1. Red Barn Theatre presents a unique “choose-your-own adventure” experience from Key West creatives Mike Marrero and Chris Shultz: Oklahoma Smith And The Pantheon of Annihilation!

    Get ready for a wild ride as famed explorer Oklahoma Smith and his trusty sidekick Beanpole set out to find the lost “Book of the Dead” and save the world from the evil Mistress Nefarious. However, they encounter the “Decision That Changed Everything” and realize the finality of fate. But later, Oklahoma has a second chance when a bossy narrator and a hot young librarian tempt Oklahoma back into the adventurous life.

    The plot twists and turns as major decisions in this “choose your own adventure” are decided by the audience. Gun or whip? Run or fight? Kiss her or not? The audience decides! The play comes complete with multiple endings depending how the audience chooses. With over 25 choice combinations, it will be a unique adventure every night.

    Parody, adventure and humor abound in this original action adventure: Gun fights, check; booby trapped rooms, check; sultry women, check; Germanic troops, check; sexy scenes check; heroics, check; tongue-in-cheek asides, yep. And even a song or two!

    Followers of Marrero and Shultz can anticipate the level of comedic entertainment as they chart the path to saving the world

    Oklahoma Smith and the Pantheon of Annihilation is the first full-length play written by Marrero and Shultz.
    Marrero is an award winning artist and co-owner of Art Space Key West. He has directed numerous shorts for the Red Barn as well as serving as co-creative director for Short Attention Span Theatre 2011 and Short Attention Span Theatre 2012 – The Key West Edition.

    Shultz is a local writer and business owner and author of a several, best-selling local books. He has also directed Red Barn Theatre’s Short Attention Span Theatre productions.

    Watch for the obvious lampoon of favorite Indiana Jones episodes, augmented with song, and also, mentions of H.P. Lovecraft and Castro, and an evil Russian or two, as the adventure is drawn to the Pantheon of Annihilation and fate is revealed to be not at all what it seems.

    The set design by Gary McDonald with set painters Rick Worth and Justin Esquinaldo reflects half a world of dark hell holes and sunny days. Elizabeth Love provides a daunting list of props and costumes.

    The cast includes local favorites Landon Bradbary as Oklahoma Smith, Erin McKenna as Mistress Nefarious, Carolyn Cooper as Sally the whore with the heart of gold, Chad Newman as Oklahoma’s sidekick Beanpole, with Brandon Beach and Pony Charvert playing everyone else from Fidel Castro to singing Sirens.

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  3. Directed by Joy Hawkins
    Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play

    Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, March 12 through April 13

    Red Barn Theatre proudly presents Time Stands Still, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and directed by Joy Hawkins. Opening March 12, the gripping drama is about the evolution of relationships set in an environment of intense social issues. It was nominated for two Tony awards. “The finest new Broadway play of the year” said the New York Times.

    Sarah, (George DiBraud) a photojournalist injured in Iraq, and James, (Dave Bootle) a foreign correspondent, fell in love while covering the world’s most dangerous stories and devoting themselves to making a difference. When the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life, the hidden kernels of conflict emerge.
    She returns home after barely surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, and James cares for her in their New York apartment. Her recovery thrusts her into the safe, comfortable world of New York colleagues and couples…a world that could prove more dangerous than a battlefield.

    She’s caught off-guard by James’ desire for family, and by the simple domestic life pursued by Richard, her editor (Doug Shook) and his much younger girlfriend, Mandy (Amber McDonald Good). Sarah’s fiery personality and drive continue while her lover and friend look toward “settling down.”

    The contrast between Sarah, James and Richard’s warm long-time friendship nourished by their shared war stories and the new domesticity of her charming publisher and his much younger — and much more innocent — girlfriend both focus (and blur) the dilemma. Pressed to consider settling into a “normal” life, Sarah must confront her addiction to the drama and chaos of war.

    Margulies’ credits include a long list of awards and prestigious grants in addition to his Pulitzer. His script is a witty, intelligent and fascinating look at what happens when ordinary life is refracted through the lens of war.
    The characters are well-written, warm, funny and human. The central dilemma is recognizable to all of us: What to do when you and the person you love are at different points in your lives.

    The cast is made up of popular local performers. Amber McDonald grew up in Red Barn theatre, daughter of two of its founders, where she was cast as the baby in A Streetcar Named Desire when only a few months old. Her credits in New York and LA include Smallville, Law and Order, As the World Turns, Hide and Seek and many more.

    George diBraud has been with Red Barn since the early days and her credits include The Vagina Monologues, Keely and Du, Abundance, Shel Silverstein’s The Bathroom Plays, The Food Chain, and others in Key West and at Waterfront Playhouse in Key West.

    Canadian born, Dave Bootle has been on stage since the age of 15 when his first paid gig was playing drums along side his British born pianist father. He is a musician and has been a gymnast, stuntman High Fall Specialist and Stunt Fight Choreographer. He is a popular solo performer at LaTeDa.

    Doug Shook is chef at Louie’s Backyard and steps into the spotlight at Red Barn from time to time. The Key West Citizen called him “immensely versatile” in Becky’s New Car, and his role in this play highlights the depth of his talents.

    Director Joy Hawkins, is Artistic Director of Red Barn Theatre and has directed for the Barn since day one, thirty-three years ago. She has also directed productions at Tennessee Williams Theatre and in theatres in every quadrant of the nation. Her performance credits include television’s The Dean Martin Show, Broadway, Las Vegas and regional theatres from Michigan to Florida to Scotland.

    Margulies described the meaning of the play was “to capture a sense of the way we live now, to dramatize the things that thinking, feeling, moral people are thinking about and struggle with.” The Los Angeles Times called it “compelling.”

    The New York Times said “the heart of Time Stands Still lies in the gently evolving relationship between Sarah and James, which develops troubling new ripples in each scene.” The New York Daily News said Margulies “writes with intelligence and humour and creates dialogue that always hits the ear as real.”

    Time Stands Still runs Tuesdays through Saturdays, March 12 through April 13 at 8 PM. Tickets are available at redbarntheatre.com, by phone at 296-9911 and from the Box Office, 319 Duval Street, rear. Save with season subscription tickets for multiple shows! Talk to the box office about group prices for your family, business team or Sunday School class, and the very special “Dinner and a Show” with the Pier House HarbourView Café.

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  4. By Charles Busch

    Starring Randy Roberts as the Mother Superior, with Kathleen Peace, Mimi McDonald, Joan O’Dowd, Nicole Nurenberg and Brandon Beach.

    Directed by Larry Coen

    CAUTION! The Divine Sister Ahead at Red Barn Theatre

    Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval Street, Rear, proudly presents Charles Busch’s The Divine Sister, a gleefully demented comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns, opening January 22. It even touches on DaVinci Code intrigue.

    Female impersonator Randy Roberts stars as Mother Superior, taking his international renown to a heavenly plane. As Mother Superior he manages a swirling chaos of mystery, intrigue, holy miracles, surprising love interests, Russian dwarves and a sinister monk.

    All the players are double cast. Roberts also plays his younger self, a vivacious redheaded Susan, girl reporter. Kathleen Peace plays Sister Acacius, a hearty convent wrestling coach and Susans’s best friend Lily, also a girl reporter; Mimi McDonald plays an imposing Jewish atheist philanthropist and also plays a sensitive 10-year-old boy learning to swing a baseball bat at the convent school; Joan O’Dowd slyly plays a severe doctrinarian nun from the mother house in Berlin and an old Scottish charwoman; Nicole Nurenberg is a fresh-faced postulant flirting with miracles with a surprise counterpart; and Brandon Beach covers the action as a handsome reporter and also an albino monk. They all have secrets.

    “The unraveling of those secrets involves enough plot threads to weave a center-hall tapestry. It’s a process that allows Mr. Busch to summon a host of cultural references to ecumenically themed entertainments. We segue from the sunny environs of The Singing Nun and The Sound of Music … and older happy-nun movies (The Bells of St. Mary’s) to the shadows of nun noir cinema and theater (Michael Powell’s Black Narcissus and the convent mysteries Agnes of God and Doubt)” wrote Ben Brantley in the New York Times.

    The Divine Sister is irreverent and outrageous and promises enough offenses to cover Catholics, Jews, atheists and anyone whose moral values overpower their sense of humor.

    The unholy hilarity is written by Tony-award-winning actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, and drag legend Charles Busch, star of the film Die Mommie Die and author of Broadway’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.

    “Cue the Hallelujah chorus! Mr. Busch is in peak form… his freshest, funniest work in years, perhaps decades.” – NY Times

    The St. Louis Theatre Snob wrote “This peek behind cloister walls will provide you with plenty of rollicking over-the-topness, including send-ups of everything from Doubt and Agnes of God to The Sound of Music and The Da Vinci Code…..Just about everyone in the show has a past, and the revelations that come out one by one thicken the plot with the most entertaining turn of events. I can’t even tell you. You just have to see it for yourself.”

    Larry Coen came from Boston directs the Red Barn production. His direction of The Divine Sister in Boston’s Speakeasy Theater won him a Norton Award. And his previous productions have proved playful and light in a way that critics adore.

    Rick Worth and Gary McDonald collaborate on the set for this play. Costumes are created by Christopher Peterson, known locally for his Eyecons impersonation show at La Te Da and Carmen Rodriguez. Lighting design is by Jules Conn.

    The Divine Sister is filled to the brim with irreverent piety, outrageous sass and “R” rated humor. Don’t even tell the kids you saw it!

    The Divine Sister, sponsored by Conch Color, opens Tuesday, January 22 and runs Tuesdays through Saturdays to February 23. NOTE TIME CHANGE! This production starts at 7 PM. This show, with its provenance and a cast heavy in popular local performers will sell out quickly, so reserve your seats early. Opening night includes a party catered by Small Chef at Large, and mingling with the cast!

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  5. The World Premiere of an Original New Play in Key West!

    Three grisly murders + one tough suspect + one master interrogator = a suspense-filled new play by Key West playwright/ director/ actor Bob Bowersox.

    Witness a riveting conflict unfold between two powerful characters, then add in TWO unexpected plot twists that we guarantee you’ll never see coming! A Red Barn Special Event, sponsored by TheatreXP.

    November 7-24, 2012. Call (305) 296-9911 for tickets or buy online at http://redbarntheatre.com

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