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2015 - 2016 Season
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Towards Zero - Agatha Christie
Mystery


directed by Carol M. Rice, October 22 - November 14, 2015
Neville Strange insists it won’t be a problem for his ex-wife Audrey to visit Lady Tressilian at the same time as he and his new wife Kay, but tensions are understandably high from the start. When Lady Tressilian is brutally murdered, Inspector Battle is on the case to solve the crime. Dame Agatha at her finest!


Four Weddings and an Elvis - Nancy Frick
Comedy


directed by Matt Stepan, January 7-30, 2016
Anything can happen in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas...and does! From a couple getting married by the King himself as revenge on their exes, to arrogant, aging stars tying the knot as a publicity stunt, to a ceremony that really needs to happen before the police arrive, to the nuptials of the wedding chapel owner herself, what happens in Vegas...is hilarious!


A Valentine Murder Mystery
Dinner Mystery


Saturday, February 13, 2016
Somebody in the Rover family will be murdered, and it will be up to the audience to help us solve the crime. Last year’s event sold out in less than a week, so mark your calendar now! (BONUS! Not included in the season.)


Rocket Man - Steven Dietz
Serious Comedy


directed by Jason Rice, February 25 - March 19, 2016
Somewhere in the universe is a place where all the roads we never chose converge. Donny is so determined to find this parallel world he has placed everything he owns on his front lawn with a sign that reads: “Here's my life. Make an offer.” Will he find what he’s looking for?


When Did You Last See Your Trousers?
- Ray Galton and John Antrobus
Farce


directed by Andi Allen, March 31 - April 23, 2016
While Howard and Penny are asleep, a burglar climbs through the window and steals Howard's suit. How is he supposed to make it back to the suburbs to his wife in his underwear? Add to this a punk with rainbow colored hair, a flasher, and a singing telegram Gorilla and you have the ingredients for an outrageous farce!


365 Women a Year Festival
Variety / Festival


May 5-14, 2016
Rover again partners with international playwriting coalition, 365 Women A Year, to present short plays about historical women by area playwrights. The project’s focus is to write plays about extraordinary women in past and present history, bring women back into the social consciousness, and plant seeds of herstory around the country.


Crisis - Larry Herold
World Premiere Comedy


directed by Paul McKenzie, May 26 - June 18, 2016
When a corporation screws up - like, for instance, when the CEO is seen doing questionable things in a viral YouTube video - they bring in a crisis expert. Someone to circle the wagons. Handle the media. Control the panic. That would be Margot Euston. All she needs is for CEO Jack Carville to be completely honest. But honesty is not a part of Jack's business plan.


10-Minute Play Festival
Variety / Festival


June 30 - July 9, 2016
Join us for the winners in our second annual 10-minute comedy contest! Funny stuff from playwrights all over the world!


Heels Over Head - Susan Goodell
Comedy


directed by Frances Seman, July 21 - August 13, 2016
Two total strangers have eloped after an ecstatic first meeting at a bungee jump, but neither suspects a future with terrifying roommates, unbreakable leases, an internet stalker, an ex-boyfriend, and nomadic bouncing between two extreme households.
Rover SECONDS Play Contest Winner!


One Day Only 26
Variety / Festival


Saturday, August 27, 2016
The twenty-sixth installment of our signature play festival, featuring five short plays from concept to curtain in just one day. Come see if we can pull it off again!


Kong’s Night Out - Jack Neary
Farce


directed by Carol M. Rice, September 8 - October 1, 2016
This is the story of what happened in the hotel room next to the hotel room where Fay Wray was whisked out into the Manhattan night by King Kong. There's always a backstory, and in this case, it’s a door-slamming farce meticulously coordinated with the events depicted in the classic 1933 movie.


Think Twice - Ayn Rand
Mystery


directed by Lindsey Humphries, October 20 - November 12, 2016
A seemingly altruistic man uses his brilliant ideas to gain power and control over everyone in his life, giving all of them compelling motives for his murder. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to “think twice” when deciding who you think did it!


2014 - 2015 Season


The Fourth Wall

Fourth Wall
by A. R. Gurney, directed by Andi Allen
October 23 - November 15, 2014
Peggy, a simple upper-class housewife, has a strange obsession with a blank wall in her house, as she has redecorated the living room to resemble a stage set with everything facing this blank "fourth wall." As each character enters the room, they, too, begin to behave as if they are acting in a play, or even a musical, when they occasionally burst into song. Cleverly tackling contemporary topics while illuminating the nature of theater and its current state in America, this is a drawing room comedy by one of the most prolific and produced playwrights in America, with the wit of Noel Coward and the songs of Cole Porter.


The Cupcake Conspiracy

Cupcake Conspiracy
by C.J. Ehrlich & Philip J. Kaplan, directed by Carol M. Rice
January 8-31, 2015

Max is a timid nebbish who sneaks out on a blind date behind his soon-to-be ex wife's back and due to a case of mistaken identity at the top of the Empire State Building, he finds himself up to his neck in a terrorist plot involving cupcakes. Really evil cupcakes. His date with the sultry Natasha could be the most exciting night of his life - if he can just foil her plot and, more importantly, keep his wife from finding out! World Premiere! Winner of Rover Dramawerks' New Play Contest.

Other People's Money

Other People's Money
by Jerry Sterner, directed by Paul McKenzie
February 19 - March 14, 2015

Wall Street takeover artist Lawrence Garfinkle's computer is going tilt over the undervalued stock of New England Wire & Cable. If the stockholders back his takeover, they will make a bundle but what will happen to the 1200 employees and the community when he liquidates the assets? Opposing the rapacious financier are the genial man who has run the company since year one and a young lawyer who specializes in fending off takeovers. This compelling drama explores whether corporate raiders are creatures from the Black Lagoon of capitalism or realists. Winner: Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Play.


365 Women A Year
Rover Dramawerks partners with the playwrights' group 
365 Women A Year 
to present the first festival of plays written in 2014 in Texas March 19-22. This international playwriting coalition, founded by Jesslynn Eisenberg Chamblee, involves over 200 women (and men) across the world who have signed on to write one or more one-acts about extraordinary women in both past and present history. The project's ambitious yet focused goal is to write women back into the social consciousness, as well as empower and promote female playwrights, and plant seeds of herstory around the country.
March 19-22, 2015


One Day Only 24!

One Day Only 24
Rover returns with our famous our famous 24-hour new plays festival!

Five short plays concept to curtain in just ONE DAY!

March 28, 2015



10 Minute Comedies
The winners of our 2014 10 Minute Play Contest
(Plus a Bonus from the Artistic Director)
Rover is pleased to present the winners of our inaugural 10-minute play contest, plus a bonus play! 

The Maltese Walter by John Minigan (1st place winner)

Timmy Perlmutter Goes Flying by Paul Lewis (2nd place winner)

The Cut by Patrick Cleary (tied for 3rd place)
How Nice of You to Ask by Rich Rubin (tied for 3rd place)

The Couch by Carol M. Rice (bonus play) br>

April 3-18, 2015



18 Holes

18 Holes
by Gene Kato, directed by Lindsey Humphries
April 23 - May 16, 2015

Four sets of golfers make their way around the eighteen greens of the Brazoria Bend golf course in Southeast Texas. A father who must tell his young son that his wife is leaving him, a golden years couple constantly bickering over the winning power of a pink golf ball, two slackers in hot pursuit of the beer girl, and a collection of ladies from the Sunset Society (an organization of women who wear orange hats). Guided through the evening by Lyle, the course greenskeeper, and filled with both comedy and drama, this is a true slice of life that everyone can relate to. Winner: 2007 Rocky Mountain Theatre Association Best Play Award.


Suite Surrender

Suite Surrender
by Michael McKeever, directed by Carol M. Rice
June 4-27, 2015

It's 1942, and two of Hollywood's biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel with assistants, luggage - and legendary feud in tow. Even with members of the Navy diving out of the fourth floor windows into the swimming pool and running maneuvers in the lobby, everything seems to be in order for their wartime benefit performance. That is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this riotous love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.


Come Blow Your Horn
Come Blow your Horn
by Neil Simon, directed by Misty Baptiste
July 16 - August 8, 2015

Twenty-one year old Buddy Baker has left home and arrives unannounced at the luxurious Manhattan apartment of his older brother, Alan, a swinging, womanizing bachelor who prefers his carefree life to working in the family business. Alan is only too happy to mentor his brother in the ways of the world, but as Buddy turns into a ladies' man himself, Alan discovers real feelings for one of the many women with whom he is currently seeing and has to rethink his life choices to keep her. This farcical 60s romp was Neil Simon's first Broadway comedy hit!


One Day Only 25!

One Day Only 25
Rover returns with our our famous 24-hour new plays festival!

FIVE short plays concept to curtain in just ONE DAY!

August 29, 2015




Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower
by Abe Burrows, directed by Mark-Brian Sonna
Sept. 10 - October 3, 2015

Julian, a philandering dentist, keeps his many affairs at bay by claiming to be married with children. When he falls for his girlfriend Toni and proposes, she wants to make sure his marriage is really over and Julian must produce a "wife." He recruits his prickly nurse Stephanie to pose as his wife, with hilarious results. This Broadway hit later became a successful film starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, and Goldie Hawn, winning her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.



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