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Stage Left Theatre sets a politically left season ahead of the 2016 presidential election

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Stage Left Theatre today announced a slate of three left-leaning plays for its upcoming 34th season, which also happens to lead into the 2016 presidential election.

The season opener, The Firestorm (October 24–November 29), concerns a Democratic candidate for the governorship of Ohio whose marriage happens to be interracial. Stage Left's fall 2015 production of Meridith Friedman's new play will be its second, as part of the National New Play Network's Rolling World Premieres program; Dallas's Kitchen Dog Theatre will premiere the play this month, to be followed by Stage Left's production this fall, to be directed by Drew Martin.

The Midwest premiere of Christopher Chen's Mutt (January 9–February 14), presented as a co-production with Red Tape Theatre, concerns the Republican Party's labored attempts to nominate a non-white candidate for president in the upcoming vote. Vanessa Stalling will direct.

The final production of the season, Dan O'Brien's The Body of an American (May 14—June 19), is the Midwest premiere of O'Brien's theatrical meetup with Canadian photojournalist Paul Watson, based on Watson's image of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu in the early ’90s. It's set to be directed by Jason A. Fleece.

All three plays in Stage Left's new season will be staged at Theater Wit.

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