2020-2021 Riverland Theatre Season Up-Close

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Categories: Riverland News Area Media Stories Media Release

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Lindsey Duoos Williams
Oct. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 at 7 p.m.
Livestreamed Online

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Almost, Maine
By John Cariani
Directed by Susan V. Hansen
Feb. 24, 25, 26, 27 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.
Location TBD

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. The delivery format for this production will be announced at a later date.

As You Like It
Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub, Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery
Directed by Lindsey Duoos Williams
April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 at 7 p.m.; May 1 at 2 p.m.
Location TBD

Named one of The New York Times’ best shows of 2017, As You Like It is an immersive, dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation where the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars. Featuring an original folk-pop score by Taub and adapted from William Shakespeare’s original text, As You Like It celebrates the power of community and love. The delivery format for this production will be announced at a later date.