Stepping Out

'Admissions' ending

Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Admissions” includes, from left, Quincy Shaindlin as Charlie, Kristen Walker as Sherri and Michael Champlin as Bill.

The Los Altos Stage Company’s West Coast premiere of “Admissions,” a new play that explores the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America, is set to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Joshua Harmon’s creation won the 2018 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Play.

The drama 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 last 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. He also chose the show to be part of the company’s 25th season.

Landis 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.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $20-$38.

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

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