AMERICAN BUFFALO



January 13th - February 19th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


by David Mamet
Directed by Katie Chidester

"Loyalty is fine, but this is business"

One of David Mamets most seminal works and winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play and the Obie Award for Best New Play. In a Chicago junk shop three small time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable "Buffalo nickel". These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three- Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing and "Teach", a violently paranoid braggart- is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.

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SUBTERFUGE



January 21st - February 18th
Saturdays and Sundays at 5PM


by Tiina Mittler
Directed by Andrea Freeman

"Truth is rarely pure and never simple."

Subterfuge weaves a story of loss and truth. After the sudden death of her husband, Laurel returns to the quiet Midwestern town of her youth to grieve. Seeking answers about her past and present, Laurel begins to uncover her family's secrets while her well-meaning mother tries to maintain the status quo. In search of comfort, Laurel renews her relationship with her childhood friend Laci and Laci's mother Grace. In the stillness of the present, Laurel looks to the past and discovers that some secrets are best left buried.


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PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE



March 2nd - April 8th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 2PM


by Steve Martin
Directed by Anthony Galleran

"Two geniuses walk into a bar…"


This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter Steve Martin plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness


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PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD



March 10th - April 7th
Saturdays and Sundays @ 5PM


by J.M. Synge
Directed by Elizabeth Serra

"There's a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed"


This savagely funny Irish classic was first produced in 1907 and was met with rioting and controversy when it premiered, sending shock waves across the dramatic world. Set in a small village in the west coast of County Mayo, The Playboy of the Western World is a lyrical comedy which tells the story of lonely dreamer Christy Mahon who wanders into a pub, claiming that he killed his father. Captivating the locals with his tale of bravery he becomes an instant hero but it turns out that there's an unexpected twist in his tale.


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UNRELENTING RELAXATION



April 20th - May 27th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


by Amanda DeMaio
Directed by Mike Martin

"...the most graceful and compelling anti-war piece I've ever seen" -- OC Weekly"

A bold original play written by STAGES own Amanda DeMaio, Unrelenting Relaxation has received rave reviews all over Orange County and Los Angeles. A powerhouse play about four European women forced into prostitution by the Japanese regime during World War II, and the doctor who tries to help them any way she can, even if it's just to help them die

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PURGATORIO



April 28th - May 26th
Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm


by Ariel Dorfman
Directed by Jeff Lowe

"Are there crimes for which there can be no forgiveness?"


A man and a woman enter a room. We see only a small bed, two chairs, and a table. Is it an asylum? A prison? Interrogation room? Questions are asked and answered. We feel we know the story. In this room, both the man and woman are faced with the truths of their lives. Playwright Ariel Dorfman puts before us the question of justice and forgiveness. Are there crimes for which there can be no forgiveness? If there is no forgiveness, how do we move on with our lives? PURGATORIO reacquaints us with the tragedy of Jason and Medea.

Perhaps no ancient tale has inspired more debate or provoked more horror. Through Dorfman's evocative language and keen understanding of humanity, we see the story anew through his crystalline lens. The play is a charged, poetic inquiry into human relationships that dangles the possibility of redemption just out of reach


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THE GREAT AMERICAN
TRAILER PARK MUSICAL

by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso
Directed Jack Millis

June 8th - July 29th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

"Trailer Park shines like aluminum siding"

Music & lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by Jack MillisThere's a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she's wreaking havoc all over Florida's most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew. Adultery, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades. Entertaining and tuneful, TRAILER PARK shines like aluminum siding.

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TWELVE ANGRY MEN



August 10th - September 16th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


by Reginald Rose
Directed by Joe Parrish

"He doesn't stand a chance"

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it—in tense scenes that will electrify the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats—add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature.


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HATE



August 18th - September 15th
Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm


by Joel Beers
Directed by Barney Evans

"An unvarnished look at intolerance and violence"

A powerful and gripping original work by Orange County playwright and theater critic Joel Beers. "Hate" takes place in Fullerton in early 2012. Two members of a white supremacist group based in Orange County have been picked up for questioning in the bombing of an Arab mosque. The incident has caught the attention of the FBI, which sends in a fast-rising Latina agent to determine whether the investigation should be taken over by the federal government as a domestic terrorism case. The play takes place in a city rocked by the police killing of a homeless man the year before, and reverberations of that incident echo throughout the play.


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THE TWILIGHT ZONE



September 28th - November 4th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


Created by Rod Serling
Directed by Darri Kristin & David Campos

"That's the signpost up ahead. Your next stop: The Twilight Zone."

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound... a dimension of sight... a dimension of mind. You are moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... The Twilight Zone.

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THE MEANING OF LIFE



October 6th - November 3rd
Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm


by David Macaray
Directed by Phil Brickey

"The bigger the questions, the weirder the answers"

Six strangers—four men and two women—stand in line outside an auditorium, awaiting the presentation of a lecture entitled, “The Meaning of Life.” During their wait, they become acquainted, share their life stories, and witness a fistfight, a budding romance, a debate, another fistfight, a shocking crime, and what can only be called an honest-to-God “miracle".


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O.C. IMPROV CUP



November 16th - November 18th

Created by Josh Nichols

There are no strangers, only friends who have yet to meet.

The Orange County Improv Cup is a two-day shortform improv tournament that will be held at STAGEStheatre. The best improvisers in the greater Orange County area will be competing for prizes and ultimate bragging rights.

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IT"S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A RADIO PLAY



November 30th - December 30th
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


Adapted by Joe Landry
Directed by Amanda DeMaio

"One of the best holiday shows around. This is a fresh and inventive way of reconnecting with a classic story of love and redemption."

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.


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