AthensWest Theatre Company was formed in 2014 by Bo List, Kate Goodwin, Mark Mozingo, and Jeff Day - and produced its first play, John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning DOUBT in February of 2015. Since then, AthensWest has produced a three-show season every year, as follows:
2015-2016: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, 33 VARIATIONS, GOLDEN BOY OF THE BLUE RIDGE
2016-2017: SUPERIOR DONUTS, FAILURE: A LOVE STORY, IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY
2017-2018: OUR TOWN, EQUIVOCATION, THE CHRISTIANS
2018-2019: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, THE CAKE
Additionally, AthensWest produces a number of one-off theatrical evenings, including its "Dark Nights Variety Hour," and annual January Ball.
AthensWest is the first theatre in Lexington history to offer "Equity points" - which allows an actor to accumulate enough credits to join Actors Equity Association - the union for actors and stage managers. Our contract with Equity currently allows us to employ two union actors per production, working alongside local, non-union professionals. This is an important stepping stone for many young and emerging actors, as well as a tool to hire the best possible available talent.
AthensWest takes its name from Lexington's 18th Century nickname: "the Athens of the West," so-called because of its impressive culture, education, and arts. AthensWest hopes to celebrate the best of Central Kentucky tradition while pointing the way forward with new ideas and innovation.