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