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


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.

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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.

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Director: Jeremy Fiebig

Love for Love | Audio Drama | William Congreve

Love for Love

by William Congreve

After enjoying one too many nights on the town, Valentine is dead broke. When his disapproving father threatens to cut him off, Valentine devises an elaborate scheme to reclaim his inheritance. Unfortunately, his plan hinges on the fiery young heiress, Angelica, who is nowhere near convinced that Valentine wants to marry her for love. Recorded on Zoom in a single afternoon, this one-shot table read of William Congreve’s Restoration smash-hit, LOVE FOR LOVE, reunites the cast of Congreve’s THE WAY OF THE WORLD for a final encore.

Production Format: Table read

Release Date: February 15, 2021

Release Platform: The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours (podcast)

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Director: Claire F. Martin

Editor: Ashanti Bennet

As You Like It | Audio Drama | William Shakespeare

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

All is not well at the Duke’s court. A usurping tyrant sits on the throne, a jealous nobleman plots to kill his younger brother, and the rightful Duchess has been banished from the court. When the Duke’s niece, Rosalind, falls from favor, she and her loyal cousin, Celia, make a desperate break for the Forest of Arden. Disguised as a pageboy, Rosalind revels in her newfound freedom amongst the trees…but things get complicated when her masculine alter ego snags the attention of her own crush and a besotted shepherdess. Co-produced with the Canadian collective, Cup of Hemlock Theatre, this one-shot table read of Shakespeare’s beloved rom-com, AS YOU LIKE IT, features actors from the U.S. and Canada.

Co-produced by: Cup of Hemlock Theatre

Production Format: Table read

Release Date: October 12, 2020

Release Platform: The Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours (podcast)

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Director: Claire F. Martin

Editor: Ashanti Bennett

The Alchemist | Zoom Production | Ben Jonson

The Alchemist

by Ben Jonson

Samuel Coleridge believed that the three best plots in literature were Oedipus Rex, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, and Ben Jonson’s early modern play, The Alchemist. Set amidst a time of plague, three swindling rogues, Face, Subtle, and Doll Common, set up shop in the house of their master, who has fled from London to the country to escape the pandemic. As the cons and dupes pile up, the three try to maintain their ruses with a series of disguises, tricks, and double-crosses. Full of extravagant language, farcical action, and comic hijinks, The Alchemist was performed by The King’s Men in Shakespeare’s time, and has had many successful revivals with its combination of sharp wit and unrelenting momentum.e.

Content warning: suggestive language

Venue: Zoom performance on Saturday, January 23rd (7:30pm EDT). Stir up tickets here. Pay what you will, starting at $10.

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Director: Bob Jones

Bob Jones is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Texas, and holds an MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin University. He has worked for the American Shakespeare Center and has directed plays for Richmond Shakespeare and Pigeon Creek Shakespeare, as well as acting for numerous companies in Virginia and Texas. He has also taught courses in Theater and English at James Madison University and at UT, and has served as the assistant director of the Shakespeare at Winedale program in Texas. Currently his research is focused on the original practices movement in the Shakespearean theater.

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