Season 23

 

 

 

 

 

A full season of work that explores the possibilities of theatre at a distance.

Let’s build a more equitable, more innovative theatre.

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Season 23We Can Rebuild It

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Know to Go – Theatre at a Distance

Stream Team

Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump

On the darkest night of the year, residents of a secluded Appalachian town gather at a local pub, The Gnarly Stump, to share ghost stories and songs. When an outsider arrives reporting the mysterious disappearance of her sister, the lines between story and reality become blurred–there’s more than just trees in those woods.

This world premiere commissioned by Know Theatre pairs a play from Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth martin, the writers behind Know’s Saturday the 14th, We Will Rise: Stories from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, and the live action Disney film Mulan (2020), with songs from Paul Strickland, local fringe favorite, nationally acclaimed story-teller, and author of The Trailer Park TrilogyBalls of Yarns, and co-author of Andy’s House of [blank].

Originally filmed in Know Theatre’s Underground bar, in December of 2016.

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Audio Plays to Go

Teeth by Syreeta Briggs

The LMPD murdered God’s best friend, and it’s been the apocalypse ever since.

Or, the Black woman is god, and we can prove it. This one-woman allegory submerges us underwater to a place called Loo-uh-vull, where Blue, an 8-year-old god, rests since speaking the world into existence.

All’s good in Loo-uh-vull ‘til Blue’s best friend is shot by police in the middle of a fireworks show.

Cue the apocalypse.

As Blue falls to a god with larger teeth, she’ll have to decide what to do with her own. Devour? Smile? Sum’n in between?

A show about the beginning and end of a world and its soundtrack.

Written, edited, and performed by Syreeta Briggs.

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A Report of Gunfire

A political drama that’s at once gritty and intimate.

James Creque stars as a war correspondent stationed in the Middle East in the mid-aughts. When the journalist is tossed into high-stakes political coverage, he quickly learns that stories of international importance can become intensely personal.

Written by audio-drama mastermind David J. Loehr, A Report of Gunfire had its premiere at Capital Fringe in Washington, D.C., before being adapted to an audio drama for Radio Know.

Directed by Know Theatre’s own Artistic and Community Relations Manager, Zach Robinson.

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Count Drahoon’s Feature of Fright

Riffing on the styles of old Saturday night creature-features, the inimitable Count Drahoon presents a double-feature of audio horror.

In “Monster Therapy,” the Count holds a support group for monsters; featuring the Gill Man, Bigfoot, and the Bogeyman. Will the monsters make progress on their self esteem issues and fears, or will they take out their rage on an unsuspecting populace?

In “A Horla Lives in Room 303,” Sophie suspects her neighbor is an invisible creature known as a horla, while her brother suspects that she has either fallen off the wagon or is going insane.

And one more bonus vampire story entitled “Killing the Flame.”

Written, directed, and produced by Taylor Gentry, Sound Engineering by Aaron Trimble.

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Krampus Claus

Many years ago, Krampus, the legendary Christmas demon, faced down and defeated the greatest evil he’s ever known: St. Nicholas, who had begun gorging himself on naughty children. But now, an ill wind is blowing, the chains that bind Nicholas are weakening, and a final reckoning must come between Krampus and the forces of darkness.

Krampus Claus is a brand-new epic action-adventure for everyone who’s craving a Christmas story they haven’t heard a million times already.

Featuring: James Creque, Zoe Rose Davidson, Jared Earland, Kate Mock Elliot, Abe Goldfarb, Kearston Hawkins Johnson, Kate Stark, and Adam Tran. Written by Fringe-favorite, Sean P. Mette, and directed by Liz Carman, with Sound Design by Douglas Borntrager.

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The Election of Miss Rebecca’s 3rd Grade Class

Democracy in Action. (With Snacks and Naps.)

Politics hits the playground in The Election of Miss Rebecca’s 3rd Grade Class, as two little girls battle for an edge to be elected president of their third-grade classroom.

Witty and nailbitingly suspenseful, this play is exactly what you’d get if Aaron Sorkin wrote about recess and snacktime.

Originally presented episodically as part of Serials: Thunderdome! this new audio play version completes the story! Written and Directed by Brandon Leatherland, featuring Merritt Beischel, Andrew Bishop, Katie Groneman, Connor Moulton, Zach Robinson, Alexx Rouse, and Kristen Schisler, with sound design by Douglas Borntrager.

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Haunted: The Great Lakes Ghost Project

The best way to know a place is through its ghosts.

In 2017, playwright Joseph Zettelmaier (Pulp, The Man-Beast) asked readers for real-life experiences of the paranormal from around the American Midwest. Haunted is the play that arose from those submissions. From the light-hearted to the mysterious to the downright terrifying, Haunted explores those moments that stay with us … that haunt us.

This new radio version features Mailyah Gramata-Jones, Allen R. Middleton, Martha Slater, and Kate Stark.

Directed by Liz Carman, Sound Design by Douglas Borntrager

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The Conversation

As his entire nation trembles under the constant high-tech surveillance of a shadowy totalitarian regime, Jack is surprised by an unwelcome midnight visitor. As their confrontation escalates, Jack must ask himself: what would I do to be truly free?

The Conversation by John E. Bromels, was originally produced as part of Serials! and wass revived as a Serials! Bingewatch. This new audio adaptation features performances by Tess Talbot, Andrew Ian Adams, Patrick Earl Phillips, and Elliot Young.

Directed by Kate Coley, Sound Design by Douglas Borntrager.

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Almost Midnight, Almost Jazz

Almost Midnight, Almost Jazz

Patricia’s great love – indeed her only love – is her radio show “Almost Midnight, Almost Jazz.” She’s got no budget and no listeners, but she lives for the 47 minutes every other week when she gets to tell her stories and play her songs on the airwaves. When her station threatens to axe her show in favor of something more popular, Patricia has just one show left to convince someone, anyone, to call in and save her show. But how can she do that when no one is listening in the first place?

Almost Midnight, Almost Jazz by Kelly Morton, with music by Daniel Zimmer, features performances by Jordan Trovillion, Brandon Burton, and Elizabeth Chinn Molloy.

Directed by Zach Robinson, Assistant Directed by Kate Coley, Sound Design by Douglas Borntrager.

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The Last Mother in the House of Chavis

When a TV producer rolls into a small town looking for some juicy behind-the-scenes scoop, Vernon Chavis learns that his estranged son is competing on an internationally famous reality show … for drag queens. The Last Mother in the House of Chavis, by Robert Macke, features the voices of Joe Hornbaker, Abi Esmena, and Angela Nalley, and is directed by Jared D. Doren.

The show first appeared on stage at the Know as part of Serials!, and we’re delighted to bring it to Radio Know, featuring the same team behind its popular Serials! run.

The Last Mother in the House of Chavis is slated to received its world premiere during Summer 2021 at The Other Side of Silence, NYC’s oldest and longest-producing LGBTQ+ theater company. 

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Could’ve Said it Deader

We’re gonna need a lot more garlic bread.

They say Death looms ever-present … but you don’t have to tell that to Tina, who actually shares an apartment with the guy.

Join them as they solve their super-typical, highly-relatable roommate issues, like “who’s been eating all the Oreos?” and “what do we do about the dead pizza guy in the apartment?” and “oh my god, is that a doomsday cult next door?”

COULD’VE SAID IT DEADER, by Alexx Rouse and Zach Robinson, features the voices of Merritt Beischel, Rory Sheridan, Brandon Leatherland, and Zach Robinson.

Could’ve Said it Deader was originally produced as part of Serials! Thunderdome under the title Less Full House.

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Mary's Monster by Maggie Lou Rader

Mary’s Monster

The dead can come back to us. But they don’t always come back nice.

On a dark night near the end of her life, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrestles with ghosts: her dead children, her sister, her famous husband, her mother, and Frankenstein, her most famous creation. Death has loomed over her entire life, and now, shovel in hand, she will reckon with it, one way or another.

Directed by Jennifer Joplin. Featuring Maggie Lou Rader.

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Of People and Not Things

This is the way the world ends: with an intimate apocalypse.

Everyone knows that a bad break up can feel like the end of the world. But what if that’s what really happened? What if the the end of civilization defied summer blockbusters and came free of flesh eating zombies and digital destruction? What if, rather than a frenzied pandemic, it came as a soft goodbye? What if the end of a relationship somehow actually meant the end of life as we knew it?

Of People and Not Things is tightly focused on two people struggling to unearth meaning in the events that have brought them into this small room with you. Thomas is a physicist trying to explain how the end came about. Karen is a former office temp searching for a place in this new world. These two interrelated monologues when taken together paint a picture of life after civilization full of compassion and need for connection.

Directed by Elizabeth Martin. Featuring Andrew Hungerford & Lauren Hynek. Recorded in 2011.

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