LACEY WARD: GIRL DETECTIVE

by Robert Cousins

April 27 to May 1

Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, 825 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

In this interactive mystery, the audience must choose which clues to follow as our plucky teenage girl detective attempts to discover whether a conspiracy exists to poison all of the rich residents of her gated community. We begin with a dying bee colony at the edge of town and work our way up to the dark and mysterious lodge beside the marsh. Choose wrong and the mystery will grow tangled and complex, but there's always hope that the next clue will unravel the whole puzzle. Explore the world of biological, chemical, and mineral specimens as our heroine makes a beeline for the truth.

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THE BACCHAE: A RITUAL BLOOD SACRIFICE

by Euripides

June 22 to 26

Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5, 825 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Dionysus, the newest god in Zeus's pantheon, has come to Thebes seeking revenge. The Thebans refuse to honor him or join in his revels and so he has possessed their women with a Bacchic frenzy, bringing them out to the woods. Pentheus, king of Thebes, stubbornly denies the god's existence. Tempted into the forest to make war with the frenzied Bacchae, he is torn limb from limb by his own mother and aunts, who return to Thebes with his head on a pole where their possession abates and they realize the horror of their deeds.

TALES of the MYSTERIOUS and GROTESQUE: THE WORKS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE

adapted by Robert Cousins

September, October and November

Venues throughout the Philadelphia Metro Area

Four actors bring the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe to life, drawing on the audience to create a treacherous storm at sea, a murderous brick tomb, and the infamous pit wherein the pendulum looms ever closer.  Our journey follows two protagonists through Poe's twisted and horrific world of mystery and imagination. The performance includes familiar tales like the Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, the MS Found in a Bottle, and the Masque of the Red Death and introduces audiences to Poe's "deeper cuts" including Berenice, the Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, and the System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether among others.