The Queen’s Guard
It is the winter of 1859 and scarlet fever is rife in New England. As two children, Frances and Julianne Beale, are recovering together, they amuse themselves by playing a game of chess. But it is no ordinary game. Frances is following a historical chess book and convinces Julianne to turn their chess pieces into imaginary characters who come alive on the stage. What follows is a melodrama of sword fighting, murder, betrayal, love, and sacrifice, all against the background of a large chess board and moveable pieces. The Alabaster king has died and his widow, Queen Agnes, will do anything to protect her son, Prince Patrick, from her ambitious brother, the King of Obsidia. As the Obsidian forces enter the Alabaster Valley, their plot to poison the young prince is thwarted by a coalition of scrappy soldiers, bumbling bishops, and two star-crossed lovers who must find courage to be more than mere pawns in their two kingdoms at war. Approximately 90 minutes without intermission.
The Forgeries of Jealousy
In this tight, well-plotted script, the action builds to almost farcical levels at some points. The interplay among all the characters is excellent, and there are plenty of scenes with only a few actors at a time, making it easy to rehearse segments without having to balance too many schedules. With a goal for inclusivity, some roles and associated friendships may fall outside of traditional norms. The representation of any such couple is done innocently, sweetly, and naturally. This play has rich themes of friendship, loyalty, allegiance, and of course, jealousy.
Brickyard and Buffalo
Four women. Three days. Two celebrations. One secret. It is the weekend of Ann’s high school graduation and eighteenth birthday. Her family has come together to help her celebrate, but when Ann’s father doesn’t arrive for her graduation party, she confronts her...
Just as the cast for this year’s play at River Valley High School is announced, a calamity occurs: the lighting rig in the school’s theatre collapses, injuring the director and throwing the school’s show and entire theatre program into jeopardy. It takes a capable...
Night of Neverland
What happens when a slumber party game goes awry and the birthday girl is hypnotized into really believing she’s Peter Pan? Well, first a group of boys arrive to crash the party, then everyone becomes involved in a charade of Neverland characters, gender-bending...
Shadows in the Middle
In this stream-of-conscience series of scenes about the lives and thoughts of adolescents, Puck’s final monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream cleverly provides the prompts that drive the play’s themes including friendship, bullying, heartbreak, peer pressure and...
A group of kids break into a dilapidated mansion looking for a cool place to hang out during spring break only to find they find aren’t alone...and they definitely aren’t safe. A play anchored in realism - with a coven of witches thrown in.