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Photos: First Look at INTO THE BREECHES! at Stage West

Armed with her husband’s approval and his notes, Maggie is ready to go forward—but first she must convince the theatre’s Board President that she can succeed.

Stage West will present George Brant's hilarious Into the Breeches!, which begins a 4-week regional premiere run on Thursday, June 9. It's 1942, and Maggie Dalton has a problem. Her husband, the director of the Oberon Playhouse, had planned to present Shakespeare's famous Henry trilogy in the coming season. Unfortunately, he and all the leading men are off at war. Can Maggie somehow keep calm and carry on, or will she have to cancel the season?

Get a first look at photos below!

Armed with her husband's approval and his notes, Maggie is ready to go forward-but first she must convince the theatre's Board President that she can succeed. Even with Board approval, the path is fraught with difficulties. She must contend with a temperamental leading lady, some inexperienced younger actors with their own ideas, and a couple of unexpected late additions to the cast. Can they all rise to the occasion and do the Bard justice? Audiences will have a ball finding out! This hilarious and heartwarming comedy is the perfect summer entertainment.

It should be noted that the playwright originally set the play in Providence, RI, but he suggests that any producing company would be welcome to change the location to reflect the wartime experience in their own area. Per that suggestion, Stage West will be setting the play in Fort Worth.

Into the Breeches! will be directed by Joanne Zipay, recently returned to Dallas, and the founder of Judith Shakespeare Company in New York. The cast features Stage West's Dana Schultes, seen this season in On the Exhale, as Maggie Dalton, and Stage West's Mark Shum, last on our stage as Dr. Watson in Holmes and Watson, as Stuart Lasker. The temperamental Celeste Fielding will be played by Emily Scott Banks, who directed our season opener JQA, with Bradley Campbell, last at Stage West as the voice of Everett Dirksen in Are You Now or Have You Ever Been..., as Ellsworth Snow. Sky Williams, just seen as Four in Stage West's What to Send Up When It Goes Down, will play Ida Green. And making their Stage West debuts will be Laurel Lynn Collins as Winifred Snow, Amber Rossi as June Bennett, and Laura Lyman Payne as Grace Richards.

And in keeping with the spirit of the show, the creative team for this production are all women and non-binary artists. Set design is by Clare Floyd DeVries, with lighting design by Jessica Ann Drayton, costume design by Laurie Land, sound design by Rayven Harris, fight choreography by Kelsey Milbourn, and props and set décor by Lynn Lovett.

Into the Breeches! will preview Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 and Friday, June 10 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, July 3. The opening night reception will be after the performance on Saturday, June 11. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00. All Sunday performances are Safe Sundays, with proof of vaccination required. Masks are optional at this time. Ticket prices are $40 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $45 on Saturdays and Sundays, with $20 tickets for the two preview performances. 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 website, www.stagewest.org.

Photo credit: Evan Michael Woods

Photos: First Look at INTO THE BREECHES! at Stage West
Standing: Mark Shum, Sky Williams, Emily Scott Banks, Laurel Lynn Collins, Bradley Campbell, and seated: Amber Rossi, Dana Schultes, Laura Lyman Payne

Photos: First Look at INTO THE BREECHES! at Stage West
Standing: Emily Scott Banks, Mark Shum, Dana Schultes, Bradley Campbell, Sky Williams, and kneeling: Laurel Lynn Collins, Laura Lyman Payne, Amber Rossi

Photos: First Look at INTO THE BREECHES! at Stage West
Standing: Bradley Campbell, Laura Lyman Payne, Amber Rossi, Sky Williams, and seated: Laurel Lynn Collins, Dana Schultes, Emily Scott Banks, Mark Shum



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