September 15, 2022
Directed by Doug and Wes Brewer
Join us for fun, hoot-hollerin’ laughs, poems and cowboy stories with some mountain mama musical tunes. We’ll have guitar and sing-along, toe-tappin’beats and jingles. Special guest opening act of youth readers directed by Joyce Skidmore Wilson.
October 20, 2022
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
Directed by Warren Tharp
In the style of a radio program, our host will introduce and guide the audience through scary stories, featuring excerpts and scenes from the writing of Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelly, Bram Stoker, William Shakespeare and Robert Louis Stevenson.
November 17, 2022
WORLD’S MOST INSPIRATIONAL SPEECHES
Directed by Brad Nygren
Come hear some of the finest speeches ever given by actors who can bring these speeches to life. You will truly miss out if you fail to attend. You will hear Patrick Henry, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa and many more.
December 15, 2022
SHORT CHRISTMAS STORIES
Directed by Ron Frederickson
Two Christmas pieces: “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas, and passages from Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.” Predictably, the Dylan Thomas piece is as much hilariously surprising poetry as it is a story. The other seems autobiographical – a young Capote telling a wintry day’s melancholy story about himself and his elderly companion, a grandmother in all but name. The narrator says: “I am seven. She is sixty-something. We are each other’s best friend. She calls me Buddy, in memory of a boy who was formerly her best friend. The other Buddy dies in the 1800’s when she was still a child. She is still a child.”
January 19, 2023
SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY
By Edgar Lee Masters, Hosted by Tobin Atkinson
The characters in Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology have been charming audiences for over a hundred years. The ghostly denizens of the Spoon River cemetery share their triumphs, disappointments, deepest loves, broken hearts, humble wisdom, and cynical philosophies in over 200 poetic epigrams. We’ve selected some of the more powerful poems for our audience participation night and invite you join us on stage to bring Spoon River to life for one magical evening.
February 16, 2023
VARIANCES OF LOVE
Directed by Enid Atkinson
What is your definition of love? Does love feel the same for everyone? In celebration of Valentine’s Day, our February show will feature several one-act plays that revolve around the subject of love. We will see love in varying degrees, stages, intensities, appearances and situations. Your perception may change…
March 16, 2023
HERE BE DRAGONS
Directed by Kathleen Atkinson and Gordon Jones
Our directors will curate and present an exciting selection of poems and stories about one of the most omnipresent figures from virtually every culture: the dragon. These literary materials will be drawn from a wide range of cultures, presented as recitations and dialogues, as appropriate. Some will be new; some familiar. Join us to catch up on old friends and make new acquaintances among the flying, fire-breathing species of Wyrms.
April 20, 2023
LYRICS AS MONOLOGUES
Directed by Tobin Atkinson
What if the lyrics of Frosty the Snowman had first appeared as a soliloquy in one of Shakespeare’s plays? Or those famous lines from Hey Jude had originally been a speech in a Quentin Tarantino movie? In April, we’ll find out as we repackage the lyrics of popular tunes as dramatic, humorous, and always surprising theatrical monologues.
May 18, 2023
POETRY & PROSE POTLUCK
Directed by David F. Pack
Rather than food, members bring a short poem or prose piece, original or by a favored author to read before an appreciative audience. This evening is a perennial favorite. At this event, talent is discovered and shared, so leave shyness at home and become a star. Every member is eligible, but time is limited. Please, keep your piece to four minutes or less.