Playwrighting

Epic plays about Epic Women

The Helpers

The Helpers is a new perspective from of the other side of the most famous bookshelf in history. Miep Gies, an immigrant and secretary for Otto Frank's famous Opekta company, leads a group of helpers to preserve the residents of the Secret Annex and the spirit of goodness and survival during World War II. Based on Miep Gies book, Anne Frank Remembered, The Helpers is a tale of joy, allyship, and friendship during one of history's darkest moments.

3W, 3M, 2 hours 15 minutes

Currently in development

at DePaul University

Like Demons

Set during the backdrop of the American Civil War, Like Demons is a tale of historical fiction based on the forgotten true stories of real women who lived and fought as male soldiers on the battlefield. Their silent heroism, true patriotism, and love of honor come to life in the story of Emma Edmond's journey as a soldier and spy for the duration of America’s bloodiest war. 

6-16GN, 2 hours 15 minutes

Produced at InBocca Performance

"I encourage anyone interested in new plays, new playwrights, strong female leads, female produced and directed shows, stories by women, stories for women, stories of men and women working together for a common goal, equality between the sexes and of course, compelling stories with a great ensemble cast, then Like Demons is a play you need to see"

-League of Cincinnati Theatres

Mary's Monster

On a dark night near the end of her life, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrestles with ghosts: her dead children, her sister, her famous husband, her mother, and Frankenstein, her most famous creation. Death has loomed over her entire life, and now, shovel in hand, she will reckon with it, one way or another.

1W, 85 minutes

Produced at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

and Vanderbilt University

"Rader’s dialogue is impeccable, weaving her own words and Shelley’s together into a stunning, often macabre tapestry. Her performance is resilient and emotionally exhausting. Loss after heartbreaking loss strikes, and Rader lassos the atmosphere of the space, steering its descent into anguish and fear."

-ArtsWave

 

Poster Design by Sarah Beth Hall

Poster Design by Mandie Reiber for InBocca Performance

Poster Design by Cal Harris

Family Friendly Series

Alice In Neverland

Dragon Up 

This literary mashup is a crime caper mystery for audiences of all ages. Join Alice, the best detective in Wonderland, who takes the case when Tinkerbell and Peter's Shadow hire her to solve the mystery of Peter Pan’s disappearance. Upon arriving in Neverland, Alice finds that without Peter, time has been thrust forward, leaving Neverland in perpetual winter. The Lost Kids are growing up (and running off to invest in stock market) and the mermaids lement about being stuck in winter (left to steal crab-shmere blankets from fish). Will Alice find Peter before he grows up?Will time be restored in Neverland? Will Captain Hook ever be picked for the hockey team? This mashup of everyone’s favorite childhood stories will have your audiences laughing, cheering, and using critical thinking skills to help Alice decipher clues and crack the case..

1W, 1GN, 60 minutes

Produced at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Oro the dragon just turned 12, is struggling to learn how to breathe fire to be a “real” dragon boy, and now finds himself in charge of guarding the Great Dragon Treasure! However, when he’s arguing with Meetra, the Muskrat Knight, the Scary Teacher Monster comes and steals the treasure from under their snouts! Will Oro and Meetra find the treasure? Will Oro learn how to breathe fire? Will they learn how to express emotions and resolve conflict in a healthy way? Find out in Dragon Up!  

2GN, 45 minutes

Produced at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

 

Design by Cal Harrisfor Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Design by Sarah Beth Hall for Know Theatre of Cincinnati

The Inventive Princess

of Floralee

This two-person, interactive, fairy tale will have your audiences “thinking like scientists” as they follow the Princess of Floralee on the adventure of a lifetime, searching for the kidnapped king kept in the clutches of a viciously vile and wrathfully wicked witch. Along the way, audiences will help the princess solve a variety of math, engineering, science, and even dance challenges as she uses her brains, wit, and sound judgment to find her father in the land Scalenfell. Our princess meets characters like a figure-skating dragon, a Platypus saving Pirate, a gate with a flair for the dramatics, and a witch! This unique educational opportunity unites science and art by giving audiences a chance to laugh, dance, and think critically about topics rooted in STEM.

1W, 1GN,  50 minutes

Produced at Know Theatre of Cincinnati

Blair Godshall and Andrew Ian Adams for Know Theatre of Cincinnati

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