About the author
Aaron Michael Zook has worked as a writer, composer and director for companies specializing in theatre for young audiences since 2000. As an actor, he has toured through every state east of the Mississippi and accumulated over a thousand performances with such companies as Chamber Theatre Productions, the American Girl Revue, Theatreworks/USA, and Looking Glass Productions. His original play We Are Burning appeared in the Orlando and New York International Fringe Festivals. Zook also works as a freelance editor for developmental English textbooks.
This is Zook's second children's musical for Tuckaberry Productions. The first, Kip, the Enchanted Cat, opened in November, 2006 to large and enthusiastic Brooklyn audiences.
Zook is equally known for toe-tapping boogie woogie numbers and heartrending ballads; his charming writing and musical finesse is guaranteed to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences of all ages.
There will be:
libation and refreshments!!
Please join us and share a bit of holiday music and theatrical magic with the whole Tuckaberry family.
Joshua Sloyer, Brian T. Wilson, John Forkner, Matt Bernhard*, Sarah Amandes, Rebecca Overholt, Joe Kurtz, Ziad Ghanem, Brandi Rhome, Jonathan Craig, Lawrence Lesher, Jennifer Lauren Brown, Lorinne Lampert*, Corey Pajka, Cat Johnson*
*appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
In this family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, it's graduation time at Athena High, where four senior students are caught in a love quadrangle with one another and in a power struggle with their dictatorial teachers and parents. Fed up with having their lives run by tyrannical adults, they forgo caps and gowns and take to the woods in an act of rebellion and impetuous youth. Meanwhile, in another part of the school, the Athenian Drama Club prepares to present its final production before the year's end. An emergency rehearsal takes the players to these same woods where, unbeknownst to the school's occupants, a mysterious and mischievous bunch of fairy folk await the arrival of something (or someone) fun to play with. These creatures happily resort to manipulation, transfiguration, and even the kidnapping of a helpless exchange student to satisfy their mystical whims as the young mortals adventure through the forest to eventually find themselves back at school, having learned a thing or two about the price of independence and the power of imagination.
Lu is a foreigner in her own family. Adopted at five years old from a country she remembers only as warm and beautiful, Lu has learned not to ask questions about how she came to be an American. But terrifying nightmares and a graduation day visit from a stranger who knew her as a baby test the wall of secrets that has enclosed Lu all her life.
Joel Shatzky's gripping new play tells the story of a soldier and father who pays a debt of blood by bringing the war home.
Twelve exciting new works will be presented over two weekends of theater. Ranging from the Absurdist to the profound, from tragedy to laugh-out-loud comedy, these one acts explore the depths of the human condition and reach the heights where imagination soars. Each week presents a different group of one acts exploring family, friendship, love and loss.
February 1 - 3 @ 8pm
February 4 @ 3pm
*CAUTION: The True Imagined Story of My Parents' Romance
*Suicide Gal, Won't You Come Out Tonight, Come Out Tonight
*The Fears of Harold Shivvers
*Edging the Cliff
*Snow in Galveston
February 8 - 10 @ 8pm
February 11 @ 3pm
*Fin and Euba
*A Diner, A Shiner
*The Tale of Izanagi and Izanami
*In the Beginning Again
Featuring: Susan Kaessinger, Ed Lacina, Noelle Lynch, Gina Mahoney, Fernando A. Mateo Jr., Sheiva Marie Nader, Michael Nastu, Kara Payne, Christine Rigby, Linda Rucconich
Nine exciting new works will be presented over two weekends of theater. Ranging from the Absurdist to the profound, from tragedy to laugh-out-loud comedy, these one acts explore the depths of the human condition and reach the heights where imagination soars.
"You can expect this to be the last war and then we'll absolutely have peace ever after...how can you reject such a monumental responsibility?"
But alas one war is never enough and KETTLE DREAMS is at large that surrealistic interpretation of the effects of war on the human condition. It is also an intimate portrait of the life of a modest man driven both by idealistic ambition and a basic desire to provide worldly comfort to those he cherishes the most.
Our story is set against the gritty backdrop of a bomb factory amidst an Orwellian world of never ending warfare; and while Arthur, our hero, tries his best, working with the hardened and cynical Charley, to make ends meet in their industry, he is pulled in different directions by his love for his sweetheart Cherise and his desire to provide a satisfying life for her and his son, a life different from that which he has had. A life which his own father died trying to provide.
Through his trials Arthur finds life a sometimes vicious cycle with no rewards but the love of those whom we keep close to our hearts.
Although this text was originally set in a war torn pre-Renaissance Scotland, there are many comparisons between the political in-fighting, betrayal, and ambition to get ahead by any means necessary of then and now. This vision is not meant to detract from the story or the language, but rather bring to life this classic text into our reality with cultural icons.