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September 2020

A Murder Mystery Memory Play It is a dark and stormy night. Mac, our guide, is a private detective haunted by the greatest unsolved mystery of their career. Cosmo St. Charles, a well-renowned archeologist and academic, dies of mysterious causes in his own home while hosting a dinner party for colorful characters. Surrounded by his elegant wife, prodigious research assistant, aviatrix fighter pilot niece, and his "colleague" Dr. Dutch Ralston; Cosmo reveals a shocking secret that ends in his demise. This outlandish dinner party is a hilarious who-dun-it harkening back to Agatha Christie, CLUE, and film noir murder mysteries. Join us for an evening swimming in rum punch that leads to a night of deaths, discoveries, and deceit.

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Trifles, an early twentieth century play by Pulitzer Prize winner Susan Glaspell, is frequently cited as one of the greatest works of American theatre. Glaspell is noted for the discovery of Eugene O'Neill and is recognized today as a pioneering feminist voice in the theatre.

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Wars are won in the bedroom. Lysistrata, the classic Grecian comedy written by Aristophanes explores what happens when women collectively say "get out, I'm not puttin' out!" The women of ancient Greece have had enough of the Peloponnesian War. They want their men back at home and off the battlefields. Lysistrata gathers the ladies together to unfold a plan of action. The women from Sparta, Thebes, and Athens vow to deny their husbands carnal pleasures until they sign a peace treaty. This ancient Greek comedy explores gender roles and the power that comes with passion. Written in 411BC, this ancient Greek comedy still rings true today with laugh out loud relevance.

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One woman bears the sin of two Set in Victorian England on Lady Hunstanton's Estate, an intriguing family drama unfolds revealing closely-guarded secrets and unforgiven sins. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde satirizes the double standards between men and women in the English upper-class. Over teacups and biscuits insults are hurled and gloves are flung.

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Standing up for your beliefs despite all consequences. Antigone, written by Sophocles in 441 BC, is a defiant story of bravery in the face of an unjust law. This Greek tragedy is sparked by Antigone's loyalty to both of her brothers after their deaths on opposite sides of the battlefield. After winning the civil war, King Creon decrees traitors will not receive a proper burial. Antigone, being a woman of strong belief, defies the new order. This story details the tragic repercussions of her act of civil disobedience and love for her family.

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Is humanity born or created? Qualia, a post-nuclear play by central Florida playwright Ashleigh Ann Gardner, is a dystopian story set 100 years in the future. The world has been decimated by toxic radiation save a few lingering humans. Alex lives alone safely tucked away in a bunker made by her doomsday prepping parents. Her only companion is Dominic. Dom is an omnipresent artificially intelligent program engineered by her mother, a computer science professor. Alex and Dom are the only "living" creatures for miles. Until one day a knock outside the bunker door turns their safe world upside down. This intelligent and modern play explores what qualities are needed to be a part of humanity, and who makes those decisions? Do personality, care, and love make you human; or do you need a bodily experience too? Tune into the reading of this funny and honest play about finding what it means to be human in a modern, isolated world.

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Clutch your pearls and drop your cane. Ever Young, a one-act play set in 1920's Palm Beach, FL follows the conversations of gossiping women about restricted diets, knitting needles, pearls, reset diamonds, and walking sticks. Some of these women have lost their husbands by death, some by divorce; others are finding new romance and reminiscing on the bygone days of love and loss. Carrying a whiff of feminism, this funny play could be a precursor to the Golden Girls. Alice Gerstenberg's play will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, and reveal the "truth of youth".

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The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol presents a virtual reading of George Bernard Shaw's 1912 classic romantic comedy, Pygmalion. Eliza Doolittle, an ambitious flower girl, is picked up as a project by Henry Higgins, a world class phonetician. Professor Higgins makes a bet that he can transform Eliza from a street vendor to a high-class duchess through training in six months. But what happens when this experiment is through? Shaw's play examines class, highlights objectification of women, and pokes fun at the drawing room niceties of the period. It was the winner of the 1925 Nobel Prize and has inspired many adaptations; most notably the musical My Fair Lady.

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