The Knight of the Burning Pestle

by Francis Beaumont
Directed by Amber Bjork
June 3-19, 2016
Performing at Dreamland Arts

Wicked mirth true pleasure brings.

In the first full-length, English-language theatrical parody, a company of actors prepares for a performance of “The London Merchant.” But a pair of wealthy patrons demand their apprentice Rafe be inserted into the play. He becomes the errant Knight of the Burning Pestle, tasked to prove his bravery amidst the plot of a love story that does not need him. Written at the peak of the Jacobean era in the early 17th century and lampooning the best of the bygone Elizabethan playwrights, The Knight of the Burning Pestle stands as proof that players, patrons, and the theatre-going experience have changed little over the centuries.
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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern
January 8-24, 2016
Performing at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Mother knows best.

Twenty years ago, Pato Dooley thought of Maureen Folan as the beauty queen of Leenane. He never quite stopped thinking so. In reality, Maureen is a bitter spinster, stuck caring for a spiteful mother in a house they have made into a prison for each other. When Pato returns to Leenane, Maureen sees a twinkle of hope for a life with more love in it. But one thing remains in her way, pulls her down, and sits in a rocking chair plaguing her heart out. In his first published work, master tragedian Martin McDonagh proves that when cruelty is met with cruelty, all promises of civility are forfeit.
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A Lie of the Mind

by Sam Shepard
Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern
September 12-27, 2015
Performing at Nimbus Theater

Temper, temper.

Shepard’s famous portrait of the American nightmare begins when Beth wakes up with a brain injury. Her husband Jake has beaten her so badly that she retreats to her family home in Montana. Jake crawls back to his mother and siblings in California. Two families begin to reassess and unravel. When the mind can take no more, it survives by breaking down and rewiring its pathways. But when the family dynamic deteriorates, it may take gunshots and fire to forge more reliable bonds.
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The Illusion

by Tony Kushner
freely adapted from L’Illusion Comique by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Carin Bratlie
June 12-28, 2015
Performing in the inaugural season at Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage

I have seen a most splendid vision.

After his son runs off to find his fortune, Pridamant seeks the aid of an eccentric illusionist; a sorcerer with the ability to conjure images and dreams. Scenes from the son’s life marvelously appear before them, each an exotic and perplexing situation, each more inexplicable than the last, with varying names, shifting places, and dizzying rivalries. Adapted by Tony Kushner from Pierre Corneille’s classic comedy, The Illusion reveals the boy’s fate only at the very end, for better or for worse, and that it’s not quite what his father was led to believe.
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The Woodsman

By Steven Fechter
Directed by Erik Hoover
March 7-22, 2015
Performed at Nimbus Theater

Make good choices.

Most people harbor a darkness in their mind and struggle against it… most win. Some don’t. After twelve years in prison, a convicted child molester moves back to his home town determined not to lose the struggle this time. His effort is complicated by the woman in his bed, the police officer in his shadow, and the grade school across the street. Prejudice. Suspicion. Temptation. Recognition. Sometimes the only way to triumph over darkness is to meet it with darkness, and live in hope that forgiveness will someday follow.
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