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The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Ginna Hoben

Production format: Streaming via Broadway on Demand

Tickets: $10 for individuals; $20 for families/households

Director: Kate Gleason

Starring: Candace Joice (candacejoice.com)

After seeing her fiancé kiss another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary’s life falls apart…just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where “romance” ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. It seems nothing can help Mary’s growing cynicism, until the charm and innocence of a five-year-old boy unexpectedly brings a new outlook on life and love. This heartwarming one-woman play offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
(www.playscripts.com)

Praise:

“Hoben has created a woman’s show to join the annual, male-dominated Christmas lineup, but like Santaland Diaries, it is a tale of real life and holiday hope touching us all.”

  • Eric Minton, Shakespeareances.com

 

“…if you prefer to have your Christmas message wrapped in a show with a punch more like a vodka tonic than a sugary sweet candy cane, Twelve Dates is for you — whether you are dating or not.”

  • Mary Burruss, Culture Nuts

 

“…witty, funny and light-hearted and avoids becoming depressing in the face of Mary’s broken-heartedness.”

  • Laura Ginesi, Behind the Arras

 

“…merry, amusing, touching and inspiring.”

  • Lauren Housman, High Plains Reader

 

“The perfect pre-Christmas treat.”

  • Lisa Mulch, Columbus Underground

 

“…a feel-good play that certainly set me up for the festive season.”

  • Selwyn Knight, thepublicreviews.com

 

“…a totally engaging hour and a half. It’s funny, touching, has ups and downs, and constantly comes unnervingly close to our own lives.”

  • Alexander Ray Edser, Reviewsgate.com

 

“The Twelve Dates of Christmas doesn’t fall prey to the typical cliches of heartbreak sagas or holiday theater, and touches on the reality of disappointment without crossing over into doom and gloom.”

 

“The Twelve Dates of Christmas is a fun, flirty romp through the highs and lows of one New York actress’s quest for happy couplehood.”

  • Candace Chaney, Lexington Herald-Leader

 

“Witty, funny…light-hearted and touching.”

  • Charles Culbertson, The Daily Newsleader (2010)

 

“The play is hilarious. I don’t believe I’ve ever laughed as much (or as audibly)…”

  • Mid-Atlantic Traveler

 

“Ginna Hoben, actress, got up on the Blackfriars Playhouse stage, put her talent and creative vision on the line and earned for herself yet a fourth title — Ginna Hoben, success.”

  • Charles Culbertson, Staunton Newsleader(2011)

 

“The performance is perfection and ends all too soon without a contrived conclusion.”

  • Tony Kiss, Asheville Citizen-Times

 

Holy LIT | Zoom production

Holy LIT

O ye of LIT-le faith! Ring in the New Year with our latest LIT show. Imagine that the writers of your favorite holy book know the story they want to tell, but get lost at a frat party on their way to the show. Full of completely irreverent-but-well-meaning jokes, holy “spirits,” improv, lively music, and heart, our LIT series may just save your immortal soul if you can stand all the sin you have to get through on the way. Ages 18+ only. Come ready to be offended.

Director: Traycie Kuhn-Zapata

Date #1: December 31, 2020 at 7:30pm

Venue: Streaming via Zoom

General Admission: Pay what you can starting at $10. $20 recommended for families and households.

*Become a Monthly Sustainer for special advance ticket rates and complimentary ticket exchanges: www.patreon.com/sweetteashakes.

 

 

The Man of Mode, by George Etherege | Zoom reading

The Man of Mode, by George Etherege

Strapping English bachelor Dorimant has a problem. Three of them, in fact. His affair with a married woman is getting tedious, his seduction of her best friend is getting complicated, and— worst of all—he seems to be falling in love with the only woman in London who can’t abide him. Toss in a snarky best friend, a few wily dames, a French dandy, and one mortifying love triangle, and it’s a recipe for chaos. George Etherege’s gleeful Restoration satire bursts to life in this audio drama adaptation, featuring actors from across North America.

THE MAN OF MODE is the fourth project in the Digital Restoration Series (DRS), a six-month all-virtual exploration of 17th and 18th century English drama, spearheaded by Assistant Artistic Director Claire F. Martin and supported by the R/18 Collective. The DRS looks at the revolutionary theater that blossomed in England after the theater-less “dark days” of the Puritan takeover in the 1650s. As we endure the theater-less “dark days” of the Coronavirus pandemic, the DRS illuminates the questions we’re all asking: “What is the role of theater when the world is shut down? How can communities of artists help illuminate the darkness?”

Director: Claire F. Martin

Venue: Online via Zoom

The Knight’s Tale | Streaming Production | William Shakespeare & John Fletcher

Knight’s Tale: Shakespeare’s The Two Noble Kinsmen

by William Shakespeare & John Fletcher

Inspired by Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, this story follows the tale of two knights captured by Theseus, Duke of Athens, and their love for an inspiring woman of the court, Emilia. Trouble stirs when the daughter of their jailer falls in love with one of them and sets in motion a series of events that rocks the life of everyone involved. Both celebratory and serious, Knight’s Tale is a beautiful, visually inspiring, and sensory play. Part of the 2020 Shakespeare Comic Universe with Midsummer, characters from both plays will be performed by the same actors, and the June run will include special double features with both plays, a picnic, and our famous Sweet Tea party in between. A spicy blend of love and war, with a complex finish. 

Production Format: Streaming video

Release Date: December 14 2020 through January 4, 2021

Venue: Streaming on demand. Stir up tickets here.

*Become a Monthly Sustainer for exclusive video footage and behind-the-scenes bonus material: www.patreon.com/sweetteashakes.

Director: Jeremy Fiebig

Julius Caesar gets bLITzed

Julius Caesar gets bLITzed

Celebrate the Ides of March with our “bLITzed” take on Shakespeare’s intensely political play, Julius Caesar. This production features all the hallmarks of our LIT series, but with actors who have never (or barely) rehearsed the play together appear to put on a show on the night of the performance. Actors come with lines learned and work out the details live on stage with only their wits and a referee stage manager blowing the whistle whenever there’s a foul — and, believe us, there’s plenty foul. Join us for a raucous night where we make Shakespeare a sport. Each event features live music, local beer, quality wine options, a signature cocktail, and light meal options.

Date #1: March 13, 2021 at 8:00pm

Venue #1: Arts Council of Fayetteville / Cumberland County (301 Hay Street, Fayetteville)

 

Date #2: March 27, 2021 at 8:00pm

Venue #2: HuggerMugger Brewing Company (229 Wicker Street, Sanford, NC)

 

General Admission: $20 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Seniors/Military: $18 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Students: $10 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

*Become a Monthly Sustainer for special advance ticket rates and complimentary ticket exchanges: www.patreon.com/sweetteashakes.

 

Ages 18+

Director: Traycie Kuhn-Zapata

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

 

The rom-com that started it all. Beatrice is a fast-talking spinster with no time for men. Benedick is the wisecracking marriage-hater crashing at her uncle’s house with a bunch of rowdy soldiers. But when Benedick’s best friend falls in love with Beatrice’s cousin, their friends and family hatch a plot to reveal the truth: that Benedick and Beatrice are actually head-over-heels in love. Can these two long-bickering cynics set aside their pride long enough to admit what everyone else can see?  Brilliantly blending romance and humor, Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespearean comedy at its finest.

With live music and freewheeling language, this Much Ado will have you smiling all night long.

Dates: April 22-24, 28-30, May 1, May 6-8 at 7:30pm; April 25, May 2 & 9 at 6:30pm

Venue: Museum of the Cape Fear | 1897 Poe House (206 Bradford Avenue, Fayetteville)

 

*Special Performance: Shakespeare in the Street (May 13 at 7:30pm)

 

General Admission: $20 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Seniors/Military: $18 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

Students: $10 ADVANCE | $25 AT THE DOOR

*Become a Monthly Sustainer for special advance ticket rates and complimentary ticket exchanges: www.patreon.com/sweetteashakes.

 

Director: Claire F. Martin

Music Director: Jacob French