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Like a Billion Likes
Delaney Milbourn, Evan Michael Woods, and Mikaela Krantz
photo by Nat Chittamai

Like a Billion Likes

Performance: January 20 through February 11, 2018
Opening Night Reception: Following the performance Saturday, January 20, 2018
By: Erik Forrest Jackson

TRENDING...
Stage West presents the world premiere of Like a Billion Likes, by Erik Forrest Jackson.

An insecure, desperate-for-attention high school girl, and the fleeting fame of social media: what could go wrong there? Plenty, in Erik Forrest Jackson's darkly funny and pointed Like a Billion Likes (winner of Stage West's 2016 Southwest Playwriting Competition), beginning a 4-week world premiere run on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Misty Riggs is a nobody. Not a popular kid, not a freak, not a nerd. She and her best friend Alix are kind of somewhere in the middle. Alix seems to have accepted this, but Misty just can't-anything would be better than being ignored. Her attempts at statement clothing, and then at vlogging, are failures. She doesn't want advice from school principal Perry Segars or guidance counselor Colleen Benson (Alix's mother). When Alix begins a relationship with the gender-nonconforming Jacey Collier - whom both girls had thought was gay - Misty feels completely alone. She decides to leverage social media for one last desperate attempt to stand out, with potentially disastrous consequences. Like a Billion Likes is a thought-provoking story of teens today, and the burning desire many of us have to be recognized for something, anything, no matter what the cost.

Erik Forrest Jackson was the winner of Stage West's 2016 Southwest Playwriting Contest for Like a Billion Likes. He is also the winner of the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award; a top 10 finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award; a finalist for the 2016 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference; and the runner-up in the Todd McNerney Playwriting Contest. He has been awarded a 2017 residency grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. Last fall, Jackson adapted the beloved TV comedy Cheers for a live stage event in Boston and Chicago. New York premieres include the plays Charlie!; Doll; Carrie (all at P.S. 122); and Tell-Tale (Off Broadway's Cherry Lane Theater, GLADD nomination Best Play). His musical Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, co-written with Ben H. Winters and featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka, has been performed globally, most recently in London and Seoul. Jackson was commissioned to author a series of mashups merging classic novels and Jim Henson's Muppets for Penguin Books and Disney. The first title, Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera, will be published in October. Long ago, Jackson's poems appeared in the Showtime film The Escape, starring Patrick Dempsey. Even longer ago, Jackson grew up in Parker and graduated from Plano East Senior High. He now lives in Manhattan and is currently the Executive Projects Director at Entertainment Weekly. For more, visit ErikForrestJackson.com.

Like a Billion Likes will be directed by Stage West Associate Producer Garret Storms, who most recently directed our production of Deer. Making her Stage West debut as Misty will be Delaney Milbourn, whose credits include Cordelia in Trinity Shakespeare Festival's King Lear, with Mikaela Krantz, last seen at Stage West as Colleen in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, as bestie Alix. Jacey Collier will be played by Evan Michael Woods, seen as First Murderer in Richard III for Trinity Shakespeare. Aaron Roberts, most recently at Stage West as Papa and Sims in The Nether, will play Principal Perry Segars, with Dana Schultes, who appeared in Stage West's The Royal Society of Antarctica, as Alix's mother, Colleen.

Set Design is by Seancolin Hankins, with lighting design by Luke Atkison, costume design by Victor Newman Brockwell, sound design by Ryan Swift Joyner, projection design by Nate Davis, and props/set decor by Lynn Lovett.

Like a Billion Likes will preview Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 and Friday, January 19 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, February 11. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00. The opening night reception will be Saturday, January 20. Ticket prices range from $31 to $35, with discounts for the preview performance, and for students, seniors, and military. Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised). Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org.

Note: this play contains strong language.

 


STAGE WEST ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON

Our 2017-2018 Season

Stage West is pleased to announces the lineup for its 39th season!  The new season will offer six plays plus a season extra, and patrons purchasing season tickets before October 1 will be offered a discount on the season extra. It’s an exciting mix of shows, featuring fresh takes on classics, can’t-miss regional premieres, and a world premiere.

  Here it is:

Life Sucks.
by Aaron Posner, sort of adapted from Chekhov's Uncle Vanya
Regional premiere
October 12 - November 12
Directed by Emily Scott Banks
Life is, like, really hard. It's tough being the gorgeous woman desired by all but understood by none. Or the homely girl with a heart of gold. Or the middle-aged man insightful enough to see the cavernous depth of his own failings. A quirky and deeply human new installment in the Chekhov cycle from the playwright of Stupid F*cking Bird - full of all the delight and charm that love and longing can inspire.
“Altogether wise, profoundly humane, hilarious, quirky, endearing and, in countless clever ways, brilliantly faithful to its source”  - Chicago Sun-Times

Season Extra:
An Act of God
by David Javerbaum
Regional premiere
November 30 - December 31
Directed by Harry Parker, and starring B.J. Cleveland
Direct from the pearly gates, and flanked by His ever-faithful and devoted archangels, the Almighty Himself is back to set the record straight and answer the deepest questions plaguing humanity since Creation. In this hilarious, no holds barred, irreverent, and critically acclaimed new play, God takes the stage to deliver a new and improved set of Commandments that are sure to have audiences rolling in their seats with side-splitting glee while providing angel-food for thought.
“Sinfully funny!” - Vanity Fair

Like a Billion Likes
by Erik Forrest Jackson
World premiere
January 18 - February 11
Directed by TBD
Misty Riggs is a nobody. No, really, she is - that's an undisputed fact. But just as she's starting sophomore year, she gets the notion she should try to stand out somehow before it's too late. Misty's gambit, however, only cements her loserdom, and after one blow too many, she makes a final, desperate bid for glory - the terrible culmination of her burning desire to be recognized for something, anything, no matter how she achieves it.
Winner of the 2016 Southwest Playwriting Competition

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City
by Halley Feiffer
Regional premiere
March 8 - April 1
Directed by Lee Trull
A slouchy, foul-mouthed young comedian and an overwhelmed middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are unexpectedly brought together when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Tensions rise and gauntlets are thrown, but appearances may be deceiving. Through confessions, fights, and uproariously inappropriate jokes, these two unwittingly invest in each other and help to pick up the pieces of their broken lives. A boisterously brazen story of the strength it takes to learn to laugh through pain.
  “A play that is as deeply felt as its name is long.” - The New York Times

Hir
by Taylor Mac
Regional premiere
May 17 - June 17
Directed by TBD
After returning from the wars, Isaac arrives at his childhood home to discover that the house and family he knew have been upended. His once-timid mother is on a whirlwind crusade to subvert the patriarchy, his sister is now his genderqueer brother who refers to hirself in gender-neutral pronouns. Meanwhile, his stroke-ridden father slumps on the couch in a muumuu and clown makeup. As Isaac attempts to reclaim structure in a household that refuses to be tamed, the family is forced to confront what it is to live in a new world when one is stuck in the past.
"A remarkable, audacious, uproarious black comedy with a daring combination of realism and madcap absurdity." - New York Times

Don't Dress for Dinner
by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon
July 12 - August 12
Directed by Christie Vela
  Hilarity and hijinks ensue when Bernard invites his mistress over for a weekend romp while his wife Jacqueline is meant to be away. But when Jacqueline discovers Bernard's friend Robert is also coming over, she decides to stay. Robert is supposed to be Bernard's alibi for the weekend, but he is also Jacqueline's secret lover. By the time the mistress and the cook show up, trysts and sweet-nothings are postponed as mar?ital treachery, mistaken identities, and madcap chaos take hold in an evening of adulterous mirth.
"Hurtling along at the speed of light, this breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention.” - The Guardian

An Octoroon
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Regional premiere
August 30 - September 30
Directed by Akin Babatundé
The Terrebonne plantation is in upheaval - the Master has died. ?His naïve young nephew tries to hold things together, but the evil neighbor is out to buy the land. Meanwhile, the slaves chat and gossip, and the beautiful, young ward of the estate has a secret that will change everything. Based on a controversial classic, this Obie Award winning play is part period satire and part meta-theatrical middle finger - it's a provocative and moving challenge to the racial climate of ?"the land of the free?"? in both the antebellum South and today.
“Hilarious and harrowing... This decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” - The New York Times

 
Visit Stage West:

Season tickets range in price from $135 to $175 with discounts for students, seniors, and teachers. Subscribers purchasing season passes prior to October 1 may purchase up to 2 tickets for Ann at $25 apiece.
For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378. Tickets will be available online at www.stagewest.org/season-tickets

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