(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
CAN YOU FEEL IT?
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 www.stagewest.org/sublime-faq for
viewing and participation recommendations. Patrons should also visit the website at
www.stagewest.org/sublime-objects for an optional list of items to gather to enhance
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:
Olivia de Guzman
Galen Sho Sato
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
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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