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The Pleasure Trials
by Sarah Saltwick
When Rachel and Callie start clinical trials on their new female libido enhancement drug, willing participants come out of the woodwork looking for an internal revolution. Quickly after the first dose, the effectiveness of the medicine is undeniable, but the overwhelming pressure for its success may corrupt the experiment and everyone involved.
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
At the outbreak of World War One, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
by Stephen Wolfert & Dawn Stern
Despite being taken prisoner of war, then ransomed off by her father to the feckless king of a foreign country, Margaret of Anjou went on to command armies. William Shakespeare was so entranced with her that he included her in four of his plays.
by Jason O’Connell & Brenda Withers
Who wins the battle of beauty versus brains?
Cyrano is a swordsman, philosopher, poet, and raconteur—everything that the love of his life, Roxane, would want. There’s just one problem: his nose is colossal, which makes him unworthy of her affection (or so he believes).
The Bible: The Complete Word of God Abridged
by Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, Adam Long & Matthew Croke
An irreverent roller-coaster ride through the Good Book, from fig leaves to final judgment, three cultural guerrillas tackle the great theological questions. No one is safe, especially the first row, and everything you thought you knew about the most widely read book in history will be turned upside down.
by Brenda Withers & Jonathan Fielding
Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a young and inexperienced first responder. While they wait for additional rescue assistance, they discover they have more in common than they realize.
An intimate portrait of mortality, memory, and redemption, this original play will have its regional premiere at Amphibian Stage Productions.
Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins
by Scott Zenriech
In a small Russian village, the presence of wicked goblins keeps the town from celebrating Hanukkah, until one man, Hershel of Ostropol, takes it upon himself to evict the mischievous residents from the haunted synagogue at the top of the hill.
The Quixotic Days And Errant Nights Of Knight Errant Don Quixote
by Brenda Withers
Alonso Quixano’s fascination with medieval romance novels devolves into delusion when the small-town man rechristens himself Don Quixote de la Mancha -a chivalrous knight bent on battling wicked and protecting all who are good.
by Becky Mode
Becky Mode’s fast, funny, uplifting one-man show at Amphibian Stage Productions, gives us the overworked, under-compensated Sam (Russell Saylor), a reservations manager and aspiring actor at a busy, upscale New York restaurant, who wants to go home for Christmas but is rebuffed by the spoiled, pampered chef who is his boss.
Hunting & Gathering
by Brooke Berman
To be content with yourself, you must be able to own up to each and every adventure that you take. Brooke Berman tells the stories of four intertwined 20 and 30-year-old somethings as they try to not only find the perfect real estate in New York City but also the perfect relationship.
by John Kolvenbach
Just one simple bank job. How hard can it be?
For two brothers new to the armed robbery industry, it turns out it’s a lot more difficult than it appears in the movies. When plans A and B (and C through F) fail, Tracey and Russell, find themselves locked in the bank bathroom with no choice but to depend on a brave bank teller, an unsuspecting cop, and the man who put them up to the whole thing.
by Steven Dietz
Linda and Michael Waterman are both successful fiction writers, happily married to one another. They thrive on the give and take of their unusually honest and candid relationship. However, when Linda is diagnosed with a tumor, she asks her husband to share his diaries with her.
Mr & Mrs Fitch
by Douglas Carter Beane
Meet gossip columnists, Mr. and Mrs. Fitch. When the social circuit no longer provides juicy morsels, when the pressure to create news in our never-ending news cycle becomes just a bit much, it’s time to toss back the martinis, toss around the bon mots and realize that great celebrity can just appear out of thin air.
This wicked, urbane comedy is a scathing look at who is in, who is out, and who may not even exist at all.
Kenny DeForest is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor best known for his appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Central Stand-up, HBO’s “Crashing”, TruTV’s “Friends of the People”, and as a former producer and co-host of “Comedy at the Knitting Factory”, widely considered to be one of the best independently run comedy shows in the world.
The Amazing, Fabulous, and Spectacular Untruths of Juan Garcia
translated and adapted from LA VERDAD SOSPECHOSA by Juan Ruiz de Alarćon by Kathleen Culebro
When Juan Garcia returns home to Oaxaca after years at the university in Mexico City, he’s ready to make an impression and take over as the fanciest, smartest, richest man in town….never mind that he’s none of those things.
Haunted Play [A Tale of the Naïve and Macabre]
written and directed by Steven Dietz
Two writers arrive at a darkened theatre to receive an undisclosed award. What they receive instead is a play “ghosted” by a host of other famous works. They encounter a steep fall – both comic and macabre – into their deepest creative fears.
through a glass darkly
by Erin Malone Turner, directed by Sky Williams
It’s summertime in 1980s southern Louisiana when a group of ardent camp counselors discover alternate dimensions within the campground’s forest. This play uses science fiction and New Orleans-based Black history to explore emerging into adulthood, enjoying romance amidst a crushing loss, and how sorrow can take root into terrains as well as hearts. How can we keep sight of what we owe each other?
Oleanna Part II
by Chris Cragin Day, directed by Lily Wolff
When Dr. Roark gets a request from one of her students to go over his essay after class, she readies herself for the usual one-on-one writing tutoring that she’s excelled at her entire career. But when they meet in her office, she finds that he’s there for very different reasons and she’s thrown into a political battle that threatens to ruin her career entirely.
Filipino American, Andrew Orolfo has been named one of the country’s “top knot” comedians by… don’t even ask, just go with it. An established staple in San Francisco comedy, he has been featured in SF Sketchfest, High Plains Comedy Festival and Comedy Central Clusterfest. He can be heard on Sirius XM Radio and seen on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with James Corden as well as Jo Koy: In His Elements on Netflix.
Ashley Ray: Stand-Up Comic Residency
Ashley Ray is the most famous bisexual solo polyamorous black queer comedian, actor, and writer currently based in Los Angeles. In 2021, she was featured in Bust for her “whip smart TV criticism.” And yes, she’s also famous for smoking pot.
Playwriting Masterclass with Steven Dietz
A play is a living, shifting, proximate narrative event, and therefore requires a unique skill set of its author: the ability to bring stories to life in real time …and keep them alive. This course seeks to name, explore and exploit the three primary tools for making a story that is forever “quickening”:Motion, Status, and Time. A lively and fundamental class for both the experienced writer and the novice.
Workshop: Fun with Comedy for Kids: Character Monologues for Kids
This workshop, designed for ages 9 to 13, is all about creating funny characters that can be used in sketch, standup, plays, or on TikTok. Guided exercises will help you write fictional monologues, which you’ll get to try out in a supportive environment.
Workshop: Fun with Comedy for Kids: Musical Improv for Kids
Do you love belting out your favorite songs? This workshop, designed for ages 9 to 13, is improv with a musical twist, and it’s less about rhyming and more about emotions. If music makes you feel something, come play with us.