Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is the story of Joshua, a young gay man, born in Corpus Christi, Texas, who grows up, falls in love, gains 12 followers, and is utimately persecuted for being just as radical with his message of love and self-divinity as another man from Nazareth was nearly 2,000 years before. Te... read more

Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys have come from eternity to the theater we are in to reenact as “vaudeville” scenes the story of their convictions for gang rape, despite prima facie evidence of their innocence. The historical event was, in many ways, something of a vaudeville. But also, as revealed early on... read more

Dreaming or The Consequences on Hispanics After 9/11

What is a dream? What does it mean to dream? Or to dream what kills, Or to be the dream that may not be a dream. Manny dreams more than he should, he dreams of his bloody mother, and the day bodies fell from the sky, he also dreams there is a God, and some numbers following him around trying to s... read more

Dreamless or The Sergio Urrego Phenomenon

Dreamless is a two-act play, the first act is a one-man show inspired by the letter Sergio Urrego left before he died. In a parallel world, after Sergio dies, he is forced to live the same day as an actor being watched by an eternal theater audience. In the second act, An angel decides Sergio’s t... read more

Edward II

Edward II features playwright Christopher Marlowe's most nuanced characters and some of his finest language. In weak, stubborn Edward II, Marlowe created a compelling portrait of a flawed monarch. Though the son of a great general, Edward is an ineffectual king and, in the grips of a romantic obs... read more

Gee's Bend

Gee's Bend is the story of the Pettway women, quilters from the isolated community of Gee's Bend, Alabama. Beginning in 1939, the play follows Alice, her daughters Sadie and Nella, and Sadie's husband, Macon, through segregation, family strife, and the Civil Rights movement. Throughout their li... read more

God's Country

God's Country deals with racial hatred and a true story about an event in the 1980's. The story is about a white supremacist who commits crimes to raise money for its acts of racial hatred. This group was called The Order. Eventually, members of this group kill a Jewish radio host. read more

Irena's Vow

Irena's Vow is the riveting, life-affirming story of one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. During the German occupation of Poland, Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic, was forced to work as head housekeeper for a prominent German major. Over a two-year period of service,... read more

Journey's End

First produced in 1928, Journey’s End offers a bleak and brutally honest insight into life in the trenches during World War One. It centers around Stanhope, the Commander of an infantry company fighting the Germans in France during 1918. Only in his early twenties, he has been ravaged and dramati... read more

King of the Yees

King of the Yees is a semi-autobiographical play that offers a rollercoaster journey through Chinatown in San Francisco, and Chinese culture in America. The play focuses on Lauren Yee, a dramatized version of the playwright, who is trying to get her new play rehearsed, and up and running. Howeve... read more