Part 1: A Dream of Jerusalem Part 2: The Great Charter (in preparation) Part 3: Kingdom of the Grail (in preparation)
1189 AD. At the outbreak of the Third Crusade, a young squire named Wolfram von Eschenbach meets a mysterious woman named Fatima who sets him on a quest to stop his own army from reaching Jerusalem, or risk doomsday itself. When the Holy Roman Emperor drowns in Turkey under somewhat questionable circumstances, Wolfram finds himself on the run…and on a strange new quest for an object called the grail. Meanwhile, Fatima poses as a French poet called Kyot the Provencal and finds herself in increasingly dangerous places: the court of the maniacal Richard the Lionheart, the tomb of King Arthur, and the besieged Kingdom of Cyprus.
Song of Rage
8M, 2F - 2 hrs
Salt Lake City, 1914. Detective Carl Carlson investigates the violent murder of a grocer and his son, a case the state of Utah seems to want to close quicker than usual. When labor leader, songwriter, and Swedish Immigrant Joe Hill is arrested, Carl must decide if this is really just a case about the murder of a grocer...or if it's a conspiracy to strangle organized labor in the west for good.
A Play with Music.
2M, 2F - 90 Minutes
When the Trojan War breaks out on Laodamia’s wedding day, she desperately tries to keep her new husband Iolaus safe with her, but inadvertently exposes him to a wider world of politics and power. A nightmarish prophecy ensures that the charismatic General Odysseus has him put at the front of the lines and when Iolaus is killed in combat, Laodamia becomes the war's first widow. How she deals with her grief echoes through history and myth for millennia. Inspired by the handful of surviving lines from Euripides’ lost play "Protesilaos," "The Laodamiad" explores love, war, and loss.
A True History of Lucian of Samosata and His Experiences in the Roman Moon Wars of the 2nd Century
8M, 1F - 2 hrs
A True History is a muppety/puppety high-seas swashbuckling adventure, taking its inspiration from several works by a 2nd century Roman satirist named Lucian of Samosata.
Bad enough that Lucian of Samosata has just been made official tutor to the Roman emperor’s son. Now, he’s been tasked with taking the spoiled young Commodus on a tour of the empire. Alongside the sea-captain Scintharus, a young religious apologist named Justin, and a mysterious warrior from darkest Briton named Adhan, Lucian and his companion go a-voyaging…until a mutiny and a strange storm take them beyond reality itself: a river of wine, a cosmic war between the moon and the sun, the belly of a sock puppet called Glycon come horribly to life…and to the Elysian Fields, the final resting place of Homer himself. Will they make it home to tell their travel tales? Is there a lost Roman colony on the dark side of the moon? And just what is a True History, anyway?
Grim All Day
The tragical comedy or comical tragedy of Joseph Grimaldi and what became of the most famous clown in England and the fate of his family.
Joseph Grimaldi is the most famous comedian in the world. The son of an Italian immigrant, Grimaldi shoots to prominence through the Regency years, alongside his wife and his son, JS. But one night, JS turns up on his doorstep near death, and Grimaldi must face a secret he's kept from his family for nearly thirty years.
A Cure in the House
5M, 2F - 90 mins
Christmas in Texas. It's Hal's first holiday with his family since his folks left the east coast, and change is hard. Add to the mix some booze, Lisa's new boyfriend, and a surprise visit from Hal's estranged uncle and things are bound to get a little mixed up. When Hal "borrows" a car and finds himself doing amphetamines and shooting firearms in a honky-tonk far from "that new highway" with a slightly deranged barkeep named Roy, things take a surreal turn. Waylon Jennings, broken glass, and some memories better kept buried are just a few things in store this Christmas Eve.
Cyclops: A Rock Opera
Music by Landon Marcus Book by Chas LiBretto Directed by Louis Butelli
AWARDS WINNER - NYMF Award for Excellence est of 2011 - Charles McNulty, LA Times Nominated - 3 LA Weekly Theatre Awards: - Best Direction - Best Adaptation - Musical of the Year Jury Nominated: 2012 PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA
PRESS "A Thrilling Freak Show!" - Charles McNulty, LA Times
"Wallows in hedonism gleefully and with style and skill! Go!" - Backstage "The concept is genius!" - KCRW/NPR
VENUES 2014 - Ars Nova ANT Fest 2012 - Alabama Shakespeare Festival 2011 - NYMF 2011 - Pasadena Playhouse 2011 - Son of Semele - Los Angeles, CA
Book by Chas LiBretto w/ Louis Butelli Music by Landon Marcus w/ Benjamin Sherman A glam-rock adaptation of Euripides' Cyclops, featuring The Satyrs, a rock band of shirtless goat men, a flesh-hungry Cyclops with a penchant for singing about the one who got away, and Odysseus, a ukulele-toting soldier just trying to get home.
The Royal Pyrate
A New Musical Book by Chas LiBretto Music by Landon Marcus
"The Royal Pyrate" is a new musical with a book by Chas LiBretto and music/lyrics by Landon Marcus.
It’s 1715 and Sam Bellamy is in love with Mary Hallet. She’s everything he’s ever dreamed of: smart, beautiful, funny…and committed to the principles of enlightenment, inalienable rights, and theories on democratic process. But her family won’t let him see her anymore. Since the war ended, he's been out of work and doing what he can to survive in Cape Cod but he can’t seem to keep his head out of the water…let alone out of a noose.
When Sam gets word of a massive treasure in Florida, he and a small crew head down to find it. But there's no treasure to be found when they get there: just the beating hot sun of the Caribbean and an ocean full of cruel merchant captains, slavers, and a Navy with no use for out of luck veterans like Sam and his friends. Meanwhile, things aren't much better for Mary - she's pregnant and on trial for witchcraft.
Faced with starvation, Sam has no choice but to accept an offer of employment from the unlikeliest of sources…a man with flaming hair follicles named Blackbeard. He reminds them that there are some people in the world who can raid and pillage all they like and be called emperor. There are others out there who do what they have to do to survive and they get called something else…
Will "Black Sam" Bellamy, the most successful pirate of his age and Mary Hallet, the fabled sea with of Eastham survive long enough to change the world for the better?
Or will they burn it all to the ground?
Helen and Her Double
Book and Lyrics by Chas LiBretto Music by Benjamin Sherman
Last Stand at the Seed Vault
3 F, 4 M
A young woman blames a Right Wing radio host when his show inspires a gunman to gun down her fiancee at a tv studio. She begins the task of methodically destroying his life. A play about mass media, violence, and grief.
A Tale Told By An Idiot
Adapted from Shakespeare's Macbeth by Chas LiBretto, Louis Butelli, Robert Richmond