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By Werner Trieschmann. Look out, our band of lovable yet impossibly inept thespians are onstage again in All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Murder Mystery. Last time, we saw our collection of bad actors and actresses in All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play. In that comic disaster, they butchered Romeo and Juliet, performing the timeless classic by Shakespeare in a Starbucks while wearing potato sacks and bowler hats. This time, our terrible troupe takes on the genre that will not die—the murder mystery!  More...

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By Carlos Murillo. In Augusta and Noble, we meet Gabi, a 12-year-old girl who has lived her whole life amid a vibrant Latino community in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Gabi is starting high school across the city at Northside College Prep, where she is quickly exposed to new people and possibilities. As Gabi begins asking questions  More...

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By Stephen Gregg. Welcome to Pin Cushion, California: population 791 and falling fast. Pin Cushion High School Drama has reached its final-ever production: Our Town. Despite never having once gotten a part, Bark Melon—16 and delightfully goofy despite some recent hard times—is convinced that he's going to get a lead. But Bark's audition goes awry when  More...

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Book and lyrics by George Reinblatt. Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt. Music supervision by Frank Cipolla. Additional lyrics by Christopher Bond. Additional music by Rob Daleman. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It's all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero  More...

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By Victoria Sayeg. Everyone loves a good crop circle—that is, everyone but world-renowned peanut planter Farmer Carter. This fine farmer is devastated to learn his entire year's yield of peanuts has been damaged by someone—or something—just a day before the circus comes to town! With the help of his wife, Eleanor, and their junk-food-addicted twin daughters, Farmer Carter hires a private investigator to get to the bottom of this perplexing peanut puzzle.  More...

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Adapted by Joseph Robinette. Based on the book Can This Be Christmas? by Debbie Macomber. On Christmas Eve, during a snowstorm, a group of strangers are on a train to Boston from Bangor, Maine, where the airport had been shut down due to the weather. Once they reach Boston, many of the passengers hope to make connections to various destinations across the United States. The travelers have desires to reach their destinations in time for Christmas. However, the train develops engine trouble, and there are track problems ahead. The passengers are suddenly forced to disembark and take shelter in a small depot in New Hampshire. Understandably disappointed and dispirited, they try to make the best of things with little success at first.  More...

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Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry. Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world.  More...

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By Pat Cook. Hayden Stewart's wife, Judith, and her sisters, Carla and Beth, are worried about their parents. "They argue all the time," Judith says. When she mentions this to Hayden, he casually suggests maybe the women could spend some time with Jack and Arlene, their parents, and squelch any such arguments. The next thing Hayden knows, Judith is planning a huge Christmas party with the whole family. "And it was all Hayden's idea!"  More...

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Script, music and lyrics by Chad Henry. Adapted from the books by Betty MacDonald. Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle! brings the uproarious stories of Betty MacDonald and her heroine, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, to the musical stage. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives on the outskirts of town with her parrot, Penelope, in an upside-down house built by her husband, a pirate—a house which is usually overrun with children playing, painting, digging in the yard, playing dress-up, and generally having a wonderful time. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves children, and she especially loves helping children and families who are having such difficulties as  More...

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Adapted by Jon Jory. Based on The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie Who poisoned the wealthy Emily Inglethorpe, and how did the murderer penetrate and escape her locked bedroom? The brilliant detective Hercule Poirot makes his debut in Jon Jory's dynamic adaptation of Agatha Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in an English village near the country manor of Emily Inglethorp, a friend who assisted him in starting a new life. When Emily is killed, Poirot uses his skills to solve the mystery of who killed her. Plot twists and red herrings abound in this fast-paced, dynamic and engaging new adaptation.  More...

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By Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills. Based on the book by Eleanor Estes. The authors of the musical version of The Hundred Dresses have rewritten the musical as a one-act straight play that's perfect for competition! Wanda Petronski, a second-grader, lives way up in a shabby house in Boggins Heights, and she doesn't have any friends. Every day she wears a faded blue dress, but she tells her classmates that she has a hundred dresses at home of all fabrics and colors. Soon Maddie, Peggy, Jack and their classmates make a game of teasing Wanda about her hundred dresses until one day she disappears from school,  More...

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By Philip Grecian. This version is the only authorized stage adaptation of Charles Sheldon's best-selling novel. It was commissioned by Sheldon's church, Central Congregational, where it was first written in 1897. In the summer of 1895 in Raymond, Kansas, a tramp knocks at Reverend Henry Maxwell's door looking for work. With regret, Maxwell turns him away, but the tramp's visit has inspired Sunday's sermon from 1 Peter 2:21: "For hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that ye should follow in His steps."  More...

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Adapted by Joseph Robinette. From the book by Debbie Macomber. Jo Marie Rose, widowed as a young woman, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her purchase of the Inn at Rose Harbor, a local bed-and-breakfast in the town of Cedar Cove, Washington. She has invited many of her former guests (us, the audience) to join her as she reminisces about her early days as owner of the inn.  More...

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Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Jane is an ordinary girl, complete with a really nice mom and a bratty little brother, Milo. But Jane and her best friend, Kayla, are on the verge of some big changes. Middle school is looming, and that is both exciting and a little scary. And what could be a better way to end the summer than getting a pretty purple letter in the mail inviting them to very popular Nicolette Miller's "Too-Cool-Almost-Middle-School-All-Girl-Party"?  More...

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Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Jane is an ordinary girl, complete with a really nice mom and a bratty little brother, Milo. But Jane and her best friend, Kayla, are on the verge of some big changes. Middle school is looming, and that is both exciting and a little scary. And what could be a better way to end the summer than getting a pretty purple letter in the mail inviting them to very popular Nicolette Miller's "Too-Cool-Almost-Middle-School-All-Girl-Party"?  More...

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By Patricia Barry Rumble. Based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Little Scrooge is an extremely creative, kid-friendly adaptation of the Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. When an adolescent boy, Eben Scrooge, strikes it rich and makes a million dollars by inventing a popular phone app called Where's Fluffy?, which can help a person find a lost pet, he loses sight of what really matters in life.  More...

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By Werner Trieschmann. The last time we saw Sarah, she was the young hero of Paper or Plastic?. There, Sarah was trying her best as a new employee at Puritan Foods, a grocery store with more than a cart full of crazy customers and fellow employees. In Paper or Plastic: The Ice Storm, Sarah is back, but this time she is hastily given—maybe tricked into?—the job of assistant manager. Sarah is happy about the new promotion until she realizes that with great power comes even more grocery store insanity. Did we mention there's an ice storm coming?!  More...

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Translated and adapted by Greg Leaming. From Georges Feydeau's Le Dindon. Lucienne Vatelin is being pursued by the love- struck Eugene Pontagnac, but only when her own husband strays would she pursue a lover of her own. With the arrival of an old lover of Lucienne's husband, Lucienne throws herself into the arms of her husband's best friend to wreak revenge. Meanwhile, an elderly American couple and an assortment of managers, servants and ladies of the evening all arrive at a hotel where a night of mistaken identities keeps everyone from getting what they need. In desperation, Lucienne now seeks revenge in the arms of a family friend, making sure that her husband will catch her in flagrante delicto!  More...

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By Gabriel Jason Dean. Theo Turner is a young cosmologist on the verge. But Theo's "big bang" isn't theoretical. His universe explodes when he and his wife visit his parents with news of an impending adoption, only to discover that Theo's aging parents are meth addicts. The cosmos is no more wondrous than a troubled family improvising its path into the future. Qualities of Starlight is an award-winning twisted comedy about the expansion of the universe and the contraction of a troubled family.  More...

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Adapted by Eric Coble. From the graphic novels by Tony Lee and Dan Boultwood. Sherlock Holmes is missing, and the streets of London are awash with crime. Who will save the day? The Baker Street Irregulars—a gang of street kids hired by Sherlock himself to help solve cases. Now they must band together to prove not only that Sherlock is not dead but also to find the Mayor's missing daughter, untangle a murder mystery from their own past, and face the masked criminal mastermind behind it all  More...

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By Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola. Meet Ben. Ben is a 26-year-old investment banker. Ben likes beer, sports and Emily … and Chris. Straight is a provocative new play that deals with fidelity, sexuality and identity in "post-equality" America. Funny, sad, sexy and surprising, this three-character drama takes a hard look at the moral complex of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance.  More...

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By Ann Sonneville and Clint Sheffer. From the novel by Jules Verne. We join the prolific naturalist Professor Aronnax, his devoted assistant Conseil and the gritty harpooner Ned Land for an epic journey aboard the Nautilus, the world's first submarine vessel. Forcefully led by the dangerous and enigmatic Captain Nemo on an unprecedented tour of the seven seas, our three heroes are confronted by harrowing challenges, incredible adventure, and a host of most unusual creatures.  More...

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By Max Bush. Maggie is a talented young artist who is just a couple of months away from graduating high school. As the summer swiftly approaches, she finds herself agonizing over serious life decisions. What is the right path for her future? Should she follow her dreams and become an artist? Or should she do the sensible thing and go to college with her boyfriend, Mike?  More...

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Adapted by Jeff Gottesfeld and Elizabeth Wong. From the book by Josh Hanagarne. A play about the power of books, muscles and human kindness. Josh (or Jo, since almost any role can be cast male or female) is the children's librarian at a poor public library facing a huge budget crisis. He's also a power lifter, pumping iron in the library basement and running a video blog about young adult and children's books, weights and life. Kids flock to his unconventional story time and check out books by the dozens. All but one kid, that is—a loner named Mr. T (or Ms. T), who has the loud tics of Tourette syndrome.  More...