The Eden Prairie Players Collection of One Acts is now in its fifteenth year! An annual favorite among theatergoers in Eden Prairie and the neighboring communities, the Collection brings a variety of short plays, comedies and dramas, to Riley-Jacques Barn in beautiful Riley Lake Park.
For 2019 we are presenting a line-up of seven new, unpublished plays. We're thrilled to be able to showcase fresh playwriting talent in this way. We chose these plays from a field of 250 submissions, reviewed by a group of dedicated volunteers. We're really excited about this year's selections!
We are continuing the popular premium seating option this year. For only a few dollars extra you can have a seat with more padding that is front and center. (See pricing for details)
We cannot serve alcohol at the show, but YOU are allowed to bring your own beer or wine beverages to enjoy during the production.
Order early as the seating available is limited and some performances are likely to sell out!
A Collection of One-Acts is intended for a mature audience.
September 13, 14, 7:30 pm
September 15, 2:00 pm
September 19 - 21, 7:30 pm
September 22, 2:00 pm
Riley-Jacques Barn (Map)
Tickets are $15 for general seating, $20 for premium seats.
Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash and check only) or online for a small additional fee.
The Thursday, September 19 performance is pay-what-you-can if you purchase at the door.
Our 2019 line up of shows:
by Anne Flanagan
directed by Glen Stone
Paul is having a bad day. He was just mowed down by a texting driver and now lingers in purgatory, fighting for his life (or his afterlife as the case may be.) His former class mate, Chaz, a successful movie producer, just had a heart attack but figures he can bribe his way out of this BS—even if it means (to Paul's horror) offering his wife Wendy as a replacement.
The Thing With Feathers
by Susan M. Steadman
directed by Tim Williams
Mara, a cynical teenage runaway recuperating from a gunshot wound, meets an injured prisoner, Aaron, in the hallway of an overcrowded urban hospital. The prisoner, who claims to be a high school English teacher, attempts to connect to the girl through the unlikely medium of poetry. Although Mara initially rejects Aaron’s concern with her well-being, the poetry begins to chip away at her wall of solitude.
Just Another Monday
by Kayla Hambek
directed by Justin Cervantes
Mom drives Emma to school every day. It's a typical morning in a typical town in typical America—until a typical act turns Mom's world upside-down.
When Romcoms Go Bad
by Ken Levine
directed by Chad Giefer
Putting a modern spin on those screwball romantic comedies (romcoms) of the ‘30s and ‘40s, the classic trope is set up (beautiful heroine leaves conservative fiancée for former lover who is a charming cad while her best friend offers comic relief) then turned on its ear. Romcom ending you’ve never seen.
The Salty Part of the Animal
by Erin Mallon
directed by Carey Morrison
Two unlikely friends meet at a figuring drawing class. Feet disrobing and key swallowing ensue.
by George J. Bryjak
directed by Steven Ramirez and Thomas Branham
Martha meets husband Roger—a U.S. Army Captain—at the airport as the latter returns from his second tour of duty. During the drive home the initial joy of this reunion is shattered as Martha recounts the problems of working a full time job and raising their children in his absence, and Roger recounts a devastating battlefield experience that has shaken him to the bone.
Making It Up As We Go Along
by Mark Harvey Levine
directed by Lori Alsdurf
Two down on their luck guys in 16th Century Italy try a new moneymaking scheme and accidentally invent a new form of theater.
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 Steven Ramirez, 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, October 21, 6:30 PM
Monday, November 18, 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.