October 19 – November 5, 2017, at the Studio Theatre
Two estranged brothers meet over dinner to reconcile their differences. The older is still single having lost his girlfriend to his younger brother who is now married to her and is the father of two. The younger brother resents the older for having been their father’s favorite and having inherited most of their father’s fortune. As the dinner progresses the bad blood between them boils over leading to an unexpected, shocking, and violent conclusion as they fail to resolve their differences.
“This play came to me via a vivid nightmare. I recognized the genesis of such a dream: I had read Seneca’s ‘Thyestes’, which also deals with a family feud. While that play is set in ancient times, my dream was contemporary, just as bone chilling, and perfect for Halloween!” Mark-Brian Sonna
The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents:
A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker!
By Mark-Brian Sonna
November 24 – December 26, 2017, at the Main Stage Theatre
The hit cult show is back for its 11th smash year and this year it will be presented at the large Main Stage Theatre! The Beulaville Baptist Book Club, which is in dire straits financially, mistakenly hires the Velvet Kittens Burlesque troupe to do a performance of The Nutcracker. Winner of the 2014 National Nutcracker Award! Visit www.BurlesqueNutcracker.com for more information.
"The most hilarious production I have ever seen! MBS Productions scores another huge hit with this holiday show that is an over-the-top, must see, "nut cracking" romp!!" Richard Blake - The Column. "An unquilified Hoot." Mike Orren - Pegasus News. "You don’t expect a show that will do anything for a laugh, including dirty jokes, profanity and suggestively jiggling body parts inches from the front row, to have something of social significance to say. Yet, a sly attack on those who ban books lends spice to the R-rated Beulaville Baptist Book Club presents...A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker." Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News.
7 Plays in 7 Days
February 19 - February 25, 2018, at the Studio Theatre
7 new plays will be presented over 7 days. These staged readings will delight, amuse, intrigue, as they are presented for the first time ever to the public. Season punch card holders can attend all 7 plays if they wish and it will count as only 1 punch on the punch card.
The King of Cage Street
By Michael Oatman
March 29 – April 21, 2018, at the Stone Cottage Theatre
The story follows the lives of three characters D-Bear, an ex-con who is trying to cobble his life together, Dime, a transsexual sex worker, and Skully, an ex-convict turned handy man, as they try to survive life in a run-down section of East Cleveland. Their lives are thrown into turmoil when they find out that a rival ex-gang member is being released from prison and is set to take revenge on D-Bear. The play examines the daily lives of these oft-over look members of the black community while celebrating their humanity. The play is filled with humor and the indomitable spirit of people living life on the edge, even while being surrounded and confronting tragedy.
About the playwright: Micahel Oatman is the former Playwright-In-Residence at Karamu Theater, the oldest African American theater in the country. He is only the second person to hold this honor in the storied history of Karamu; the first being Langston Hughes. In 2011, he won the CPAC Workforce Fellowship and the Cleveland Art Prize in 2010 for Best Emerging Artist and the 2010 Lantern Award for Best Play. He has also been featured on NPR's "This I Believe" series. He currently teaches playwrighting at Kent State University and serves as a playwriting mentor at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.
Please note that this play replaces Marianela which was originally scheduled for these dates.
Portrait of a Man
By Mark-Brian Sonna
June 1, 2017- June 17, 2018, at the Studio Theatre
Thomas Lawrence was the pre-eminent English portrait artist of the early 1800’s, and good friend and portrait painter to the young Queen of England. Both were known for their outrageous humor. When a serious and wealthy young man comes into Lawrence’s studio to have his portrait done by Lawrence it eventually sets off a scandal that rocked the monarchy. What actually happened behind those closed doors? The clues are in the painting which Lawrence kept hidden until his death. World Premiere.
“This seemingly innocuous painting of John Joseph Henry by Thomas Lawrence always fascinated me. As I delved into the history behind the portrait I discovered a story that was so scandalous, titillating, and thoroughly amusing, that I was surprised there hasn’t been a book, play or movie done on the subject matter.” Mark-Brian Sonna.
A Lovely Goodbye
By Alejandro de la Costa
July 19 – August 12, 2018, at the Stone Cottage Theatre
Lovely Uranus, Dallas’ most notorious 3rd rate Drag queen, has many problems. The first being men: Lovely has fallen in love with Keith, who is in a relationship. The second is the club he’s working at is closing and he can’t find a new job. The third is the brand of mascara he’s been using for years is being discontinued and must find a new one. And lastly, Lovely has developed health issues which might prevent him from ever doing drag again. How will Lovely surmount all these obstacles? The only way Lovely can: by being Lovely. World Premiere.