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In 897 A.D., Pope Stephen VII dug up the rotting corpse of his predecessor, Pope Formosus, and placed it on trial in front of the entire Roman Senate, clergy, and aristocracy. After screaming at it for hours, Stephen had the body dismembered, disrobed, and thrown in the Tiber River. Why would he do this? Come see composer-lyricist Robbie Florian's answer to that question! Brought to life with a sensuous mix of pope-punk, Catholic pop, and inarguably melodic ecclesiastical mandible-flappings, the trial of the ninth century awaits you.
What if the Buddha were a woman, living in our times? Mama Sid is a modern-day "awakened one" with a worldwide following. But a determined young woman seeks to unearth Mama Sid's mysterious past, exposing secrets that could change everything. Epic and intimate, comic and profound, The Fourth Messenger investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human. Matt August (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) directs; the ravishing score is by indie favorite Vienna Teng.
Goodbye Buddy is a dark comedy about a woman sentenced to death and what happens when two guards discover they're all out of ways to kill her. But when the execution goes awry, Buddy develops a relationship with one of the guards in an attempt to stay alive. Along the way, Buddy discovers the reason for her imprisonment, plays the free pass game, and even sings some Billy Joel. Beyond the debauchery, Goodbye Buddy is a play about the absurdity of government, finding friends in the most unlikely of places, and confronting death.
The year is 1938, and the Goree All-Girl String Band is the biggest new radio sensation in Texas. Its members also happen to be convicted criminals. The six of them teach themselves music from behind bars and earn a slot on a prison-based radio program. Through sisterhood, determination, and a little bit of luck, these women work (and play) together to fiddle their way to freedom. Inspired by a true story, The Goree All-Girl String Band is a tale of redemption that features an ensemble of actor-musicians performing a brand-new country score.
Three young men visit the legendary Stonewall Inn for a birthday celebration. With hopes of fixing a broken relationship between Corey and Bryan, a new friend enters who takes an interest in joining them in the birthday bash. Corey's secret birthday gift to himself has more in store than he bargained for. A Night at Stonewall is a short, powerful play about love, awareness, and the consequences of living in a society of app-based hookups.
Note: This show contains some nudity and is for mature audiences. Also, A Night at Stonewall is part of the Strawberry One-Act Festival. Viewers will see three plays in addition to this production. They will vote for the two best plays, directors, and actors from all the shows they see.
New kid Kylie Carson is "different" — which can make middle school a very scary and unfriendly place. So she cooks up a sweet solution: form a cupcake club that's open to anyone seeking friendship and a place to belong. But the popular clique turns bitter with jealousy and vows to destroy the club's efforts. Kylie is now faced with a tough choice: stoop to the mean girls' level or take the higher road. The delicious pop-infused score by Rick Hip-Flores brings the best-selling children's book by Sheryl and Carrie Berk to life, and drives home a message of empathy, love, and the power of young people to change the world.
Note: This production will support NoBully.org.
In the fiercely competitive world of girls' soccer, how far would you go for your child? Based on the award-winning play All About the Kids by Caytha Jentis, Play Like a Winner is a satire of the soccer mom world. At curtain, Coach Nick lies dead in the middle of the stage, impaled by a corner flag, while a chorus of soccer players sings in his honor. Kathy, a soccer mom, steps forward to tell viewers the story of how all this began…
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project initiated to explore the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the United States and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays themed around the question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018. These performances, staged readings, and community forums create an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Note: Performance dates and locations vary. For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website (URL below).
The award-winning Riant Theatre proudly presents NYC's Strawberry One-Act Festival, their renowned short play competition celebrating cultural diversity in the performing arts. Now in its 30th season, The Strawberry One-Act Festival will also include limited engagements for three premiere full-length one-act plays.
Featuring 31 new short plays received through submission from across the country, the competition uses a playoff-style with audience voting determining semi-finalists, who receive help from an industry coach before the finals, competing for the chance for a development and publication deal with The Riant Theatre.
Temple of the Souls is an award-winning contemporary pop musical of secrets, lies, and forbidden love. Two worlds collide in this mythical tale when Amada, the beautiful daughter of a conquistador, and Guario, a young Taino, meet in a magical Puerto Rican rain forest. To escape the intolerant world below, the young lovers run away to the Temple of the Souls, where nightmares and dreams come true.
In this wicked retelling of the classic novel by H.G. Wells, a troubled inventor discovers a modern dystopia where machines are nonexistent and love is forbidden. Extraordinary events force him to venture underground, where he must face the demons that control his future.
What is the price of liberty, and will the wall divide or unite this family? A Wall Apart tells the story of three brothers in East Berlin. With scars from one war, they face another as the Berlin Wall divides their city — East from West. One an officer, another an artist, and the third caught in the middle, these brothers experience the building of the wall, each from a personal perspective. As they strive to find their way together, three generations of family ties, brotherhood, love, marriage, and parenthood are tested.
A Wall Apart is an original rock musical with music by Graham Russell of Air Supply and a book by Sam Goldstein and Craig Clyde. Directed and choreographed by Keith Andrews, the show features a cast including Maddie Shea Baldwin (Bright Star), Leslie Becker (Wicked), Emily Behny (The Fantasticks), Jordan Bondurant (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Darren Ritchie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Matt Rosell (Les Misérables), and Josh Tolle (Kinky Boots national tour).
In Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me, it's 1989 and Heidi is trying to earn enough money to go to college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution in American Legion halls across the country. When she loses the first round to Becky Dobbins because her speech isn't personal enough, she decides to go deep. Starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died of "melancholia," she traces the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of women in her family — and on the violent men they married.
Note: This show is part of Clubbed Thumb theater company's annual Summerworks series of new plays.