The Western Stage Theater Company Announces 2019 Season

The Western Stage Announces 2019 Season

An invitation to join the “Quest”

tws 2019 season quest

SALINAS, Calif. – For its 45th season in 2019, The Western Stage has chosen the theme of Quest to embody its upcoming lineup of plays and musicals. Each of the selected titles chosen ties in with the journeys, the pursuits, and the missions we embark upon, searching for something beyond ourselves. They highlight people who have defied odds, found courage, and who have broken incredible barriers. They are about the quests chosen and those luring us forward. All six of these works explore the human desire to seek out and obtain what we hold most dear: truth, justice, knowledge, love, and meaning.

For the 2019 season, The Western Stage is proud to present:

The Miracle Worker

by William Gibson

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Studio Theater | June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 16, 21, 22

Through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, tutor Annie Sullivan breaks through Helen Keller’s walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate, bringing her into the world at last.

Little Women: The Broadway Musical

Book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

Mainstage Theater | June 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and July 6, 7, 12, 13

Filled with adventure, heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggles of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America.

Little Women is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Of Mice and Men, a musical drama

Adapted in 1958 by Ira J. Bilowit & Wilson Lehr

Based on the play by John Steinbeck

Music by Alfred Brooks, Lyrics by Ira J. Bilowit

Mainstage Theater | Aug. 24, 25, 30, 31 and Sept. 1, 7, 8, 13, 14 

A revival of a musical adaptation from 1958. It was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still resonates today.  It speaks to the condition of the homeless, powerless, and neglected people in a manner that compels us to look again at their plight. 

For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday

By Sarah Ruhl

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Studio Theater | Sept. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29

In the wake of their father’s death, five siblings reconnect with childhood dreams as the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old.

Men on Boats

By Jaclyn Backhaus

Studio Theater | Oct. 26, 27, Nov. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10

Inspired by John Wesley Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, told by a cast of women who infuse America’s historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext. Ten explorers, four boats and one Grand Canyon.

The Western Stage production of Evita

Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

EVITA is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP.

Mainstage Theater | Nov. 9, 10, 16 (GALA) 17, 23, 24, 29, 30 and Dec. 6, 7 

An ordinary woman’s meteoric rise to power. Eva Perón, a hero to the poor and the working class – and an enemy to the rich and powerful. Narrator and young revolutionary, Ché Guevara, reflects the voice of the people of Argentina who came to see Evita as the spiritual leader of their nation.


TICKETS AND INFO: $26 general admission; $24 for seniors and military; and $12 for children age 5 – 15. Hartnell students are free with student I.D. Other students $20 with I.D. or $5 Student Rush (cash only) on day of performance. For single or group tickets and information, go to or call 831-755-6816.

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