Stepping Out

'Admissions' opens at Bus Barn Theater

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The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Admissions” includes, from left, Quincy Shaindlin as Charlie, Kristen Walter as Sherri and Michael Champlin as Bill.

Los Altos Stage Company kicks off its 2019-2020 season with the West Coast premiere of “Admissions,” a new play that explores the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America.

“Admissions” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through Sept. 29 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Joshua Harmon’s creation won the 2018 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play. It follows Bill and Sherri, the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions, respectively, at Hillcrest, a mid-tier New Hampshire boarding school. Over the past 15 years, they’ve worked to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family’s reaction blasts open a deep rift between their public values and private decisions.

Gary Landis, Los Altos Stage Company’s executive artistic director, helms the production and chose the show to be part of the 25th season. He is joined on the creative team by scenic designer Seafus Smith, costume designer Lisa Claybaugh, lighting designer Justin Buchs, sound designer Ken Kilen and properties designer Phyllis E. Garland.

The cast includes Michael Champlin, Marjorie Hazeltine, Judith Miller, Quincy Shaindlin and Kristen Walter.

Thursday’s preview is set to start at 8 p.m., as is Friday’s opening show, with gala to follow. Future performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays.

Tickets are $20-$38.

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

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