2020 Winter Performances
Join us for Traveling Players’ inaugural One-Act Play Festival, featuring the creative output of our Fall Acting Classes.
Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions, please note that recordings of the performances will not be available after the festival! While we’re disappointed that we won’t be able to tape the shows for you all, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to bring our community together again for a synchronous virtual event.
Sunday, December 13th — 4:00pm
Beowulf (and the Bard)
Beowulf (and the Bard) is a fun, frenetic and freewheeling farce that updates the Old English poem about the warrior Beowulf, who must rescue the mead hall from a hideous ogre (and his even more hideous mother). Told through the eyes of the epic’s writer—a character known simply as “the bard”—the comedy’s events unfold much differently than the familiar story passed down through the ages. In reality, Beowulf is an out-of-shape prince hoping to fulfill the heroic code, while the bard is a desperate poet struggling with a nasty case of writer’s block. This retelling also introduces a new female character: the bloodthirsty warrior princess Gunborg, whose quest to reach her heroic destiny is ignored by her overprotective father, the king. Beowulf (and the Bard) is a comedy about friendship, duty and what it means to be a hero.
The Thief Lord
Two orphaned brothers have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. The leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy who calls himself the Thief Lord. And he has a dark secret. Something from a forgotten past that poses a threat to the boys’ freedom: a treasure so enchanted, it can spin time. Adapted from Cornielia Funke’s New York Times bestselling novel, The Thief Lord is a dazzling adventure about growing up and the families we create for ourselves.
In Dust by Sarah Daniels, a group of students traveling through London’s Underground must evacuate their train. When one of the girls leaves the group to find another way out, she mysteriously enters a time warp and finds herself a girl gladiator in Roman London fighting for her life. Written by one of England’s most celebrated female playwrights, Dust brings present day teens into collision with the past, clarifying what courage looks like.