The
Nightmarium incident

Directed by Eric Butler
October 11-13 and 17-19

In 1988, local TV Horror Hostess, Maureen Henson, know to her fans as Mistress Twilight, finds herself and her fellow cast and crew members scrambling to get their weekly Friday night horror program The Nightmarium Creature Double Feature ready for air. Tensions increase as the Nightmarium team bicker over their lackluster lives and careers and the Channel 9 news team continue to interrupt while they track a severe storm headed towards the small southern town. Making matters worse, Maureen, in her frustrated attempt to improve the quality of their campy show, gives her husband and fellow castmate, Wesley, a mysterious book she found at the flea market. When Wes reads from the book, he unwittingly summons the spirits of the dead who are now trapped in the W-KIL television station with the two factions. The result is a gruesome chain of events that would forever be known as the Nightmarium Incident.

Written by Eric Butler


Distracted

Directed by Elizabeth Hayes
November 15-17 and 21-23

What's wrong with nine-year-old Jesse? He can't sit still, he curses, he raps, and you can't get him into—or out of—pajamas. His teacher thinks it's Attention Deficit Disorder. Dad says, "He's just a boy!" And Mama's on a quest for answers. Is Jesse dysfunctional, or just different? Don't we all have ADD, to some degree? She consults a psychologist, a homeopath, a neuropsychologist, and an environmental physician. She talks to neighbors, whose kids have their own diagnoses. A psychiatrist prescribes Ritalin for Jesse, but surely a pill can't solve all of his problems. Throughout, Jesse is an offstage voice, becoming louder and angrier, but he is in danger of fading away. And his parents' marriage is in peril. Everyone is distracted, even the actors—they're breaking character! A hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: Are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we've tuned out what really matters?

Written by Lisa Loomer


One acts Festival

February 6-8

Come check out our first ever One Acts Festival! Join us for three nights of incredible performances. Stay tuned for more info!


Keely and Du

Directed by Kathryn Sutton
March 13-15 and 19-21

From the author of Talking With and Vital Signs, here is a volatile drama about abortion. Du, a right-to-life activist, and Keely, a pregnant rape victim Du is confining, transcend their circumstances and the ideological issues that separate them. Keely and Du is a mind-probing issue play with a gripping human face. Who is accountable? What is the extent of individual freedom? What are a rape victim’s rights? What are a Christian’s realities of procreation? Their passionate stories exist on the extreme edge of everyday reality.

Written by Jane Martin


Life on the mississippi

Directed by Alaina Smith
May 1-3 and 7-9

In this new musical based on Mark Twain’s autobiographical coming-of-age classic, the young Samuel Clemens leaves home to learn steamboat piloting on a Mississippi riverboat in 1858 and in the process, finds himself learning about life. And love. And death. And writing. In the spirit of his classic characters like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Sam sets on a heartwarming journey to make a few enemies, meet tellers of tall tales, and start down the path to becoming the prolific, white-haired writer we all know and love.

Book and lyrics by Douglas M. Parker
Music by Denver Casado