Springfield Contemporary Theatre

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre launches their "Missouri Solo Play" Festival on New Year's Day, January 1st, with three one-person plays running in repertory through January 24. Kicking off the series will be longtime Springfieldian (now living in Orlando, Florida), Ned "The Band" Wilkinson, with the world premiere of a show he's written about himself called Firing My Bass Teacher, directed by Rick Dines.  

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Remember disco balls? Leg warmers as a fashion statement? The music of ELO? All that and more will be revived as Springfield Contemporary Theatre produces Douglas Carter Beane's humorous theatrical take on the 1980 film Xanadu November 20-December 13 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza. 

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents the riotous send-up of Shakespeare's Danish prince, Hamlet Vs. Zombies: Something is Rotting in the State of Denmark, Oct. 16-Nov.1st at SCT Center Stage, corner of Pershing and Robberson downtown.  Written by Jeff Jenkins and Bryant Turnage and directed by David Rice, this is a co-production with Jeffrey Markus Productions.  Claudius, brother to the King, has developed a plan to usurp the throne of Denmark and finally deal with their pesky Norwegian neighbors: kill the King, seize the crown...and then bring him and his soldiers back as zombies.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre's September production, Christopher Durang's humorous riff on the plays of Chekov, "Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike," reunites Missouri State University alumni Julie Bloodworth, Jack Laufer, who's been seen recently on "Masters of Sex" and "Mad Men," and Oscar nominee Tess Harper to play three middle-aged siblings in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Durang’s comedy won the 2013 Tony Award for best play and receives its Springfield-area premiere September 11th at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.

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Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents Tribes by Nina Raine, winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Best Play, and directed by Rick Dines, August 7-23 at SCT Center Stage, corner or Robberson and Pershing in downtown Springfield.  According to Rick “it’s a very fascinating play, a beautifully written piece that concerns this very eccentric, academic English family.  I had never read a play like this—it was so honest, and told a story I’d never heard told before.” The New York Times calls Tribes "a smart, lively…play that asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech." 

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