Rover Dramawerks Announces 17th Season

Rover Dramawerks is pleased to announce their 17th Season of plays "off the beaten path." Rover will present seven mainstage plays and two festivals, plus a bonus Valentine's Day murder mystery, two new youth shows, and two of their iconic One Day Only play festivals.

The season begins in January 2017 with Katherine diSavinio's romantic comedy, Things My Mother Taught Me, directed by Rover's Executive Artistic Director Carol M. Rice, running January 12 - February 4. When Olivia and Gabe move into their first apartment together, everything that can go wrong does go wrong: from both sets of parents arriving to help them move to their moving van being stolen. Is this really how they want to start their lives off together?

For the third year in a row, Rover has hosted a new full-length play contest, and Bigger by Ron Peer is this year's winner. Directed by Rick Tuman, this World Premiere comedy will run March 9 - April 1, 2017. Plastic surgeon John Swift is in BIG trouble...he's in debt to loan sharks, the FBI wants him to help bring down a ruthless mobster, and he's gotten both his wife and the mobster's girlfriend pregnant. You won't believe how he gets out of it!

Rover is excited to once again present our 365 Women a Year Festival, running April 6-15, 2017. For the third year, Rover partners with international playwriting coalition, 365 Women A Year, to present short plays about historical women. The project's focus is to write plays about extraordinary women in past and present history, bring women back into the social consciousness, and plant seeds of herstory around the country.

Move Over, Mrs. Markham by Ray Cooney & John Chapman, directed by Paul McKenzie, follows, running May 4-27, 2017. This riotous British farce exposes the intricacies and complications that ensue when three different sets of hopeful lovers all converge on the bedroom of the Markham's supposedly empty flat, assuring a hectic and hilarious evening for all.

Whose Under Where? by Marcia Cash and Doug Hughes, directed by Frances Seman, is next, running June 8 - July 1. 2017. Jane and Sybil have rented a hotel suite for a very private showing of their new lingerie line for famous Italian designer Bruno Fruferelli...but their jealous husbands arrive, having jumped to the wrong conclusions! Giddy farce in the classic tradition.

The winners of Rover's third annual 10-minute comedy contest will be featured in our 10-Minute Play Festival, running July 20-29, 2017. Rover receives more than 300 comedies for this contest from playwrights all over the world, and this year the festival will again be included as part of the regular season.

Next we have the comedy Dear Delinquent by Jack Poppelwell, directed by Carol M. Rice, running August 10 - September 2, 2017. When David finds pretty Penelope robbing his apartment, he decides he must reform her. His fiancée is not particularly enthusiastic about the idea, the police just want to find his neighbor's missing jewels, and Penelope decides she just wants David!

The William Inge classic, Bus Stop, follows September 14 - October 7, 2017, directed by Matt Stepan. A snowstorm leaves weary bus passengers holed up at a roadside diner over night. Cherie is being pursued by a headstrong cowboy in love who's ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana to marry him. The classic film starred Marilyn Monroe.

Closing out the season October 26 - November 18, 2017 is the mystery Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horrorby Anthony Dodge & Marcia Milgrom Dodge, directed by Paul McKenzie. A theatre critic has been murdered, and Holmes and Watson are soon visited by aspiring Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who entices Holmes to take the case. Featuring some of the most famous literary luminaries of the day, this is a rollicking whodunit!

17th Season tickets are now on sale for just $150.00 for nine shows: the seven mainstage productions, 365 Women a Year, and the 10-Minute Play Festival.

Bonus shows not included in the regular season include the return of our interactive dinner theatre, Death Imitates Art: A Valentine Murder Mystery on February 10-11, 2017. We will also have two offerings of Rover's signature One Day Only festival on April 22, 2017 and October 14, 2017, in which five short plays go from concept to curtain in just 24 hours. New this season, Rover will present two shows for youth performers ages 10-18: Murder in the Knife Room by Jonathan Rand will run February 23-25, 2017, and Miss Millions by Glenn Hughes will run July 13-15, 2017.

Rover's SWEET 16 Season also continues with the hilarious farce Kong's Night Out by Jack Neary September 8 - October 1, 2016 and Ayn Rand's rarely performed thriller Think Twice October 20 - November 12, 2016.

For more information about Rover Dramawerks' 17th Season, to purchase season or single tickets, and for information on renting the theatre, please visit the website at or call 972-849-0358.

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