Hate Mail

Hate Mail
by Bill Corbett, Kira Obolensky

Productions (112)
  • Comedy
  • 80 - 95 minutes
  • 1 f, 1 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Minimal
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-049-5

Hate Mail
by Bill Corbett, Kira Obolensky

(2)
Productions (112)
  • Comedy
  • 80 - 95 minutes
  • 1 f, 1 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Minimal

Hate Mail is an epistolary play something like Love Letters, with two actors reading letters and other correspondence, but it's a little wilder and more hysterically funny. It tells the story of Preston, a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in Dahlia, an angst-filled artist. Their worlds collide when Preston sends a complaint letter that gets Dahlia fired from her job, and then there's no turning back. The play stays with their increasingly crazed correspondence as they move from hate to love, and then right back again.

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Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

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Play Details

Hate Mail is an epistolary play something like Love Letters, with two actors reading letters and other correspondence, but it's a little wilder and more hysterically funny. It tells the story of Preston, a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in Dahlia, an angst-filled artist. Their worlds collide when Preston sends a complaint letter that gets Dahlia fired from her job, and then there's no turning back. The play stays with their increasingly crazed correspondence as they move from hate to love, and then right back again.

  • Comedy
  • 80 - 95 minutes
  • 1 f, 1 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language and content
  • Set: Minimal
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-049-5

Published Reviews

"Corbett and Obolensky drip sardonic, hilarious acid from their pens, picking apart their characters with enviously articulate and explosively funny letter-grenades."

Twin Cities Reader

"The real danger in making a comedy with a format like Hate Mail is that if the script isn't written well enough, it could easily turn into some cheesy spoof of Love Letters, or 84 Charing Cross Road or any of a few other epistolary plays. Corbett and Obolensky have gracefully avoided this fate in a script that makes numerous clever brushes with social satire that provide a profoundly interesting look into the heart of the human communication."

Russ Bickerstaff, onmilwaukee.com

"The script is clever, the pacing is crisp and the acting superb."

Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman

"Playwrights Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky may have written the snappy, savagely satirical epistolary Hate Mail by snail mail and fax, but the anti-love story delivers laughs with the speed of a flaming e-mail... Corbett and Obolensky drip sardonic, hilarious acid from their pens, picking apart their characters with enviously articulate and explosively funny letter-grenades."

Twin Cities Reader

"Extremely humorous and literate script...I laughed so much it hurt."

Ventura County Reporter (California)

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FEB 17, 2018 - FEB 18, 2018
Generations Community Theater
Lansing, MI United States
Generations Community Theater Lansing, MI United States
DEC 31, 2017 - MAR 03, 2018
Pintello Comedy Theater
Gilroy, CA United States
Pintello Comedy Theater Gilroy, CA United States
NOV 10, 2017 - DEC 04, 2017
Playtonik Productions
Bangalore, India
Playtonik Productions Bangalore, India
AUG 01, 2017 - AUG 30, 2017
N/A
Waubeno, WI United States
N/A Waubeno, WI United States
JUL 14, 2017 - SEP 17, 2017
Bridge Players Theatre Company
Westampton, NJ United States
Bridge Players Theatre Company Westampton, NJ United States
JUN 03, 2017 - JUN 10, 2017
Playtonik Productions
Bengaluru, India
Playtonik Productions Bengaluru, India
MAY 12, 2017 - MAY 27, 2017
Hovey Players
Waltham, MA United States
Hovey Players Waltham, MA United States
APR 25, 2017 - APR 26, 2017
Playtonik Productions
Bengaluru, India
Playtonik Productions Bengaluru, India
APR 22, 2017 - APR 22, 2017
Harwood Prairie Playhouse, Bare Stage Theatre
Mahnommen, MN United States
Harwood Prairie Playhouse, Bare Stage Theatre Mahnommen, MN United States
FEB 17, 2017 - FEB 26, 2017
Conway Community Arts Association (Lantern Theatre)
Conway, AR United States
Conway Community Arts Association (Lantern Theatre) Conway, AR United States
FEB 14, 2017 - FEB 14, 2017
Playhouse Merced
Merced, CA United States
Playhouse Merced Merced, CA United States
FEB 12, 2017 - FEB 12, 2017
Keller Theatre
Giessen, Germany
Keller Theatre Giessen, Germany
FEB 10, 2017 - FEB 18, 2017
M. T. Pockets Theatre, Inc.
Morgantown, WV United States
M. T. Pockets Theatre, Inc. Morgantown, WV United States
FEB 02, 2017 - FEB 05, 2017
Fringe Theater
Key West, FL United States
Fringe Theater Key West, FL United States
DEC 11, 2016 - DEC 11, 2016
Ryan Perera
Mumbai, India
Ryan Perera Mumbai, India
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Rogue Theater
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Rogue Theater
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Key West, FL United States
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Waupaca Community Theatre
Waupaca, WI United States
Waupaca Community Theatre Waupaca, WI United States
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Bay Street Players
Tavares, FL United States
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N/a
Colorado Springs, CO United States
N/a Colorado Springs, CO United States
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Bethany Area Repertory Theater
Millville, DE United States
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Trainwreck Productions
Dubuque, IA United States
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Winding River Players
Towanda, PA United States
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NOV 23, 2014 - NOV 23, 2014
N/A
Port Townsend, WA United States
N/A Port Townsend, WA United States
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University of Canterbury Drama Society
Christchurch, New Zealand
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AUG 23, 2014 - SEP 14, 2014
Elgin Theatre Company
Elgin, IL United States
Elgin Theatre Company Elgin, IL United States
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The Harlequin Theatre
Columbus, IN United States
The Harlequin Theatre Columbus, IN United States
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Crested Butte Mountain Theatre
Crested Butte, CO United States
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1812 Productions
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Pegasus Theatre
Dallas, TX United States
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Home Invasion Theater
Northfield, MN United States
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Fulton Community Theatre
Fulton, NY United States
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Stageworks Northwest
Longview, WA United States
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Sneaky Theater
St. Paul, MN United States
Sneaky Theater St. Paul, MN United States
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North Country Center For The Arts
Lincoln, NH United States
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Brendon Etter's Living Room
Northfield, MN United States
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Clinton Area Showboat Theatre
Clinton, IA United States
Clinton Area Showboat Theatre Clinton, IA United States
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City Of Tarpon Springs
Tarpon Springs, FL United States
City Of Tarpon Springs Tarpon Springs, FL United States
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University Of Wisconsin - Rock County
Janesville, WI United States
University Of Wisconsin - Rock County Janesville, WI United States
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Everyone's Theatre Co., Inc.
Rochester, NY United States
Everyone's Theatre Co., Inc. Rochester, NY United States
AUG 26, 2011 - SEP 04, 2011
Stage II
San Juan Capistrano, CA United States
Stage II San Juan Capistrano, CA United States
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North Franklin Theatre Group
Malone, NY United States
North Franklin Theatre Group Malone, NY United States
JUL 15, 2011 - JUL 24, 2011
Beckwith Theatre Co.
Dowagiac, MI United States
Beckwith Theatre Co. Dowagiac, MI United States
JUL 07, 2011 - JUL 08, 2011
North Franklin Theatre Group
Malone, NY United States
North Franklin Theatre Group Malone, NY United States
MAR 19, 2011 - MAR 19, 2011
Bell Tower Theater
Dubuque, IA United States
Bell Tower Theater Dubuque, IA United States
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Huntsville Community Theatre
Huntsville, TX United States
Huntsville Community Theatre Huntsville, TX United States
FEB 15, 2011 - FEB 15, 2011
Monday Morning Productions
Rutherford, NJ United States
Monday Morning Productions Rutherford, NJ United States
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Theatre Ensemble Of Nashville
Nashville, TN United States
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Dallas, PA United States
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Boca Raton Theatre Guild
Boca Raton, FL United States
Boca Raton Theatre Guild Boca Raton, FL United States
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Muskingum University
New Concord, OH United States
Muskingum University New Concord, OH United States
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Muskingum University
New Concord, OH United States
Muskingum University New Concord, OH United States
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Monday Morning Productions
Loretto, PA United States
Monday Morning Productions Loretto, PA United States
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Studio Connections.net
Tucson, AZ United States
Studio Connections.net Tucson, AZ United States
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Performing Arts Of Saugeen Shores
Southampton, ON Canada
Performing Arts Of Saugeen Shores Southampton, ON Canada
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Ocean Pines Players
Ocean Pines, MD United States
Ocean Pines Players Ocean Pines, MD United States
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Compagnia Dei Demoni
TURIN, Italy
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New York, NY United States
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The Studio@620
St. Petersburg, FL United States
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Emerson Theater Collaborative
New London, CT United States
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Little Fish Theatre
South Pasadena, CA United States
Little Fish Theatre South Pasadena, CA United States
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University Of Wyoming Theatre And Dance
Laramie, WY United States
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Get Out Of The House Players
St. Cloud, MN United States
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Friends Of The Keller Theatre E.V.
Wiesbaden, Germany
Friends Of The Keller Theatre E.V. Wiesbaden, Germany
OCT 10, 2008 - OCT 25, 2008
Friends Of The Keller Theatre E.V.
Giessen, Germany
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AUG 09, 2008 - AUG 11, 2008
On-Stage Players
Farmington, MO United States
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Hartung Theatre
Moscow, ID United States
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Terrell, TX United States
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Williamston, MI United States
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Get Out Of The House Players
St. Cloud, MN United States
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Ukiah Players Theatre
Ukiah, CA United States
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Grande Prairie, AB Canada
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Act II Playhouse
Ambler, PA United States
Act II Playhouse Ambler, PA United States
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Howick Little Theatre
Auckland, New Zealand
Howick Little Theatre Auckland, New Zealand
AUG 17, 2007 - AUG 18, 2007
River Theatre Company
Sag Harbor, NY United States
River Theatre Company Sag Harbor, NY United States
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Summerstage New York
Fayetteville, NY United States
Summerstage New York Fayetteville, NY United States
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Jester Theater Company
Orlando, FL United States
Jester Theater Company Orlando, FL United States
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River Thetare Co.
Hampton Bays, NY United States
River Thetare Co. Hampton Bays, NY United States
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Helena, MT United States
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MAY 17, 2007 - JUN 03, 2007
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New York, NY United States
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From Page To Stage, Inc.
Christiansted, VI United States
From Page To Stage, Inc. Christiansted, VI United States
APR 13, 2007 - APR 15, 2007
University Of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN United States
University Of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN United States
MAR 17, 2007 - MAR 17, 2007
Topanga Women's Circle
Topanga, CA United States
Topanga Women's Circle Topanga, CA United States
FEB 22, 2007 - MAR 03, 2007
M. T. Pockets Theatre
Morgantown, WV United States
M. T. Pockets Theatre Morgantown, WV United States
FEB 03, 2007 - FEB 10, 2007
Eclectic Theater Company
Kirkland, WA United States
Eclectic Theater Company Kirkland, WA United States
JAN 26, 2007 - JAN 26, 2007
Eclectic Theater Company
Seattle, WA United States
Eclectic Theater Company Seattle, WA United States
OCT 17, 2006 - OCT 26, 2006
MarcoWoods Production, Inc.
Woodstsock, IL United States
MarcoWoods Production, Inc. Woodstsock, IL United States
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Ocean Pines Players
Ocean Pines/ Berlin, MD United States
Ocean Pines Players Ocean Pines/ Berlin, MD United States
MAY 19, 2006 - MAY 28, 2006
Stage East
Eastport, ME United States
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APR 22, 2006 - APR 22, 2006
Williamston Theatre
Williamston, MI United States
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APR 13, 2006 - APR 16, 2006
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY United States
Laramie County Community College Cheyenne, WY United States
APR 01, 2006 - APR 01, 2006
Topanga Community Club
Topanga, CA United States
Topanga Community Club Topanga, CA United States
FEB 11, 2006 - FEB 11, 2006
Northern Light Theatre
Edmonton, AB Canada
Northern Light Theatre Edmonton, AB Canada
SEP 16, 2005 - SEP 17, 2005
New College Of Florida Theater
Sarasota, FL United States
New College Of Florida Theater Sarasota, FL United States
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Prospect Theater Project
Modesto, CA United States
Prospect Theater Project Modesto, CA United States
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In Tandem Theatre
Milwaukee, WI United States
In Tandem Theatre Milwaukee, WI United States
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B Street Theatre
Sacramento, CA United States
B Street Theatre Sacramento, CA United States
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Richland Players
Kennewick, WA United States
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Black Box, Inc.
St. Cloud, MN United States
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Richland, WA United States
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Grande Prairie Regional College
Grande Prairie, AB Canada
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Bryant Lake Theater
Minneapolis, MN United States
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Eye of the Storm Theater
Minneapolis, MN United States
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Penguin Rep
Stony Point, NY United States
Penguin Rep Stony Point, NY United States
JAN 01, 2000 - DEC 31, 2000
Theater 150
Ojai, CA United States
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MAR 01, 1999 - JUN 01, 1999
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Ojai, CA United States
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Contemporary Ameican Theater of Columbus (staged reading)
Columbus, OH United States
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SEP 01, 1998 - DEC 31, 1998
Woolly Mammoth Theater (staged reading)
Washington, DC United States
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MAR 01, 1997 - JUN 01, 1997
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New York, NY United States
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SEP 01, 1996 - JAN 01, 1970
Eye of the Storm Theater
Minneapolis, MN United States
Eye of the Storm Theater Minneapolis, MN United States
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Lansing, MI United States
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Gilroy, CA United States
Pintello Comedy Theater Gilroy, CA United States
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1812 Productions
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Dallas, TX United States
Pegasus Theatre Dallas, TX United States
JAN 18, 2013 - FEB 24, 2013
North Country Center For The Arts
Lincoln, NH United States
North Country Center For The Arts Lincoln, NH United States
AUG 02, 2012 - AUG 12, 2012
Clinton Area Showboat Theatre
Clinton, IA United States
Clinton Area Showboat Theatre Clinton, IA United States
FEB 15, 2011 - FEB 15, 2011
Monday Morning Productions
Rutherford, NJ United States
Monday Morning Productions Rutherford, NJ United States
FEB 11, 2011 - FEB 11, 2011
Monday Morning Productions
Dallas, PA United States
Monday Morning Productions Dallas, PA United States
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Loretto, PA United States
Monday Morning Productions Loretto, PA United States
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Compagnia Dei Demoni
TURIN, Italy
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MAR 16, 2010 - APR 02, 2010
The Cardinal Group Productions
New York, NY United States
The Cardinal Group Productions New York, NY United States
FEB 10, 2010 - FEB 20, 2010
The Studio@620
St. Petersburg, FL United States
The Studio@620 St. Petersburg, FL United States
FEB 06, 2010 - FEB 06, 2010
Emerson Theater Collaborative
New London, CT United States
Emerson Theater Collaborative New London, CT United States
MAR 06, 2008 - APR 13, 2008
Williamston Theatre
Williamston, MI United States
Williamston Theatre Williamston, MI United States
NOV 13, 2007 - DEC 09, 2007
Act II Playhouse
Ambler, PA United States
Act II Playhouse Ambler, PA United States
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Summerstage New York
Fayetteville, NY United States
Summerstage New York Fayetteville, NY United States
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Monday Morning Productions
New York, NY United States
Monday Morning Productions New York, NY United States
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Eclectic Theater Company
Kirkland, WA United States
Eclectic Theater Company Kirkland, WA United States
JAN 26, 2007 - JAN 26, 2007
Eclectic Theater Company
Seattle, WA United States
Eclectic Theater Company Seattle, WA United States
AUG 13, 2005 - OCT 02, 2005
B Street Theatre
Sacramento, CA United States
B Street Theatre Sacramento, CA United States
OCT 01, 2001 - DEC 31, 2001
Eye of the Storm Theater
Minneapolis, MN United States
Eye of the Storm Theater Minneapolis, MN United States
SEP 01, 2001 - SEP 30, 2001
Penguin Rep
Stony Point, NY United States
Penguin Rep Stony Point, NY United States
JAN 01, 2000 - DEC 31, 2000
Theater 150
Ojai, CA United States
Theater 150 Ojai, CA United States
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Theater 150
Ojai, CA United States
Theater 150 Ojai, CA United States
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New York, NY United States
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Eye of the Storm Theater
Minneapolis, MN United States
Eye of the Storm Theater Minneapolis, MN United States