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STUDIO ROANOKE

30 Campbell Ave., SW

Roanoke VA 24011

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We're pleased to announce 
Studio Roanoke's 
2012-2013 season
 

 

Dear America,

By Michele Aldin Kushner

September 20 - October 6, 2012

 

Two teenage boys are under suspicion of bombing their high school. Authorities attempt to turn these life-long best friends against one another in order to gain a confession. Each boy is permitted to proclaim his innocence - at the expense of the other's guilt. As the events leading up to the crime are revealed, the boys struggle to maintain their deep-seeded loyalty and scrambled sense of family.

 

Klaus

By Dwayne Yancey

November 29 - December 15, 2012

 

A World Premiere production!

 

A holiday play for a mature audience, it is a dark and humorous tale of the origin of Santa Claus. Where did he come from? Set in the early 1700s when the Jacobite movement to overthrow the German-born Hanoverian kings of England and restore the ousted Stuart family to the throne was still very much alive, and involves physics, philosophy, treason against the king, a love story, and some cooking.

 

A Month of Sundays

By Tearrance Chisholm

February 7 - 23, 2013

 

Studio Roanoke's first all-African American production

 

1955 Benjamin, Missouri. Nickel shows up on Cindy's doorstep after a many year departure. Will the love they had see them through? Is the past enough to overcome the ghosts of a painful estrangement? The skeletons that lie in the depths of the separation are powerful enough to scar the present relationship - but the strange unearthly knowledge that Cindy possess will change things forever. An invigorating new play that challenges the heart the head and the perception of reality.

 

Lorem Ipsum

By Ben R. Williams

April 11 - 27, 2013

 

A World Premiere production!

 

One evening, while Two upper-class couples settle in for wine and reverie, an interloper disrupts their get-together and  their petty problems are suddenly thrown into stark perspective. Is this man a violent home invader, a philosopher, or a force of chaos? Lorem Ipsum is a tense psychological thriller exploring the unknown, the utility (or futility) of reason, and the meaning of pain itself. 

 

Recommended Reading for Girls

By Ellen Struve

June 13 - 29, 2013

 

When Amy and her sister return to their childhood home to care for their ailing mother, Amy discovers the presence of uninvited guests from her favorite childhood novels. A beloved crew of heroines turns the household topsy-turvy as Amy struggles to reconcile with the stories and the people she loves, and the stories she has told herself in this warm, funny, fanciful play. 

 

2011-12 Season

Special engagement!
Messages to You
 
A lonely young woman tries to communicate with her love through the computer screen with the help of a few musical numbers and “'The Braidies”' – her six guinea pigs.
 Written and directed by Sunny da Silva
 July 1-2, 2011
 Friday at 9PM; Saturday at 7PM 
 Advance seats $15; $20 at the door
 $12 for seniors, students and active military

Man with Wings
In 1971, a small-town sheriff bears witness to a tragic and inexplicable event. Forty years later, a free-lance writer and investigator of unexplained phenomena arrives at the sheriff’s run-down apartment, desperate to learn the truth behind the so-called “Thunderbird Incident.” But the answer the sheriff offers may not be what the writer hoped for; the truth may be worse by far. 
Written by Ben R. Williams  Directed by Kenley Smith
August 10-21, 2011
Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM sharp; 2PM Sunday matinee
Advance seats still just $15; $20 at the door
$12 for seniors, students and active military

Zombie Boyfriend! 
After a tragic accident, a naive college girl makes a deal with the devil to bring her boyfriend back from the dead. She gets more than she bargained for, however, when he comes back as a zombie. As the zombie infection spreads, she and her friends must battle the forces of darkness to save themselves...and the world.  Rock on!
Music, book & lyrics by Will Coleman and Chandler Davis
September 21-October 2, 2011
Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM sharp; 2PM Sunday matinee
Advance seats still just $15; $20 at the door
$12 for seniors, students and active military

Special engagement!
Other Animals
dark funny disturbing monologs and stupid tasteless videos  
Writer-performer-media-artist-former-goaltender Deke Weaver’s solo performance tastes a little bit like Monty Python, a little like Spalding Gray with a hint of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.  The evening bubbles with the gothic (a heartbreaking love triangle: a fuzzy kitty, a fuzzy puppy and an evil vampire pig), the tragic (a tale of disaster: a park ranger presents an aviary of hawks and eagles to an elementary school assembly), and the mythic (a lean haunting parable of a bottomless appetite and the beast within).  Weaver has presented versions of Other Animals in Cardiff, Wales; New York; San Francisco, the Midwest and New England.
Written and performed by Deke Weaver
November 3-6, 2011
Thursday through Saturday at 8PM sharp; 2PM Sunday matinee
Advance seats still just $15; $20 at the door
$12 for seniors, students and active military

The Crimes & Confessions
of Kip Knutzen:  A Hockey Way
of Knowledge

It’s 1978.  The Demon’s high school hockey coach is Kip Knutzen.  He lives in Devil Lakes, Minnesota, with his wife Katie and their twin teen daughters Heidi and Helga.  The Demon’s captain is Tool Halvorson.  The Twins read minds.  Pheasants talk to Kip.  And Tool can seduce anything on the planet – dead or alive.  But it’s no big deal.  This is Minnesota.  It’s normal.  It’s probably as normal as can be.  The Crimes & Confessions of Kip Knutzen is a hilarious, dark quest for soul, truth and love in the fish-huts, church youth-groups, rabid hockey arenas and frozen prairies of a small northern Minnesota town.  It’s equal parts John Irving, Fargo, Carlos Castaneda, Slap Shot, Kevin Kling and early Garrison Keillor.
Written by Deke Weaver
November 30-December 11, 2011
Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM sharp; 2PM Sunday matinee
Advance seats still just $15; $20 at the door
$12 for seniors, students and active military

The Emancipation of Alabaster McGill
The city's most eligible sea captain, the deacon of the local church brothel and your friendly neighborhood Klansman band together to save the town of Mud Hill from becoming just another Slippery Slope.  Ripped from the headlines (of 1863)!
Written by Jeff Goode  Directed by Cheryl Snodgrass
February 1-12, 2012

Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM sharp; 2PM Sunday matinee
Advance seats still just $15; $20 at the door
$12 for seniors, students and active military

Nobody Gets Paid
Take a glimpse backstage, where musicians sing their songs in prose, using humor, candor and a fair amount of foul language.  Whether the trial is quitting cigarettes, surviving a cruise ship gig or dealing with the day job, the characters tell us what makes the jazz life worth the struggle.
by Ellen Struve   Musical direction by William Penn
March 7-18, 2012
Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM sharp; 2PM Sunday matinee
Advance seats still just $15; $20 at the door
$12 for seniors, students and active military

Monkey Wrench 
"This is your chance to learn heartwarmin’ life lessons from a down-on-his-luck curmudgeon," the title character tells a jaded real-estate developer.  Is it a Hallmark moment, or one man’s surreal nightmare?  Good  times!
Written by Kenley Smith
April 11-22, 2012
Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM sharp; 2PM Sunday matinee
Advance seats still just $15; $20 at the door
$12 for seniors, students and active military

 
57 Hours in the House of Culture  
In October 2002, Chechen terrorists seized a theatre in Moscow 
and hundreds died during a failed rescue attempt involving poison
gas. Now, night after night, the ghosts of the dead theatre-goers 
relive the terrifying experience of being held hostage.
Written by Dwayne Yancey
May 16-27, 2012
Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM sharp; 2PM Sunday matinee 
Advance seats still just $15; $20 at the door
$12 for seniors, students and active military
 
To the New Girl From the Former 
Mrs. ___________:  Sound Advice 
for My Husband's New Wife 
or Mistress
Written by Samantha Macher
Directed by Cheryl Snodgrass
Ten women give considered advice – sometimes poignant, 
sometimes hilarious – to their husbands’ new flames.
June 20-July 1, 2012
Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM sharp; 2PM Sunday matinee 
Advance seats still just $15; $20 at the door
$12 for seniors, students and active military 

 

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