Downtown Dance Collective to present hit solo play Stages.


Downtown Dance Collective is proud to present the world premiere of Stages, a new solo play by award winning writer and solo performer David Lee Nelson.


In 2017, David Lee Nelson received news that would change his life. At 38 years old he was diagnosed with Stage Four Colon Cancer. He kept a blog of his time in chemotherapy – a heartbreakingly funny chronicle of a disease which affects over nine million Americans. This material became the basis for his newest solo play. Stages is not simply a play about sickness: it’s a story of life’s setbacks and surprises, and about searching for hope in the most unlikely of places.

“I don’t think anyone is ever prepared to hear news like that” said Nelson from his home in Greenville, SC. “It’s something we’re unequipped to handle, which makes it the perfect thing to write about.” 

The play has been hailed by critics and audiences alike. Kinsey Giddick of the Charleston City Paper gave it an A+ and called it, “…funny and an incredibly moving examination of mortality.”


The show’s co-creator is Adam Knight, Artistic Director of the Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, IA. Knight is also the founder of Slant Theatre Project in New York City, where he directed the New York Times Critic’s Pick Naperville. He has also worked at venues such as Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cherry Lane, Folger Shakespeare Theatre and P.S.122. Nelson and Knight previously collaborated on the solo shows The Elephant in My Closet (“4 Stars!” – Time Out New York) and Status Update (“A”- Charleston City Paper). Both productions went on to tour nationally and internationally, including the Edinburgh Fringe, “Out of the Loop” in Dallas, and Washington D.C.’s Capital Fringe. Status Update was named “Best Touring Production” by the Dallas Critic’s Circle.  

The play is being produced by the Downtown Dance Collective. Founder and Executive Director Heather Adams is excited to bring this story to life in the heart of downtown. “When the script came across my desk, I knew we wanted to bring the show to Missoula. It’s such a funny and insightful look into this terrifying thing that touches so many people. We think out space is the perfect location for audiences to connect with this incredible storyteller.”  

Stages will be performed on Saturday, June 8th at 2 pm.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

They can be purchased online HERE or at the Downtown Dance Collective located at 121 W Main Street, Missoula, MT, 59802.