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A Pocket Full of Themes

The Book of Liz
by Amy and David Sedaris
Directed by Chris Powers


From Dramatists Play Service:

Sister Elizabeth Donderstock is Squeamish, has been her whole life. She makes cheese balls (traditional and smoky) that sustain the existence of her entire religious community, Clusterhaven. However, she feels unappreciated among her Squeamish brethren, and she decides to try her luck in the outside world. Along the way, she meets a Cockney-speaking Ukrainian immigrant couple who find her a job waiting tables at Plymouth Crock, a family restaurant run almost entirely by recovering alcoholics. The alcoholics love her. The customers love her. Her Danderfrock fits right in. Things are going great for Liz, until she's offered a promotion to manager. Unfortunately, Liz has a sweating problem, and to get the job, she'll have to fix it. Meanwhile, back at Clusterhaven, Liz's compatriots just can't seem to duplicate her cheese ball recipe, and it's going to cost them their quaint, cloistered lifestyle. They are panic-stricken and desperate, and sure she sabotaged the recipe. Does Liz go through with the operation? Can the Squeamish be saved? Will the cheese balls ever taste good again? The answers to these and so many other questions can be found in the new comedy from the Talent Family, David and Amy Sedaris.

"…[a] delightfully off-key, off-color hymn to clichés we all live by, whether we know it or not." —NY Times.

"…[THE BOOK OF LIZ] may well be the world's first Amish picaresque…hilarious…" —Village Voice.

"…acidic laughs…linguistic delight…" —Variety.

"Good-natured, goofy and frequently hilarious…" —NY Newsday.

"…laugh-out-loud funny…" —

Published by Dramatists Play Service.


11 Variations on Friar John's Failure
by Yuri Banonovsky

Directed by Chris Powers


From Playscripts, Inc.:

What if Friar John had a second chance to avert the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet? What if he had a third chance, and a fourth, and more, only to fail and fail again at the hands of Lady Macbeth, or Robin Hood, or Tom Sawyer? And what would Shakespeare think?

"...a delightful evening of comedy, an affectionate homage...a hilarious retelling of Romeo and Juliet...filled with surprisingly good verse, [and] outrageous physical comedy...the dialogue is authentic, spontaneous and quick-witted..." --Mark Langton, Marin Independent Journal

Published by Playscripts, Inc..

July and August, 2008

Holly Jo deSambourg as Elizabeth Donderstock in Liz

The Players:
Barry Benning
Holly Jo deSambourg
Lisa James
Ryan Quin
Tommy Hampton
Lauren Schwaesdall
Sarah Burns
Marissa Moyer
Joshua Williams and
Chris Powers
Director: Chris Poswers
Light/Sound Borad Op.: Zak Powers
Assistant Stage Manager: Miranda Price
Digital Photography: Renee Burns and
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