In Search of the Sublime

(L to R)  Mitchell Stephens, Garret Storms, Victoria
A. Cruz, Shyama Nithiananda, Galen Sho Sato, Olivia de Guzman, Kelsey Milbourn

(L to R) Mitchell Stephens, Garret Storms, Victoria A. Cruz, Shyama Nithiananda, Galen Sho Sato, Olivia de Guzman, Kelsey Milbourn

Evan Michael Woods

Stage West - In Search of the Sublime

Plays Feb 23 - Mar 21, 2021


Stage West to present new Moonrise Initiative piece, In Search of the Sublime

You’re on the run; you’re chasing a feeling - any feeling. You stop to catch your breath. Suddenly, you are on a stage, surrounded by four peculiar strangers and a cheeky announcer who are trying to conjure something...monumental. And they can’t do it without you. Stage West is pleased to present Moonrise Initiative’s utterly unique, online, interactive production of In Search of The Sublime, from February 23 through March 21.

You know those thrilling, perspective-bending experiences that leave you changed - the ones that clarify your mortality in the most profound and beautiful ways? Gather a collection of those. Then mix in movement, laughter, and suggestions from the online audience. Finally, add some truly excellent music, and join in as five performers weave together tales of humor, terror, and awe in a concerted effort to achieve The Sublime. Part-poem, part-story, part-something else altogether, this interactive live-online piece asks one question -- can you feel it?

Moonrise Initiative is a new endeavor which aims to provide innovative ensemble-based movement performance that seeks to offer solace, wonder, and escape. Their intent is to 1) advocate for bravery and inquiry by creating art that is relevant and celebrates the diversity that makes our world dimensional and whole, 2) galvanize artists and audiences by fostering an imaginative and accessible exchange of ideas that illuminate our shared humanity, and 3) pursue the craft of storytelling with integrity and curiosity by prioritizing safety, nurturing exploration, and encouraging quality and excellence.

In Search of the Sublime is written and directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni, and produced by Moonrise Initiative. The elements of the piece were created by the cast: Victoria A. Cruz, Olivia de Guzman, Kelsey Milbourn, Shyama Nithiananda, Galen Sho Sato, Mitchell Stephens and Garret Storms. Set design is by Allen Dean, costume design by Yvonne Johnson, sound design by Kellen Voss, and lighting design by Bryan Stevenson, with animations by Evan Michael Woods, Karry, Liu, and Jen Schultes, and videography by Richard Massey.

The Sublime will be live-streamed Thursday at 7:30, Friday/Saturday at 8:00, and Sunday at 3:00; the show will run a little under an hour. Special preview performances will be Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24, with the regular run Thursday, February 25 through Sunday, March 21. Streaming is $20 for each individual. A code for viewing will be sent to patrons an hour before performance on the day they choose to see. Patrons are encouraged to visit the FAQ page for the show at for viewing and participation recommendations. Patrons should also visit the website at for an optional list of items to gather to enhance their experience.

Using suggestions from the online audience, the cleansing power of running, and some truly excellent music, you join in weaving together tales of terror and awe in a concerted effort to achieve The Sublime. Part-poem, part-story, part-something else altogether, this interactive live-online experience asks one question - can you feel it?

NOTE: A list of objects to bring with you on your search for the sublime (Not strictly required, but definitely experience-enhancing)
  • A small stone. Orange if you can find it!
  • Your favorite beverage to order in a bar.---three little ones, or one big one.
  • An object that could not sustain your life, but that makes you happy every time you look at it
  • A mug or bowl of ice cubes and a small towel
  • An object that feels like home

Plays Feb 23-Mar 21.

In Search of the Sublime is presented virtually. Please purchase a ticket for each individual who will be viewing the performance.

Written and directed by:
Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Created by:
Victoria Cruz
Olivia de Guzman
Kelsey Milbourn
Shyama Nithiananda
Galen Sho Sato
Mitchell Stephens
Garret Storms


Visit Stage West:

Stage West is a highly-respected regional theatre operating under an S.P.T. agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the professional union of theatrical actors and stage managers in the United States. Founded in 1979, the organization's mission is to entertain, inspire, and challenge through great live theatre and to offer exceptional low-cost and/or free educational outreach services to the community at large. Stage West's staff works daily to broaden and intensify the theatrical experience for our patrons with consistently excellent acting, directing, and plays. Meticulous attention to creative detail, customer service, and a willingness to step outside of the box with new, thought-provoking material has led to consistent critical and audience-based praise for Stage West. Through all of this, the company nurtures the artistic growth of area actors, directors, designers, and playwrights by providing meaty material and a safe environment in which to explore.

Over the theatre's history, 265 shows, including 244 plays and 21 musicals, have been produced by the group. Stage West's typical season is comprised of a wide range of works including new, classic, and contemporary plays that reflect the national conversation and the human experience today.

In addition to on-stage offerings, Stage West also operates the Lobby Cafe which offers an assortment of delicious appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and hot meals for 90 minutes before each performance. Reservations are highly advised. While in the cafe, audiences are likely to dine next to creative team members who also frequent the restaurant before shows. Additionally, the Lobby Cafe walls display a new set of artists for each play as an added visual treat. Finally, Stage West is home to a wide variety of educational opportunities from weekly classes, to summer camps, to writing festivals for K-12 students and adults.

Stage West is a theatre for the whole community where diversity is celebrated and a shared humanity embraced. Come join us!

Dana Schultes, Executive Producer
Mark Shum, Managing Director
Tiffany Cromwell, Company Manager
Garret Storms, Associate Producer
Bryan Stevenson, Technical Director
Karlee Perego, Shop Manager/Assistant Technical Director
Jen Schultes, Marketing Director and Web Designer
Beth Bando Bontley, Education Director
Allen Dean, Master Carpenter
Tonya Wilson-Brown, Grant Writer
Suzi McLaughlin, Information
Karry Liu, Marketing Associate
Nick Burns, Sarah Cordell, Justin Rhoads, Production Box Office
Pam Huie, Café Manager
Arturo Limon, Café Chef

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