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MFA Showcase

Program A

1/15 & 1/18 @ 7:30pm
(Suggested for older audiences)

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Voices in my Head
by Anthony McMurray

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A thoroughly mixed media event of live monologue and filmed sketch comedy that takes an up close and personal look at the struggles of a white man-child just trying to make it in everyday America. USA Today raves, “It will make you f***ing piss your pants.” William Shakespeare says, “That Honky can write.” And Jesus from the Bible declared, “Nailed it!!!” Guaranteed to offend damn near anyone!

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Faced with Faces
by Don Watkins

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A moving, funny and multifaceted look at the endless confusion of communication between the sexes as our hero, “Scotty” is forced to re-live images of his past relationships and confront his biggest obstacle…himself. Survey says…”good luck with that!”

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Trash the Dress
by Kristina Sutton

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Say yes to the mess! A uniquely interactive performance piece inspired by Trash the Dress (TTD) art exploring the joys, disappointments, and expectations of marriage and in particular how the union itself is often overshadowed by the wedding celebration and planning. Each performance will incorporate original monologues, the artist’s own photography through projections and fine art prints, and conclude with an interactive “trash the dress” session with the audience to create an original piece of “wedding” art!

Program B

1/16 & 1/20 @ 7:30pm

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Behind the Vote
by Jenny Ballard

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Set on the eve of the 2012 Presidential election, BEHIND THE VOTE time travels to connect the lives of contemporary women with the history of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony’s fifty year fight for the voting rights of women. This thought-provoking play explores friendship and responsibility as it asks: why is voting important to YOU?

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Lonesome Time
by Jason Bayle
(story and book)

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Aidan Hackett dreams of a life less ordinary. But as the demands of family and fatherhood reshape those dreams, will he embrace his new life, or lose himself to a world of loneliness and isolation? This birth of a new American musical built on our longing to capture the maybe mythical “American Dream” features the brilliant songs of the Long Gone Lonesome Boys.

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A Single Revolution
of the Sun

by Gregory Leute

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A shattering odyssey of self-discovery explores the timeless questions of a warrior’s heart, the conflict between duty and love, and the complex relationship between a father and his son as a career military officer finds his core values put to the test when his soldier son is reported missing in action.

Program C

1/17 & 1/19 @ 7:30pm

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Turkey Boys
by Nic Hamel

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Scandal in a tiny Midwestern town; as its church, its citizens, and its economy are thrust into the national spotlight through its relationship with a group of 30 mentally disabled workers who call the town home. A probing yet sensitive look at the myths and realities surrounding what American small town life means in the 21st century, filtered through the memories and rediscovery of the playwright’s own childhood.

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Curry Bowl
by Jessica Jain

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In an era where actors like Mindy Kahling, Nasim Pedram and Frieda Pinto are making it cool to be “the little brown girl,” our playwright returns the Indian girl to her awkward, over-achieving, do-gooder roots! Prepare to be sated and stunned as Jessica takes us into the kitchen and behind the scenes of a “real” Indian family, complete with accents only fit for “quicky mart”, overly dramatic hand gestures, and epically long and confusing musical numbers from Bollywood. “ It’s all in the ingredients.” Prepare to savor…Curry Bowl.

Program D

1/19 & 1/20 @ 2pm
(Suggested for older audiences)

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Habitat Five: The Children’s Crusade
by Katrina Despain

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Growing up in an Alien Zoo has its perks, but will the guardians prepare their specimen for life in the Wild? Adara, the young human in Habitat Five, is about to embark on her biggest adventure…womanhood! As we explore how one child discovers what it means to be human, we are ultimately forced to confront our own accountability to ourselves and those we raise.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis
by Benjamin Koucherik

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Even John Wilkes Booth Thinks We’re Crazy. Re-animated to revolutionize our modern world, Johnny’s not in Kansas anymore. A darkly funny, fever-dream exploration of our globally interconnected culture of violence and celebrity shatters perceptions and confronts our responsibility to be true “revolutionaries.”

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Bear With Me*
by Chia-Wen Hsu
*4pm-Greek Theatre

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Unbearable excitement as we follow the adventures of Bear, a beautiful but lonely alien girl! Armed with only the bear essentials, Bear has more questions than she can bear, but at last gains her bearings and travels bearfoot towards Earth to find her “honey bear” by following a rubber chicken’s suggestion (which of course is bearly understandable.) Along the way Bear bears her soul and we learn the bear truth: that Signs are tricksters, and reality is invisible to the naked eye.