Eden Prairie Players created our Women's One Acts festival last year to increase opportunities for women-identified theatrical artists. For the production's second year, we selected plays written by women across the country and hired female directors from the local theater community. But the universal themes explored in these plays appeal to women and men alike. This year, the Women's One Acts festival proceeds with six incredible comedies and dramas. Come prepared for laughs and tears as we celebrate women in theater!
Our 2019 Selections
Between Dollywood and Disney
by Robin Rice
directed by Taryn Verley
A couple has been married for many, many years. She has been trying to help him with his loss of memory of recent events, but on this day he discovers that she too has developed memory trouble. For a long time she has been hiding the fact that can't remember long ago events. Now it's his turn to help her. Together join forces to face the world.
Exceeding The Purchasable Calories
by Rhea MacCallum
directed by Kayla Hambek
In a quest for comfort food one woman discovers the importance of reading the fine print.
by Emily Hageman
directed by Lori Alsdurf
The unexpected divorce of Madison’s parents relocated her to New York City—a place that she has vowed to loathe. Through incredible coincidence, Madison finds a shoebox full of letters belonging to a young woman named Jessica. A connection is formed that will forever change the course of Madison’s life. Narrated by Madison’s older self, Back Cover is a story of loss, courage, humanity, and the painful–but wonderful–experience of growing up.
Creating: The Enticing Esmeralda
by Tabitha Kerr
directed by Tabitha Kerr and Kelly Rohde
The perfect meeting, the perfect phrase when she opens the door, the perfect moment. Romantic perfection doesn’t just happen; it takes work, and a few drafts.
Who She Could Have Been
by Allie Costa
directed by Elizabeth Michaelson
A couple struggles to rebuild and reconnect after losing their child.
The Morning Menage
by Tracey Jane
directed by Jessica Passaro
After a rude awakening by her morning alarm, a woman is torn between two attractive lovers: her bed and coffee.
May 10, 7:30 pm
May 11, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
May 17, 18, 7:30 pm
May 19, 2:00 pm
Tickets: Premium seats $20, general seating $15, available online or at the door. Ticket sales at the door are cash or check only. The 2:00 pm performance on May 11 is pay-what-you-can at the door.
Our winter play for 2019 will be Bus Stop, by William Inge, directed by Stephen Houtz. We're excited to announce that we have selected a new venue for the winter show this year: The Loading Dock Theatre at PiM Arts High School, 7255 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie. This new, more open, dynamic space is a great fit for the innovative directions we want to take for our winter plays, and the parking situation should be a big improvement over the high school as well.
This year we are continuing the new production we introduced last year: Women's One Acts (WOA!), a collection of one act plays by women and directed by women, intended to increase opportunities for female and female-identified theater artists.
The summer musical will be State Fair, with Music by Rodgers, Richard, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli. Directed by Stephen Houtz, musical director Melissa Warhol, and choreographer Brianna Belland.
The Children's Theater Workshop production will be the delightful Bedtime Stories (As told by our Dad) (who messed them up) by Ed Monk. Directed by Dr. Gina Light with assistant director Chris Veninga.
We will finish up the 2019 season in September with the 15th annual Collection of One Acts. We are working on selecting the plays for this production in the upcoming months.
The Eden Prairie Players Advisory Committee meets about once a month to choose upcoming productions, decide on actions, policies, and procedures, and plan for the future.
Monday, April 22, 6:30 PM
Monday, May 20, 6:30 PM
Eden Prairie City Center
The meetings are open to members of the Eden Prairie Players community and the public. If you are interested in getting involved in Eden Prairie Players' short and long-term planning, visiting a meeting is a great first step.