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For the first time in several years, Theatre West plans a full subscription season. Founded 47 years ago with objectives that included providing a laboratory situation where acting, writing and directing could be perfected, most of the material included in the new season consists of selections developed through this process. The roster includes new and exciting works of an experimental nature, as well as the loving reconsideration of established material with an eye to enhanced performances. The Season producer ia  Jill Jones and  Theatre West executive director is John Gallogly. The new season schedule follows:

August 28-September 27, 2009 “Gaslight” Written by Patrick Hamilton. Produced and directed by Charlie Mount. Theatre West presents a Chestnuts Production. The longest-running drama in Broadway history is a thriller set in London in 1880. A man in pursuit of a treasure attempts to drive his wife insane. Will the detective on his trail stop his fiendish plan in time? Featuring Emily Bridges, John Cygan, Neil Elliot, Mary Garripoli and Corinne Shor.

October 16-November 29, 2009 “Sally Spectre the Musical, A Children’s Horror Story for Adults” Book, music and lyrics by David P. Johnson. Directed by David P. Johnson. Presented by Theatre West in conjunction with News of Spite Productions. Sally, the ghost of a Victorian-Era five-year-old girl, is too young to comprehend the complications of her ghostly purgatory. She sings and dances her way through this irreverent musical with her colorful friends as she tries to move on towards a better afterlife. To do that, Sally needs to control her fears while withstanding a few visits from the lively characters in her self-contained netherworld. World Premiere.

Winter: dates to be announced: WestFest A festival of new works, ranging from the ground-breaking and experimental to new twists on the classics. A bonus attraction in the season, for the adventurous theatergoer. Each week of WestFest will present new and different programming.

February 12-March 21, 2010 “The Price” Written by Arthur Miller. Directed by Stu Berg. Two long-estranged brothers return to the family home after their father’s death, sure that they are now mature enough to get along together and complete their task, dividing up the family’s possessions. But even with the help of a pragmatic, good-humored 89-year-old Lithuanian used-furniture dealer who leads them toward a degree of mutual understanding, they renew their past antagonisms. Featuring Cal Bartlett, Marvin Kaplan, Don Moss and Dianne Travis.

April 9 through May 16, 2010 “The Life and Times of A. Einstein” Written and performed by Kres Mersky. Directed by Paul Gersten. Produced by Jill Jones. Saturday and Sunday evenings. A comedy about a day in the life of Einstein as seen through the eyes of his secretary. A hilarious and touching portrait of this Einstein loyalist and a humanizing look into the great thinker’s life as seen through the people around them. Running in repertory with:
“Acting: The First Six Lessons” Adapted and performed by Beau Bridges and Emily Bridges, Based on a book by Richard Boleslavsky. Friday evenings and Sunday matinees. Beau Bridges, one of Theatre West’s most famous members (winner of three Emmy ® Awards and two Golden Globes) teams up with 22-year-old daughter Emily Bridges in this stage version of Boleslavsky’s 1933 narrative about a dedicated acting teacher who, in instructing a young actress in her craft, gives her valuable lessons for living, as well. World Premiere.

June 4-July 11, 2010 “The Socialization of Ruthie Shapiro” Written by Barbara Nell Beery. Directed by Susan Morgenstern. Produced by Charlie Mount. In this amusing and touching reflection about those challenging preteen years, our adult heroine is on a mission—-to uncover the 12-year-old girl she used to be and rediscover her authentic self. With her mother and brother as guides as well as an unlikely friend—-a gawky, hilarious too-tall girl from Texas—Ruth’s journey in this poignant and funny play touches on our deepest themes in life: desire, betrayal, regret and most important of all, loss of innocence. World Premiere.

Individual ticket prices will vary from show to show, except for Student tickets (under age 25 with I.D.), which are always $5. Season passes, which are outstanding bargains, are available beginning July 1, 2008 in two separate tiers:
Platinum Opening Night Season Pass: Opening night ticket to all, six productions; Invitation to Cast and Crew Opening Night Reception; Bonus : pick your choice of any West Fest Evening. Premium tickets (first four center rows) $150. General admission $125. Seniors $100.

Gold Season Pass: Your choice of evening or matinee tickets to all six productions, except Opening Nights. Premium tickets (first four center rows) $125. General admission $99. Seniors $80.  Season Pass subscribers will receive one free entry in the theatre’s fall raffle, which offers a grand prize of a trip to Europe.

Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, CA 90068. This is close to Universal City, North Hollywood and Studio City. There is free parking in a lot across the street. Ticket reservation line is (323) 851-7977. Tickets can also be purchased at

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