Stepping Out

LA Stage Company's new season includes West Coast, South Bay premieres

Los Altos Stage Company recently unveiled its 25th anniversary season, scheduled to run September through June at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The 2019-2020 season features five productions.

The season begins with the West Coast premiere of Joshua Harmon’s “Admissions,” a new satire that explores the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America. Bill and Sherri – the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions at a New England prep school – have worked for years to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their son’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family’s reaction exposes a deep rift between their public values and private decisions. Winner of the 2018 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play, “Admissions” is set to run Sept. 5-29.

Just in time for the holidays, Los Altos Stage Company presents “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play.” The holiday classic is retold in the tradition of a live 1940s-era radio broadcast, including live on-stage sound effects, advertisements and popular holiday music. A man calling himself Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade and soon appears regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. “Miracle” is slated to run Nov. 21 through Dec. 22.

Next up is the South Bay premiere of “Oslo,” the 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Play. It tells the true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships and quiet heroics that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians. Many historians consider the moment Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands on the South Lawn of the White House iconic. But how did such high-profile negotiations come to be held secretly in a castle in the middle of a forest outside Oslo, Norway? J.T. Rogers presents his personal story about the individuals behind world history and their all-too-human ambitions. “Oslo” is slated to run Jan. 23 through Feb. 16.

In celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday, Los Altos Stage Company presents “Sunday in the Park with George.” Created by Sondheim and James La- pine, the musical was inspired by Georges Seurat’s famous painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” It begins with the story of George and his model and lover Dot. As George struggles to find his artistic voice, he becomes more and more distant from the one woman who truly sees him for who he is. A century later, George and Dot’s descendants grapple with the same issues of artistic ingenuity. Melodic and heartbreaking music, poetic lyrics and quick, jaunty wit reveal universal truths about the nature of art, love and passion. “Sunday” is scheduled to run April 19 through May 10.

Los Altos Stage Company closes the season with Robert Harling’s celebrated Southern classic of family and friendship, “Steel Magnolias.” The drama, adapted for the screen, centers on a group of strong, beautiful women who have a standing Saturday appointment (including a fair amount of verbal ribbing) at Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in Chinquapin, La. The group includes Shelby, who moves from wedding to childbirth to medical complications with a love of life and a willingness to bravely face its possibilities. “Magnolias” is set to run June 4-28.

Season subscriptions are $100-$170; individual tickets are also available.

For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

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