Stage West - Everything Will Be Fine
Performance: Sept 3 - 27, 2020, Thursday-Sunday evenings, 8:15PM
By: Zoe Kerr, choreographed by Kwame Lilly
Stage West is pleased to announce that it will be presenting Prism Movement
Theater's moving, unique, and socially-distanced dance/theater production
of Everything Will Be Fine from September 3-27.
Everything Will Be Fine, which had a highly successful, sold-out run in Dallas
in July, is about a woman learning how to deal with a new world and her well-meaning
(if slightly clueless) friends after experiencing an unthinkable loss. The piece,
which is told entirely with music and dance, moves the young woman and her friends
through the stage area, lit partly by flashing car lights, in this taut 45-minute
experience. As she learns to bring joy out of a tragic situation, we learn that
to accept our loss and embrace our present circumstances, we'll have to take it
one dance at a time. Stage West audiences should find it both moving and uplifting,
an unforgettable evening of theatre.
Dallas Art Beat called it ""ride or die live theatre," adding that it is "deftly
This remarkable 45-minute piece is presented as a spirited drive in theater
experience. Our ushers, staff and performers will be wearing masks and obeying
social distancing guidelines to ensure safety during the performance. The venue
will be a parking lot at Texas Wesleyan University (details on the lot will be
given to patrons at a later time), and the audience will be limited to 20 cars.
After entering the parking lot, patrons will be led to their assigned parking
spots, all spaced away from each other to encourage social distancing. Once
parked, they remain in their car as they tune in to a specific radio station
for announcements and music. Once the show is finished ushers will be available
to help guide guests out of the parking lot safely.
Everything Will Be Fine was written by Zoe Kerr, produced and co-directed by
Prism's Jeff Colangelo, and choreographed and co-directed by Kwame Lilly. The
cast stars Kelsey Milbourn, acclaimed in the title role in Stage West's Ada and
the Engine last February, along with Mitchell Stephens (seen at Stage West in
Beyond Therapy and Bedroom Farce), Ania Lyons, Lauren Floyd, Rai
Barnard, and Kwame Lilly.
Prism Movement Theater was founded by Jeff Colangelo and Katy Tye after meeting
and collaborating at Southern Methodist University. Jeff, a fight choreographer,
and Katy, an acrobat and dancer found that their particular movement aesthetics
could be combined to create entire narratives without using any words.
Prism Movement Theater aims to provide quality movement theater born of
ensemble-based work; emphasizing community outreach, education, and diversity
in our work.
Everything Will Be Fine will run Thursday through Sunday nights at 8:15 (the lot
will be open by 7:30) from September 3-27. Admission is $40 per car. There will
be no rest rooms available at the venue.
Dana Schultes, Executive Producer
Stage West - Pandemic Days Update
By: Dana Schultes, Executive Producer
The pandemic has made planning Stage West's future productions into an exercise
in patience! While the state included live theatres in Phase 3 of reopening,
there are a few hurdles that still have to be navigated. Here are some of the
1) Stage West is a union theatre and half of the performers in the plays are
members of Actors' Equity Association (AEA). That union has a moratorium in
place preventing members from working due to safety concerns.
2) Social Distancing within any performance space is pretty tough. Following
6-foot distancing, we are left with 24 of 144 seats in our Jerry Russell Theatre.
Our new flexible space should provide a little more distancing room though!
3) Producing at a reduced capacity of even 50% means productions finishing
Not at Home Nights - starting as soon as September!
During Not at Home Nights, our Lobby Café will hold two seatings, Thursday-Saturday
nights, for limited numbers of guests. Those dinner seatings will bookend a unique
entertainment each night. One evening may feature a singer or dancer, another
night a musician, and still another, a lively story teller or magician. The
limited number of tickets each night will mean plenty of room to enjoy a
socially-distanced evening out, paired with delicious food!
The progress on phase one is astonishing! Not only has the general contractor
been on task but the Stage West tech team has been assisting where possible by
framing out doorways, installing rehearsal hall flooring, and more! Even our
executive producer got into the spirit by power-hammering several panels of
stucco off to expose a beautiful original brick wall.
Using the same color palette selected for the Lobby Café, the phase one project
is looking fantastic! We can't wait to share it with you!
Virtually Stage West
Virtually Stage West was born from the desire to stay connected with our patrons,
support local artists, and continue to engage in creating entertainment. While
nothing can replace the feeling of joining together in live theatre, we wanted
to provide some escape...
Cork & Brush Parties. Ticket buyers will receive a box stocked
with art supplies (an optional bottle of wine may also be ordered) and then
join visual artist Jen Schultes (known to many Stage West fans as Stage West's
marketing director) as she guides a group through creating a gorgeous landscape
painting. Well-known staff members such as Dana Schultes and Mark Shum will join
in the fun, toasting the participants and sharing their own paintings. Cork &
Brush Parties are scheduled for Saturdays August 22 and 29 from 7pm-9pm, and
Sundays August 23 and 30 from 1pm-3pm, and are $50 per person (additional boxes
in the same family are $45), not including wine. Full details are available on
the website at https://stagewest.org/virtual/cork-and-brush-party-1.
Take 10: A Virtual Reading Series: features four 10 minute plays. Enjoy "live"
theatre at home, while supporting local theatre artists, many out of work due
Game Nights: Our Game Nights series offers unscripted goofiness from staff
members, as well as from cast members from Life Sucks and An Octoroon.
Westie Wednesdays! A short Q&A with each Stage West staff member featuring
questions ranging from the pertinent ("How did you get started in theatre?")
to the ridiculous ("What animal best describes your role at Stage West?"). We
are quite sure you could never guess our answers.
Music Mondays: freshen up your soundtrack and get to know the Stage Westies
with a weekly peek into what we're playing while we work from home.
Miss the Lobby Café? Every Tuesday check out Cooking with Pam and Cocktails &
Mocktails with Randi. Follow along step by step as Cafe Manager Pam Huie and
Chef Arturo Limon whip up some of your favorite dishes. Then treat yourself
to a delicious cocktail (or mocktail) with our long-time Lobby Cafe server,
Randi Proffitt Leyva!
What the Tech? If you ever asked yourself that question, or wondered what goes
on backstage, our Production Team is here to answer all your questions. Join our
Assistant Technical Director/Shop Foreman Karlee Perego, Master Carpenter Allen
Dean, Company Manager/Production Stage Manager Tiffany Cromwell, and Education
Stage Manager, Flower Avila as they introduce basic shop, stage makeup, and
costume mending skills.
Virtually Stage West is our way of staying connected until we can see you all
back in our home at Stage West.
or click the VIRTUAL EVENTS tab in the navigation bar on the Stage West website.
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 www.stagewest.org.
821 W. Vickery St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Metro (817) 784 - 9378 (STG - WEST)