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A conversion comedy

Straight is a hilarious and subversive excursion into the world of conversion therapy, where gays and lesbians are reputedly "cured" of their homosexuality and made "straight."

"...fabulously intelligent and witty."

San Francisco Weekly

Join acclaimed writer/performer David Schmader as he plunges into the heart of the "Exodus Movement" -- attending sessions with a German psychoanalyst, going undercover at "ex-gay" support groups, and engaging in an intensive crash course in Christian heterosexuality ... deep in the heart of Texas. Read more »

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The Magnificent Welles


Meet Orson Welles. An incomparable master and an insufferable braggart. At the height of his fame, on the brink of disaster. "The Magnificent Welles" captures Welles in his South American hotel room as he slowly realizes that his masterpiece "The Magnificent Ambersons" is slipping away. Read more about Welles »

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And other plays for children. Once upon a time, there was a little f***dog who lived in the woods ... until her Fairy God Penis gave her a Big Pink Box in which a Handsome Prince came to play! Read more about Poona »

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A Southern Gothic ghost story. A cast of 13 all played by the incomparable Troy Mink. Both funny and spooky! Read more about The Haint »

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Enter the mind of a serial killer. Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, and 3 other notorious serial killers make their case ... to you. Read more about Mass Murder »

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A comedy to end all comedy. Join The Neo-Futurists as they attempt to render comedy unfunny... by explaining why itís funny. Read more about Jokes »