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The Gift of Nothing to Make Its World Premiere at the Kennedy Center

Patrick McDonnell's best-selling children's book moves to the D.C. stage.

Patrick McDonnell has adapted his best-selling book The Gift of Nothing for the stage.

The Kennedy Center will present the world premiere production of The Gift of Nothing, set to run from November 22-December 28 in the Family Theater. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center, The Gift of Nothing is based on the best-selling book by Patrick McDonnell. The story has been adapted for the stage by McDonnell, Aaron Posner, and Erin Weaver, with music and lyrics by Andy Mitton.

The plot is described as follows: "Mooch, a charming and curious cat, wants to get the 'purr-fect' holiday gift for his best friend Earl, a loveable pup. But Earl already seems to have all he needs: a bowl, a bed, and a squeaky chew toy. So what do you get someone who has everything? Well, nothing, of course!"

Posner directs alongside associate director Erika Chong Shuch. The cast features Michael John Casey as Frank, Maggie Donnelly as Earl, Sakile Lyles as Doozy, Joseph Patrick O'Malley as Ozzie, Nickolas Vaughan as Mooch, and Rachel Zampelli as Millie. The company also includes Stephen Russell Murray and Nora Palka.

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