Thinking People's Theatre presents Quality of Death

Written by Ruth Jenkins

Directed by Theresa Robbins Dudeck

Feb 11-19

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

Sunday at 3pm

A play addressing end of life issues.

What happens when people recognize their end of life journey is beginning but have loved ones and caregivers who may not be ready for them to board that train? The play follows several families/couples who are navigating this process. Scenes take place in various living settings and a support group where the characters explore the pain, humor, and dignity involved in dying.

The author (an actress and speech language pathologist) has drawn on her twenty-five years of experience in home health, palliative, and hospice care as well as experience with friends and family. In addition, interviews with physicians, nurses, therapists and death doulas, some of whom have experience in assisted death and voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED), have greatly informed her writing.

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Swipe Right
Written and directed by Riley Parham
Produced by Blinking Eye Theatre

Feb 25 - Mar 20

Synopsis: What if we talked to each other in real life the way people talk on dating apps like Tinder? Plug into a world where people introduce themselves OKCupid style and Bumble their way in and out of love.

Cast: Morgan Harrison, Tabitha Card, Rachel Ladd, Brandon Molina, Emily Veenstra, Signe Naranjo

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Anatomy of Gray
by Jim Leonard, Jr. 

Directed by Alicia Turvin

Apr 8 - Apr 24

Synopsis:The award-winning author of The Diviners, And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, and Crow and Weasel describes this as "A children's story for adults." When June's father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again; the next thing she knows, there's a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor. At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town's preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. And then the plague begins to spread. Set in Indiana during the late 1800s.

Performed with specific permission from Concord Theatricals

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Casa Valentina
by Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Jason England

Jun 3 - Jun 19

Nestled in the Catskills—1962’s land of dirty dancing and Borscht Belt comedy—an inconspicuous bungalow colony catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men who delighted in dressing and acting as women. These white-collar professionals would discreetly escape their families to spend their weekends safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But given the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, the members of this sorority had to decide whether the freedom gained by openness was worth the risk of personal ruin. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of “self-made women” as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.

Performed with specific permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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Song of Extinction
by E.M. Lewis

Directed by Michael Griggs and Kathleen Worley

Jul 15 - Jul 31

Max Forrestal is going to fail Biology if he doesn't complete a 20-page paper on extinction by 2pm on Tuesday — but his mother, Lily, is dying of cancer, and school is the last thing on his mind. His father, Ellery, a biologist obsessed with saving a rare Bolivian insect, is incapable of dealing with his wife's impending death, or his son's distress. Max's biology teacher, Khim Phan, tries to figure out why Max is failing the class. Helping Max, however, pushes Khim into a magical journey of his own — from the Cambodian fields of his youth into the undiscovered country beyond.

Performed with specific permission from Concord Theatricals

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Kerrigan and Lowedermilk's The Mad Ones

Directed by Chris Byrne

Sept 2 - Sept 18


Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved...

18-year-old Samantha Brown sits in a hand-me-down car with the keys clutched in her hand. Caught between a yearning for the unknown and feeling bound by expectation, she telescopes back to a time before her world had fallen apart. As she relives her senior year, we meet Sam’s well-intentioned helicopter mother Bev and her high school sweetheart of a boyfriend Adam, but it’s her painfully alive best friend Kelly that haunts her. Kelly was everything Sam is not – impetuous and daring. She pushed Sam to break rules and do the unexpected. When Kelly is killed in a car wreck, Sam loses not only her best friend but also the part of herself that was learning to be brave. Now, Sam has to make a decision: Will she follow her mother’s dreams for her, or will she summon the courage to drive away from her friends and family into a future she can’t imagine?

Performed by Special Arrangement with Concord Theatricals

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Oct 21 - Nov 6, 2022

Directed by Shannon Cluphf

synopsis: The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 

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Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story adapted by Jerry R Montoy

Dec 2 - Dec 18, 2022

Directed by Jason Santos


Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

Presented by special arrangement with Playscripts

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