspin. His wife and campaign manager try to contain the damage, but in a country where religion influences politics and politics have become a religion, how do you reach the people and stay true to yourself? A timely and fast-paced story that is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

"Crackling... enjoyable, thought-provoking, and humorous. I wish every member of Congress would see it!" -NPR

Into the Breeches!
Regional Premiere
by George Brant
July 2 - August 2, 2020

The Show Must Go On!
It's 1942, and there's a problem at Oberon Playhouse - with the director and leading men all off at war, it looks like the season will be canceled. That is until a determined and passionate group of ladies rally the troops at home and set out to put on an all-female production of Shakespeare's Henry V. An increasingly unexpected team is assembled, with a hilariously desperate array of thoughts and ideas, but united in desire. This delightful and moving backstage comedy examines the power of art to bring us together, even in the hardest of times.

"Brilliant...fresh, witty and thoughtful...a total triumph." - Montgomery Advertiser

Between Riverside and Crazy
Regional Premiere
by Stephen Adly-Guirgis
August 27 - September 27, 2020
Pulitzer Prize Winner

House of Black and Blue.
Irrepressible ex-cop and recent widower Walter Washington is under a lot of pressure. He's in an ongoing legal battle, clinging desperately to grievances from the past. Barely holding on to the palatial rent-controlled Manhattan apartment that he shares with his newly paroled son and a ragtag surrogate family who call him "Pops", he is not ready to accept payout or surrender. But as tensions come to a head in a swirl of demands from family and friends, a final ultimatum from former NYPD colleagues causes "Pops" to draw the line and make some demands of his own.

"Dizzying...both utterly believable and not to be believed for a second." - The New York Times

Visit Stage West:

Season tickets will go on sale May 31, and will range in price from $87 for a 3-show value pass to $180 for a premium 6-show pass.
For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378. Tickets will be available by June 3 online at

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