Evan Michael Woods
Stage West - The Father, a Tragic Farce
Performance: April 6 through 28, 2019
By: Florian Zeller and translated by Christopher Hampton
80-year-old Andre is feeling puzzled. Lately, some very odd things have been
happening, and he would like to get to the bottom of it all, in Florian Zeller's
award-winning The Father, translated by Christopher Hampton, which will begin a
4-week regional premiere run at Stage West on Thursday, April 4.
Andre is a strong-minded, but charming, Parisian, who loves living on his own
in his apartment. He's a retired engineer-or was he a tap dancer? He's sure
his daughter Anne is moving to London to live with Pierre, the new man in her
life-except now it seems she's already married him and is staying in Paris--?
Why does his other daughter, Elise, never call? And who are these strangers
appearing in his apartment? It's disconcerting, but he's sure he can get
things back on track, if only the furniture would quit disappearing. And his
This multi-award-winning play is an ingeniously off-kilter and profoundly
theatrical portrayal of family, obligation, and aging, and it should not be
missed. Starring long-time local favorite David Coffee as Andre.
Time Out called it "A searingly honest, admirably empathetic piece of work."
Florian Zeller is a French novelist and playwright whose work has been
translated into several languages. He wrote his first novel Neiges artificielles
(Artificial Snow) when he was twenty-two years old. He has fast become one of
France's most well-known contemporary playwrights and has written five acclaimed
novels and eleven plays, including L'autre (2004), Le Manège (2005), Si TuM ourais
(2006, Prix Jeune Théâtre of the Académie française), Elle T'attend (2008), La Mère
(2010, Molière Award), La Vérité (2011), Le Père (2012, Molière Award, Prix du
Brigadier), Une Heure De Tranquillité (2013), Le Mensonge (2015), L'envers Du
Décor (2016), and Avant De S'envoler (2016). He won the prestigious Prix Interallié
in 2004 for his novel "La Fascination du Pire (Fascination of Evil)" and several
Molière Awards (France's highest theatrical honor) for his Plays La Mère (The Mother)
and Le Père (The Father). Most of Florian Zeller plays are being optioned and
performed all over the world. Une Heure De Tranquillité (A Bit Of Peace And Quiet)
became a movie directed by Patrice Leconte. Le Père (The Father) was nominated
for Best New Play at the 2016 Olivier Awards and also received two nominations
for the 2016 Tony Awards: Best Play and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading
Role (Frank Langella). Florian Zeller lives in Paris, and is married to the
actress and sculptor Marine Delterme.
Christopher Hampton's plays and musicals have so far garnered four Tony Awards,
three Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards, and the New York Drama Critics'
Circle Award; prizes for his film and television work include an Oscar, two BAFTAs,
a Writers' Guild of America Award, the Prix Italia, a Special Jury Award at the
Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood Screenwriter of the Year, and The Collateral
Award at the Venice Film Festival for Best Literary Adaptation. Original plays:
Appomattox, The Talking Cure, White Chameleon, Tales from Hollywood, Treats,
Savages, The Philanthropist, Total Eclipse, and When Did You Last See My Mother?
Adaptations from novels: Youth Without God (Horváth), Embers (Márai), and Les
Liasons Dangereuses (Laclos). Musicals: Stephen Ward, Dracula: The Musical, and
Sunset Boulevard. Translations include plays by Chekhov, Ibsen, Molière,
Horváth, Yasmina Reza, and Florian Zeller. Films include: Ali and Nino, A
Dangerous Method, Chéri, Atonement, The Quiet American, Dangerous Liaisons,
The Good Father, The Honorary Consul, Total Eclipse, Mary Reilly, Tales from
The Vienna Woods, and A Doll's House. He wrote and directed Imagining Argentina,
The Secret Agent, and Carrington. Television includes The Thirteenth Tale, The
Ginger Tree, Hôtel Du Lac, The History Man, and Able's Will.
The Father will be directed by Kitchen Dog Theater Co-Artistic Director Tina
Parker. The cast features beloved local actor David Coffee, who recently
completed his 25th year as Ebenezer Scrooge for North Shore Music Theatre,
in the role of Andre. The remaining cast members are all new to Stage West.
Daughter Anne will be played by Jessica D. Turner, recently seen as Ella's
Mother/Dame Olga in the Dallas Children's Theater production of Ella Enchanted,
with Cameron Cobb, co-author of Kitchen Dog Theater's POMPEII!!, as fiancé Pierre.
Caregiver Laura will be played by Jo-Jo Steine, recently seen as Reza in Once at
Theatre Three. Karen Parrish, applauded for her work as Darja in Kitchen Dog's
Ironbound, will be seen as Woman, with Ira Steck who played Charles in Blithe
Spirit for Theatre Arlington, as Man.
Set design is by Bob Lavallee, with lighting design by Lisa Miller, costume
design by Melissa Panzarello, sound design by Marco Salinas, and props/set
decor by Lynn Lovett.
The Father will preview Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 and Friday, April 5 at 8:00,
and will run through Sunday, April 28. 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
Post-show conversations for The Father will be as follows:
Sunday, April 7 - speaker is Jaime Cobb, Vice-President of Caregiver Education,
James L. West Center
Sunday, April 14 - speakers are Michelle Holton, RN and Tami Rush, RN
Sunday, April 28 - speaker is director Tina Hall
STAGE WEST ANNOUNCES 2018 - 2019 SEASON
Stage West is pleased to announces the lineup for its 40th season! The new
season will offer six plays plus two season extras, and patrons purchasing
season tickets before October 1 will be offered a discount on the season
extras. It's an exciting mix of shows, featuring seven regional premieres.
Here it is:
A Doll's House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath
October 25 - November 25, 2018
In 1879, Nora Helmer walked out the door, leaving her husband and children
and societal constraints behind her, instantly propelling world drama into
the modern age. Now, 15 years later, there is a knock at that same door
[needs comma here] as the squirrel returns to her cage with an incredibly
awkward favor to ask. In this bitingly funny and fascinating sequel to
Ibsen's revolutionary masterpiece, sparks fly and the past and present
collide in a taut theatrical showdown. Behind every door is a possibility,
and behind every ending is a new beginning.
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, by Tom Mula
Back by popular demand!
December 6 - 23, 2018
Condemned to a shackled eternity, Jacob Marley's spirit is given one chance to
change his fate and escape his eternal chains - by returning to the world he
scorned one Christmas Eve night to redeem his old business partner, Scrooge.
So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during
which Scrooge's heart is indeed opened, but not before Marley - in this
irreverent, funny, and moving tale - discovers his own in this delightful
twist on the iconic Dickens classic.
Everybody, by Branden Jacobs - Jenkins
December 27, 2018 - January 27, 2019
Everybody has come to the end of life, and so begins the revelatory and
mysterious journey towards what lies beyond. As relationships, memories,
and senses fade away, Everybody is left to travel down the road that leads
to the bittersweet truth that we all eventually must face. In this modern,
comedic, and heartfelt riff on the iconic medieval morality play, fate
decides the roles by lottery each night, so - as is true in life - Everybody
could be anybody. And in the end, when it's your time to go, what will you
leave behind and what will you take with you?
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been, by Carlyle Brown
February 14 - March 10
On the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent - Sub - Committee on
Investigations on Un - American Activities led by Senator Joseph McCarthy,
American writer Langston Hughes fitfully attempts to compose a poem. As
accusations whirl, censorships abound, and freedoms are called into question,
this inspired - by - true - events lyrical drama not only examines [more correctly
would be "examines not only... but also"] the tense yet necessary relationship
between art and politics, but also the emotional and deeply personal connection
between the artist and his craft in the face of oppressive power.
The Father, by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton
April 4 - 27, 2019
You can't fool 80 - year - old André - he's a man of his own mind. But there's
definitely something fishy going on. He's a retired tap dancer living with
his daughter and her husband, and... or, no wait, is he a retired engineer whose
daughter is visiting from London? And who are those people who keep turning
up in his flat, and where does his furniture keep disappearing to, and why is
he still in his pajamas? No, something's going on, and if he can just find his
watch, he'll get to the bottom of it.
Holmes and Watson, by Jeffrey Hatcher
May 30 - June 30, 2019
Three years after the mysterious death of beloved master sleuth Sherlock Holmes,
his loyal assistant Dr. John H. Watson is summoned to a remote asylum on a
rocky island to investigate three inmates who all claim to be the late
detective Holmes. In this riveting and stirring new puzzler, the trusty
Watson is drawn into a web of intrigue, suspicion, murder, and surprise
that finally reveals what really happened that fateful day between Sherlock
Holmes and his nemesis, Professor Moriarty.
Lungs, by Duncan Macmillan
July 25 - August 18, 2018
The world is getting hotter, there's unrest overseas - actually, the seas
themselves aren't very calm either - and in an IKEA, a man suggests to his
partner that they should have a child. What if it grows up to solve the world's
problems? What if it becomes a mass murderer? What about its carbon footprint?
They leave with nothing they went in for, but come out with a full set of
self - assembly dilemmas that they spend a life cycle trying to construct. They
want to have a child for the right reasons. But what are the right reasons?
First Date, Book by Austin Winsberg,
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
A co - production with Theatre TCU
September 12 - October 13, 2019
When tightly - wound Aaron is set up with laid - back Casey on a blind date, a
casual drink turns into an uproarious high - stakes dinner. As the date unfolds,
this mismatched pair's inner critics take on a life of their own, as other
patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and
protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice - breakers, appetizers,
and potential conversational land mines. The result is a gleefully awkward
evening, as these two romantics try to turn a dating disaster into something
special before the check arrives
Visit Stage West:
Season tickets will go on sale in mid - July, and will range in price from
$135 to $175. Subscribers purchasing season passes prior to October 1 may
purchase up to 2 tickets for the season extras at a discount.
For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784 - 9378. Tickets will be
available mid - July online at www.stagewest.org
821 W. Vickery St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Metro (817) 784 - 9378 (STG - WEST)