ROGUE THEATER FESTIVAL

LIVE AT THE PLAYERS THEATRE

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Rogue Theater Festival is back and bigger than ever! We are so excited to be, once again, presenting our festival live and in person at The Players Theatre. Shows range from 15 minutes to 1 hour long and, we have to admit, they're all so unique and entertaining there's really something for everyone.

 

A MODERN ROBIN HOOD OR SOME SHIT LIKE THAT

By: Monte D. Montecleagre

Thursday, June 30th 

7:00-8:15pm 

Sunday, July 3rd

7:45-9:00pm

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Two actors and their friend put on a show for the express purpose of making as much money off the rich theater goers as they can. All they need is ten minutes, the billing address on some credit cards, a place no one can use their phones, and their trusty friend Jacob.

 

BLACK BOX SANDBOX

By: John DeBenedetto

Thursday, June 30th 

7:00-8:15 pm 

Sunday, July 3rd

7:45-9:00 pm

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"Black Box Sandbox" is a 10 minute comedy.about three men who are marooned on a deserted tropical island.  They are reaching their breaking point.  But things are not always what they seem.

 

THE RAINBOW METHOD

By: Serena Norr

Thursday, June 30th 

7:00-8:15 pm and 8:30-9:15 pm

Sunday, July 3rd

7:45-9:00pm

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JULEY, a world famous wellness guru and creator of “The Rainbow Method,” a technique that uses rainbows to heal others, just completed a stay at The Foundry, a clinic to help her with a trauma. During her release, her manager, SAMI, comes with his own agenda, pushing her to get back to work where all she wants is to stop pretending. As the power shifts, SAMI uses the very method that JULEY created on her. Is JULEY’s method real, or is the power of manipulation the real strength?

 

GET THE GIG

By: Phil Way

Thursday, June 30th 

8:30-9:45 pm

Friday, July 1st

7:00-8:15pm

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Tony, a waiter with espionage aspirations due to having been raised on James Bond movies, blunders into a casting director while practicing his spy techniques in the park and lands an audition. Andie, his coworker and an  aspiring actress, is overcome with jealousy. 
Their friend Kate, an unemployed designer going for a fashion gig, tries to keep the peace in this comedy about everyone trying to get their gig.

 

IN THE DIRT

By: Christoph Gallegos 

Thursday, June 30th 

8:30-9:45pm

Friday, July 1st

7:00-8:15pm

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As two gravediggers in 1930's Virginia bury the body of a man who suffered an untimely death, they contemplate their own ends, the Great Gatsby, and kittens, all the while wondering if God has a hand in any of it.

 

PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN

By: Kyle R. Thomas

Thursday, June 30th 

10:00-10:45pm

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Greg Wheeler's marriage is falling apart. Not knowing exactly how to deal with this new reality, he decides to get away and takes his son on a trip to Florence, Italy. Spurred on by his mother's request to bring home a book about a long-lost Renaissance artist, Greg and his son embark on a journey that spans history, architecture, relationships, and life. They meet a friend there who helps them in their understanding of art, finding pleasure in the little things, and realizing one universal truth: our story is never over.

 

THE THREE PRAYERS ANSWERED

By: Larry Rinkel

Friday, July 1st

7:00-8:15pm

Saturday, July 2nd

3:00-4:15pm

Sunday, July 3rd

3:00-4:15pm

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In the 2nd U.S. Civil War, two Rebel soldiers and friends named Palmer and R.C.
Are imprisoned in a Union tower where they fall for the lovely Emily.
No longer friends but rivals, they are sentenced to fight until one loses his life.
And though R.C. wins, he is ambushed and dies, leaving Palmer to claim Emily as his wife.

 

STATE OF 'DIS UNION

By: Wayne L. Firestone and Sharon Goldner

Friday, July 1st

8:30-9:15 pm

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State of Dis’ Union is a historical satire written about the commencement of the Ukraine War and refugee crisis. The play conjures the spirit of David in a battle with Goliath using an undervalued asset—comedy. The play is told through two voices:  a young Ukrainian President with the power of a trained actor’s sense of drama, a comedian’s sense of timing and a global leader’s sense of courage and bravery and an actress representing the Ukrainian people during the crisis. The play takes place in various settings in Ukraine ranging from a State of the Union address in the Capital, through the imagined street testimony of current refugees around the world who carry with them only the fairy tales and folk stories from their native Ukraine.

 

I ALWAYS KNEW YOU WERE AROUND

I always knew you were around

By: Megan Dean

Friday, July 1st

9:30-10:30pm

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Two employees hide in a break room at a retail department store on the busiest day of the year, Black Friday. As sparks fly between them, something good seems just around the corner. But what is truly lurking on the other side of the wall for Rex and Zena? Could it be hope? Their boss? Corona? Or could it be secrets of their past that threaten their present? "I always knew You were around" is a story of how the desperation for connection comes with an in-exchangeable price tag…

 

WINE FROM THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE

By: Alexander Craven

Saturday, July 2nd

3:00-4:15pm

Sunday, July 3rd

3:00-4:15pm

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Lush piano harmonies and exact rhymes abound in this short musical set in Renaissance-era Italy. The premise is simple enough: one midnight, a rakish thief returns to  Florence, the city from which he escaped the law, to steal away with his beloved. He visits her bedroom and passionately declares that they will live together in the bucolic and peaceful Tuscan countryside. However, nothing goes according to his romanticized plan; the situation quickly unravels as the drama intensifies and the story careens towards its surprising, yet inevitable end.

 

UNTITLED MONOLOGUES 
CHAPTER 2

By: Francesca Bolam

Saturday, July 2nd

3:00-4:15pm

Sunday, July 3rd

3:00-4:15pm

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I often sit on the train and watch the people around me. Wondering about the kinds of lives they’ve lived, the hardships, the good times, the family they may have or not. We live in our own little bubbles where often even the closest to us don’t really know what’s going on. Untitled Monologues Chapter 2 is a continuation of the journey of some of these individuals as they explore therapy and their own dark secrets.

 

VIABLE

By: Cate Wiley

Saturday, July 2nd

4:30-5:45pm

Sunday, July 3rd

6:15-7:30pm

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In a dramatic triptych, Viable  probes the paradox of the female body in twenty-first century America. One the one hand, sex positivity, SlutWalks, no more fat shaming! On the other, the end of legal abortion in half the country. What's a person with a uterus to do?

 

THE RIGHT WHALE

By: Michael Towers

Saturday, July 2nd

4:30-5:45pm

Sunday, July 3rd

6:15-7:30pm

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Two Partners journey with different expectations and experiences on a Whale Watching excursion with the hopes of sighting one of the only three hundred remaining Right Whales in the world.  Will the Partners survive the rough waters and will their timing prove as right as the gentle giant they seek?

 

FIST, DEEP IN SPACE

By: Brody Rogers

Saturday, July 2nd

4:30-5:45pm

Sunday, July 3rd

6:15-7:30pm

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FIST, Deep in Space is a very silly one-act comedy. Taking place on the First Intergalactic Space Traveler (FIST, for short), it concerns two space engineers and their growing fear that an alien may be in their midst. Secrets are revealed and mayhem ensues in this explosive comedy.

 

MY BIG BROTHER FIGHTS MONSTERS

By: Emma S. Rund 

Saturday, July 2nd

7:15-8:15pm

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Embarking on a project to declutter her life, Emma comes face to face with boxes of her brother Jacob’s things, which pull her into long forgotten memories. My Big Brother Fights Monsters is a one-woman show that explores the playwright’s relationship with Jacob, who lost his battle with cancer at just 9 years old, leaving 5 year old Emmie without her best friend. Now, Emma must ask: if these items don’t spark joy can she thank them and say goodbye, as Marie Kondo suggests, or can they somehow add up to the brother she lost?

 

ALAS AND ALACK IN ALASKA

By: Jonathan J. Samarro

Saturday, July 2nd

8:30-9:15 pm

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Seeking relief from the tormentors of her school drama club, twelve-year-old Squirm attempts to run away in order to find the mother she doesn't quite remember. Perhaps she's in Alaska? Or maybe she's just in Squirm's head? Squirm’s a little confused about the story and situation of her family. Squirm also doesn't have a lot figured out about “her” own gender identity or sexuality. A little selfless compassion, acceptance, and support would definitely ease some of her panic. Will her siblings stop fighting long enough to figure out how to quell Squirm's agitation at this very critical moment?

 

ENTERTAINING WITHOUT EXPLAINING

By: Gavin Matthias

Saturday, July 2nd 

9:45-10:30pm

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“Entertaining without Explaining” is a cabaret starring composer and lyricist Gavin Matthias. His musicals have had their premieres in recent years- most recently a run of his musical “The Fourth Wall” at the New York Theatre Festival on the Lower East Side. A lifelong New Yorker, Matthias tells his story about growing up into a world of theatre and how writing songs-particularly musicals- has impacted his life. Guest singers Kevin Torello, Dylan Stanley and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick.

 

SAL AND HIS MOMMA

By: Brian ONeil 

Sunday, July 3rd

4:30-5:15pm

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Sal and His Momma — loosely based on the life of author and counterculture icon Jack Kerouac — focuses on the venomous love-hate relationship between the author Sal and his mother.