StageWest Theatre brings story of 1950s Hasidic Jewish Community to Des Moines

Top Quote "My Name is Asher Lev" is one of two final productions for StageWest Theatre Company's 2014-2015 season. Next season productions to be announced at the annual Fool's Ball. End Quote
  • Des Moines, IA (1888PressRelease) March 14, 2015 - My Names is Asher Lev, the story about a Jewish painter torn between upbringing and need to fulfill his artistic promise, will open on Friday March 20 at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club. This is the first of the two final productions this year by the StageWest Theatre Company. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will open May 8.

    For nearly two decades, Des Moines' StageWest Theatre Company has been renowned for offering progressive, contemporary, live theatre, often tackling controversial subjects that prompt its audience to question its own understanding or perspectives.

    Compared to other theater options in Des Moines, StageWest has built its "modern edge" reputation by producing unique, thought-provoking stories and featuring some of the most talented cast members in the region. Among the most memorable productions performed at StageWest were Avenue Q, The Laramie Project, Angels in America, Venus In Fur, The History Boys, and more.

    "We're proud of the fact that many people liken StageWest to several large market theatres such as Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater, Kansas City's Unicorn Theatre and Minneapolis' The Jungle Theatre", says Todd Buchacker, producing artistic director at StageWest. "It speaks to the quality of acting you will encounter at StageWest… and you don't need to pay much or drive far to get it." In two weeks, StageWest plans to announce its 2015 - 2016 schedule, which is anticipated to be one of the best seasons ever.

    Looking past the current season however, there are many opportunities and challenges for the theatre company accompanied with the rapid growth of the Des Moines metro area. "A larger populace means more chances to introduce StageWest theatre to new people, which is great, not only for us, but the local Art community as a whole", explains Buchacker.

    Yet with that growth comes more competition for entertainment dollars (sports, festivals, concerts, etc.) and a need to invest more in marketing in order to create awareness of shows. StageWest is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations and show attendance drives a significant share of StageWest's operating budget. "It's a struggle for non-profit organizations to offer low-cost, quality entertainment while competing against large marketing dollars from high-priced ticket events", Buchacker says. "Most Iowans recognize the important role the local theatre plays in our quality of life. To maintain that standard requires donors - new and existing - to contribute."

    StageWest will be hosting its largest fundraising event of the year on Friday, March 27 - the 6th Annual Fool's Ball, taking place at the Sticks Design Studio - 3631 SW 61st St. in Des Moines. Proceeds earned through this event will directly support StageWest Theatre.

    "Whether you are a regular attender of live theatre or never attend at all, supporting StageWest Theatre Company is a wonderful way to demonstrate your belief in Des Moines' Arts Community. Even the smallest of donations can make a lasting impact", suggests Buchacker. To learn more information StageWest, upcoming shows, Fool's Ball or to donate, please visit

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