The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Ginna Hoben

Production format: Streaming via Broadway on Demand

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

Tickets are for on-demand performances on the dates of shows only and are not transferrable. You have to watch the show within the 24 hour period of the day in question.

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.


“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


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

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare


No one ever said being a teenager was easy. The Montague and Capulet dynasties have been locked in a civil war for decades. Every day, their youngest family members duel and die in the streets of Verona. Then Romeo Montague meets Juliet Capulet. Inflamed by a passion they can scarcely understand, these two teenage dreamers recklessly defy their families and marry in secret, setting off a chain of events that will change Verona forever.


Featuring live music and soaring poetry, this Romeo and Juliet will sweep you off your feet.

Dates: June 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 at 7:30pm; June 6, 13, & 20 at 6:30pm

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

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: TBD

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

Dates: May at 7:30pm; June at 6:30pm

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


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: Molly Malone

Music Director: TBD


The Poe House / St Michael Catholic Church

Performances will be presented in the garden of the 1897 Poe House at 206 Bradford Avenue, Fayetteville. (In case of rain, we relocate to the Parish Hall of Saint Michael the Archangel’s Maronite Catholic Church next door at 806 Arsenal Avenue.) The 1897 Poe House offers limited street parking, with additional parking available across the MLK Freeway, at Arsenal Park.


Food is available for purchase, as well as signature sweet tea, craft beer, wine, and seasonal cocktails. (Outside food and drink are not permitted unless otherwise noted.)


For our outdoor performances, you should bring your own seating or choose from our limited rental chair and quilt seating options. Should we move indoors in case of rain, we provide basic folding chair seating, along with an optional rental seat cushion, subject to availability.



The Belle’s Stratagem, by Hannah Cowley

London debutante Letitia Hardy has been engaged since birth to a man she has never met. After their first encounter goes horribly awry, Letitia vows to win over her handsome fiancé, Doricourt…by disguising herself as a rival for his affections. Meanwhile, Doricourt’s best friend, Saville, teams up with a motley crew to thwart a local Casanova hellbent on seducing an innocent young bride. This sparkling adaptation of Hannah Cowley’s Enlightenment-era comedy of manners features actors from across North America.

***This project makes up half of THE STRATAGEM PROJECT, a repertory audio production of George Farquhar’s Restoration comedy, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Hannah Cowley’s feminist response, The Belle’s Stratagem.

Production Format: Audio drama

Release Date: April 2020

Zoom performance: Saturday, March 6th (7:30pm)

Release Platform: The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours (podcast)

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

Content warning: Sexual language & innuendo, threat of sexual assault

Director: Claire F. Martin

Claire F. Martin is the Assistant Artistic Director of Sweet Tea Shakespeare. She is a professional theater artist, specializing in Shakespeare, Restoration drama, and literary adaptation. The Beaux’ Stratagem marks the sixth in her eight-part series of all-digital collaborations between STS and the R/18 Collective. In addition to her work as a director, Claire is also a classically trained actor, playwright, and dramaturg. M.A. Theatre Directing, Royal Holloway. B.A. Theatre Arts & English (Honors), University of Puget Sound. SDC Associate Member, LMDA, SAA.

Editor: Wesley Johnson