ON THE EXHALE hits the West Stage


How do you prevent yourself from becoming what you fear? West Scene Executive producer Dana Schultes, starring in his very first solo show, tackles this question in Martín Zimmerman’s captivating On the Exhale. The play begins a 3-week regional premiere on Thursday February 3 at the Evelyn Wheeler Swenson Theater in West Stage.

A college professor, whose life has been forever changed by a senseless act of violence, finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime – and the overwhelming sense of power that comes from holding the life and death in his hands. This timely tour de force intimately examines our collective grief over a national epidemic that we all want to end.

Schultes says “I knew I wanted to do the play. By the time I finished reading it, I was like, ‘Oh yeah. I want to do this piece. It’s that one. The thing is, I love a good story. That’s what draws me to just about every piece we’ve put on this season and that’s what sealed the deal for me when it comes to On the Exhale. I can’t wait to share it with the public. “

‘Haunting, captivating in its economy and hits like a bullet’ – The Guardian

Martín Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic, bilingual playwright and screenwriter whose plays include Seven Spots on the Sun, On the Exhale, White Tie Ball, The Making of a Modern Folk Hero, The Solid Sand Below and Let Me Count the Ways, and have been produced or developed at the Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Theater In The Park, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Roundabout Underground, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Traverse Theatre, LCT3, New York Theater Workshop, Victory Gardens Theater, The Eugene O’Neill National Conference of Theater Center Playwrights, The Playwrights’ Center, Alliance Theater, ACT (Seattle), among others, with upcoming projects with Roundabout Theater Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Marc Platt Productions. A recipient of the Terrence McNally New Play Award, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation, Humanitas Prize New Voices Award, and the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, among others, Martín is a producer on Netflix’s Ozark, was an editor on Netflix’s Narcos, was the Alliance for Latino Theater Artists (ALTA) Artist of the Month, was a member of the 2011-2012 Playwrights Unit at the Goodman Theater and is playwright-in-residence at Teatro Vista. He holds a master’s degree in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor’s degree in theater studies and a bachelor’s degree in economics from duke university.

On the Exhale will be directed by TCU Professor Harry B. Parker, who last directed First Date for West Scene. The characteristics of the cast West SceneExecutive Producer of Dana Schultes, which was most recently seen in West Scenefrom War Words, as well as in our virtual presentation of Boredom, Fear and Wine.

Set design by Allen Dean, with lighting design by Bryan Stevenson, costume design by Dana Schultes and Attic Storms, and sound design by Ryan Simón.

On the Exhale will premiere on Thursday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m., and will continue through Sunday, February 20. Performance times for this show will be 30 minutes ahead of our normal schedule due to overlap with Church & State: Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. NOTE: All Sunday mornings will be Safe Sundays, with proof of vaccination required. Masks are also required for all performances. Ticket prices for the season are $40 on Thursdays and Fridays and $45 on Saturdays and Sundays, with $20 tickets for both previews. A catering service is available 90 minutes before performances (reservations are recommended). Reservations and information are available through the box office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org.


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