The Sharon | Schedule - The Villages Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center

Digital Offerings

Snack-Size Plays
Bite-size digital theatre experience

September 25th, 2020 & October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, 2020 & November 6th, 2020

The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol introduces new digital entertainment: weekly 10-minute virtual play readings. A whole play in only ten minutes. These 10-minute plays will be free on Facebook, YouTube and TheSharonStudio.com. Each week we prepare a crave-worthy, snack-size play. The Studio is delivering big stories in small packages, giving you a tiny taste of The Studio in your own home each week. To keep it spicy, each Friday at 1pm we will be offering a new title. Tune in every week for our short play and snack pairing suggestion.

1:00pm

Candida
By George Bernard Shaw

October 23rd, 30th, 2020 & November 6th, 2020

When weakness is strength
Candida, a classic comedy of manners, examines the relationship between a husband and wife in the late Victorian era. Candida Morell, a beautiful and charming woman, is married to Reverend James Morell, a dedicated Christian socialist. The couple have taken in Eugene Marchbanks, a young, idealistic poet without a home. Candida finds herself the subject of a tug-of-war between the two men as Marchbanks declares his passionate love for Morell's wife. This lesser known play by George Bernard Shaw questions Victorian notions of love and marriage; asking what a woman really desires from her husband.

Deborah
By Elizabeth A. M. Keel

September 25th, 2020 & October 2nd, 9th, 2020

A mostly true tale of a revolutionary woman
This play is a feisty reimagining of the life of Deborah Sampson, a real woman who dressed as a man and fought in the Revolutionary War alongside soldiers like Paul Revere. Inspired by the infamous British sailor Hannah Snell, she chooses to swap her fate for a male's and enlists in the Continental Army. Despite its difficulties, she proves a fantastic soldier. After the war she squeezes uncomfortably into the role of wife and mother and saves the family farm by becoming a successful author. This rebellious drama vivifies her astonishing journey straddling the realms of both genders embodying mother and warrior, loner and celebrity, wild rover and wife.

Cosmo St. Charles is Dead and Someone in this Room Killed Him
by Nicole Zimmerer

September 18th, 2020

A Murder Mystery Memory Play
It is a dark and stormy night. Mac, our guide, is a private detective haunted by the greatest unsolved mystery of their career. Cosmo St. Charles, a well-renowned archeologist and academic, dies of mysterious causes in his own home while hosting a dinner party for colorful characters. Surrounded by his elegant wife, prodigious research assistant, aviatrix fighter pilot niece, and his "colleague" Dr. Dutch Ralston; Cosmo reveals a shocking secret that ends in his demise. This outlandish dinner party is a hilarious who-dun-it harkening back to Agatha Christie, CLUE, and film noir murder mysteries. Join us for an evening swimming in rum punch that leads to a night of deaths, discoveries, and deceit.

The Auntie Network
By Elenna Stauffer

August 14th, 21st, 28th, 2020 & September 4th, 11th, 18th, 2020

You have a choice.
Anne, a desperate, pregnant young woman makes her way to the sanctuary city of New York, as abortion rights have been stripped away across America.

Two friends, Bex and Tish, open their home and hearts to her through a secret underground community called The Network, an organized network that aids young women seeking abortions. When Anne makes an unexpected decision she forces Bex and Tish to reckon with the consequences of their best intentions. This modern day tale explores the realities of making choices for a baby as an adolescent.

Ever Young
by Alice Gerstenberg (1924)

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Clutch your pearls and drop your cane.
Ever Young, a one-act play set in 1920's Palm Beach, FL follows the conversations of gossiping women about restricted diets, knitting needles, pearls, reset diamonds, and walking sticks. Some of these women have lost their husbands by death, some by divorce; others are finding new romance and reminiscing on the bygone days of love and loss. Carrying a whiff of feminism, this funny play could be a precursor to the Golden Girls. Alice Gerstenberg's play will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, and reveal the "truth of youth".

Qualia
A post nuclear play by A. A. Gardner (2019)

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Is humanity born or created?
Qualia, a post-nuclear play by central Florida playwright Ashleigh Ann Gardner, is a dystopian story set 100 years in the future. The world has been decimated by toxic radiation save a few lingering humans. Alex lives alone safely tucked away in a bunker made by her doomsday prepping parents. Her only companion is Dominic. Dom is an omnipresent artificially intelligent program engineered by her mother, a computer science professor. Alex and Dom are the only "living" creatures for miles. Until one day a knock outside the bunker door turns their safe world upside down. This intelligent and modern play explores what qualities are needed to be a part of humanity, and who makes those decisions? Do personality, care, and love make you human; or do you need a bodily experience too? Tune into the reading of this funny and honest play about finding what it means to be human in a modern, isolated world.

Antigone
by Sophocles (441 BC) translation by Don Taylor (1986)

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Standing up for your beliefs despite all consequences.
Antigone, written by Sophocles in 441 BC, is a defiant story of bravery in the face of an unjust law. This Greek tragedy is sparked by Antigone's loyalty to both of her brothers after their deaths on opposite sides of the battlefield. After winning the civil war, King Creon decrees traitors will not receive a proper burial. Antigone, being a woman of strong belief, defies the new order. This story details the tragic repercussions of her act of civil disobedience and love for her family.

A Woman of No Importance
by Oscar Wilde (1893)

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One woman bears the sin of two
Set in Victorian England on Lady Hunstanton's Estate, an intriguing family drama unfolds revealing closely-guarded secrets and unforgiven sins. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde satirizes the double standards between men and women in the English upper-class. Over teacups and biscuits insults are hurled and gloves are flung.

Level 1: Online Monologue Coaching

Join us on Zoom

Location: Online
Instructor: Nathaniel Niemi

Free Monologue Coaching! Join Sharon Academy instructors Whitney or Nathaniel online over Zoom for monologue coaching! Whip those monologues into shape! Whether you are memorized or not, trying out a new one or brushing up on an old standby, Nathaniel and Whitney would love to help you out!

30minute time slots weekday afternoons 1pm-5pm

First 30 minute session is FREE. Additional 30 minute sessions are $15.

Lysistrata
by Aristophanes

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Wars are won in the bedroom.
Lysistrata, the classic Grecian comedy written by Aristophanes explores what happens when women collectively say "get out, I'm not puttin' out!" The women of ancient Greece have had enough of the Peloponnesian War. They want their men back at home and off the battlefields. Lysistrata gathers the ladies together to unfold a plan of action. The women from Sparta, Thebes, and Athens vow to deny their husbands carnal pleasures until they sign a peace treaty. This ancient Greek comedy explores gender roles and the power that comes with passion. Written in 411BC, this ancient Greek comedy still rings true today with laugh out loud relevance.

Trifles
By Susan Glaspell

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The secret's in the sewing box
An investigation begins after Mr. Wright is found murdered in his bed with a noose around his neck; the only suspect is his wife. The local sheriff and neighbor return to the Wright's home with their wives to collect some of Mrs. Wright's belongings; when the men go upstairs the true investigation begins. The women sort through seemingly mundane pieces of Mrs. Wright's life finding clues in her sewing box, pantry, and kitchen. What will these women do with the insight they piece together in this not-so "cheerful" farmhouse?

Trifles, an early twentieth century play by Pulitzer Prize winner Susan Glaspell, is frequently cited as one of the greatest works of American theatre. Glaspell is noted for the discovery of Eugene O'Neill and is recognized today as a pioneering feminist voice in the theatre.

Pygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw

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The classic comedic play that inspired My Fair Lady
The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol presents a virtual reading of George Bernard Shaw's 1912 classic romantic comedy, Pygmalion. Eliza Doolittle, an ambitious flower girl, is picked up as a project by Henry Higgins, a world class phonetician. Professor Higgins makes a bet that he can transform Eliza from a street vendor to a high-class duchess through training in six months. But what happens when this experiment is through? Shaw's play examines class, highlights objectification of women, and pokes fun at the drawing room niceties of the period. It was the winner of the 1925 Nobel Prize and has inspired many adaptations; most notably the musical My Fair Lady.

Free Storytelling Online Class

April 15th, 2020

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Join Resident Director Nathaniel Niemi for a free workshop focusing on storytelling.

We are excited to release this Intro to Storytelling class with our Resident Director Nathaniel Niemi! Learn the basics of the importance and structure used in telling a good story. Plus you can enjoy a sneak-peek into The Sharon Academy from the comfort and safety of your home.

6:00pm-8:00pm

Free

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