209 Brothers Grimm Stories, In 60-Odd Minutes

The last time Staples Players performed in the Black Box Theater was 2019. When COVID hit, the intimate space near the large auditorium closed.

The seats have been cleaned. A set has been built. This Thursday and Friday (May 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m.), audience will laugh out loud at “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.”

David Roth and Kerry Long direct the Black Box show. Traditional fairy tales are turned on their heads in fast-paced fashion: an acting troupe tries to combine all 209 stories in a little over an hour.

Familiar tales like Snow White, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel are here. So are more bizarre, obscure ones like The Devil’s Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands.

There’s plenty of audience participation — and the audience is PG. Click here for tickets.

Drew Andrade and Mel Stanger as Hansel and Gretel, in “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.” (Photo/Kerry Long)

But wait! There’s more!

Playrers’ 20th annual One-Act Play Festival is set for May 28 (5 p.m., 8 p.m.) and May 29 (5 p.m.). Roth’s directing class students stage their own shows — including casting, costumes and set design — and young actors to show their stuff, in a series of 10-minute plays. Comedy, drama and more come in rat-a-tat fashion, in the Black Box theater.

This is the first One-Act Festival in 2 years.

Players’ Black Box season concludes with “At the Bottom of Lake Missoula” (June 9 and 11, 7:30 p.m.).

This Studio Theatre production, directed by seniors Chloe Manna and Chloe Nevas, is completely student-designed,

After losing her entire family in a fatal tornado, a college sophomore embarks on an unimaginable journey. To separate herself from her grief, she transfers schools and isolates herself, but her sadness and guilt over their deaths linger.

When a classmate makes an attempt at conciliation, Pam finally realizes that healing need not be a solitary endeavor.

Tickets for the One-Act Play Festival and “”Lake Missoula” will be available soon, at StaplesPlayers.com.

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