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“Thy friendship makes us fresh
And doth beget new courage in our breasts.”
– William Shakespeare, Henry VI
The wait is over, and I’m excited to finally share Taproot Theatre Company’s 48th season with you! 2024 will be filled with Friends & Families bringing out the very best in each other. Marvel as the power of friendship accomplishes the impossible in The Book of Will and Sister Act. Revel in the extraordinariness of seemingly ordinary families in How to Write a New Book for the Bible and A Raisin in the Sun. And sit back and enjoy the mystery of Sherlock Holmes and the Precarious Position, while witnessing one of the most recognizable friendships in literature.
We designed this season to lift you up because if we’ve learned one thing in the last few years, it’s that we truly are “better together” when surrounded by our Friends & Families.
See you at the theatre!
Producing Artistic Director
By Lauren Gunderson
Shakespeare is dead. But in an act of undying devotion, his dearest friends rally to keep his plays alive by publishing every word he wrote, before time erases them forever. This irreverent and entertaining tale celebrates storytelling, community, and an unselfish act that changed the world forever. For booklovers and history buffs, and anyone whose love has inspired them to persevere.
By Bill Cain
“Write what you know” the saying goes. But when Bill Cain moves home to help his dying mother, he doesn’t have the words to capture the mystery of his own family. Amidst doctor appointments and baseball games he begins to see how seemingly ordinary details become the lifegiving rituals that shape our lives.
By Margaret Raether
Based on the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Corsets, crowns, and a missing royal jewel set the stage for a battle of wits in this tale of deception, suspense, and deduction. When the bookish Perkins sisters approach Sherlock Holmes with a case, they unveil a theatrical scheme of encyclopedic proportions. 4 actors play multiple characters and the mystery turns deadly.
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner
A feel-good musical comedy like “nun” other! Delores dreams of fame and fortune, but after witnessing a murder she lands in protective custody. Being disguised as a nun can’t cramp her style, and soon she’s inspired the whole choir.
Featuring original music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Little Mermaid, Aladdin)!
By Lorraine Hansberry
An American classic! A life insurance payout provides a path for Lena Younger to move her Black family from their cramped apartment to an affordable home in a historically white neighborhood. But racial intolerance threatens to turn their American dream into heartbreak. This 1959 masterpiece “changed American theater forever” (New York Times) and continues to resonate in our hearts today.
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