Serials!

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This Winter, Know Theatre returns to the Lightning Cube:

Serials 8: Lightning Cube!

How does it work?

15 minute episodes of new plays, every two weeks, for a total of 5 installments.

Every week, YOU, the audience, votes on which 3 plays will continue for another episode, and which 2 will be banished to a dystopian theatrical wasteland!

The authors of the banished plays will then have to create entirely new stories which will take the stage two episodes later.

The dates for the Lightning Cube are:

Episode 1: February 19
Episode 2: March 5
Episode 3: March 19
Episode 4: April 2
Episode 5: April 16

DO YOU WANT TO PLAY?

If you want your play to enter the Lightning Cube, submit your proposal here!

If you want to act or direct or otherwise be a part of the team for a show in the Lightning Cube, submit your info here and you’ll be added to the Serials talent pool!

(Please note that any info you submit may be shared with writers and directors of shows that are accepted to the Thunderdome).

We’ll curate the proposals, and announce the line-up early in 2018!

  • Serials! is Know Theatre’s biannual episodic theatre party.

    It’s also a new play incubator that helps playwrights see their work on stage almost instantly, bypassing years of workshopping or staged readings to go straight to performance.

    Thus far, six productions have graduated from Serials! to further life on Know Theatre’s stages:

    Serials! 1:
    Saturday the 14th by Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin
    (Second Stage, February 2015)

    Serials! 2: Thunderdome:
    Andy’s House of Blank by Paul Strickland & Trey Tatum
    (MainStage Development run, October 2015)
    Cinderblock by Ben Dudley
    (Fringe Encore Run, January 2015)

    Serials! 4: Thunderdome 2:
    Archie and the Ashes by Tracy Hoida
    (Second Stage, November 2016)

    Serials! 6: Lightning Cube:
    Retention of Disbelief by Ben Dudley
    Space Porn 2000: A crowd sourced musical by James Allen & Robert Macke
    (Second Stage, August 2017)


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    Here’s the line up from Season 7: Mini-Serials!

    The Fountain Drink by Carmel Rechnitzer
    The Fog in “Kiss of the Scarab” by David J. Loehr
    A Shot in the Dark Matter by A.K. Forbes
    Sinner and Saint by Maggie Rader
    Sit Down by Ben Dudley


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    Here’s the line up from Season 6: Lightning Cube

    Episode 1:
    Retention of Disbelief by Ben Dudley
    Dates these days, amirite? by Andy Simpson
    Middletown by Mike Bizzarri
    Space Pornography 2000: A Crowd Sourced Musical by Robert Macke & James Allen
    Half-Cocked by Brian Griffin

    Episode 2 – February 13, 2017:
    Retention of Disbelief by Ben Dudley
    Middletown by Mike Bizzarri
    Space Pornography 2000: A Crowd Sourced Musical by Robert Macke & James Allen
    Wasaktuchatts by Chris Wesselman
    My First Bible Storybook (Adult Edition) by John Bromels

    Episode 3 – February 27, 2017:
    Retention of Disbelief by Ben Dudley
    The Nautical Nonsense and Fun Time Adventure Fun Times Of Spongey Spongey Bogdan by Andy Simpson
    Space Pornography 2000: A Crowd Sourced Musical by Robert Macke & James Allen
    Wasaktuchatts by Chris Wesselman
    Sounds Like Rain by Brian Griffin

    Episode 4 – March 13, 2017:
    The Nautical Nonsense and Fun Time Adventure Fun Times Of Spongey Spongey Bogdan by Andy Simpson
    Retention of Disbelief by Ben Dudley
    Sounds Like Rain by Brian Griffin
    The Attraction of Opposites by Mike Bizzarri
    Revenge of the Venus Flytraps by John Bromels & Henry Bromels, with music by Paul Strickland

    Episode 5
    The Nautical Nonsense and Fun Time Adventure Fun Times Of Spongey Spongey Bogdan by Andy Simpson
    Retention of Disbelief by Ben Dudley
    Sounds Like Rain by Brian Griffin
    Loman! The Death of a Salesman Musical by James Allen & Robert Macke
    Shrimp are the end of the World by Chris Wesselman


  • Here’s the line up from Season 5: Mini-Serials
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    Working Title by James Allen. Directed by Alice Flanders.
    The Interview by John Bromels. Directed by Rebecca Bromels.
    Break by Carolyn Guido Clifford. Directed by Lauren Carr
    Elizabeth and Annie by Alice Flanders. Directed by Jen Joplin.
    Finding the Falcon written & directed by Sara Swartout


  • Here’s the line up from Season 4 Thunderdome 2:Beyond Thunder.

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    EPISODE 1
    Archie and the Ashes by Tracy Hoida
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Murder by Andrew Ornelas
    Wake Up, Andy Simpson! by Trey Tatum & Andy Simpson
    Hold the Sausage by John Bromels
    Life After Death by Chase Johnson

    EPISODE 2
    Archie and the Ashes by Tracy Hoida
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Murder by Andrew Ornelas
    Hold the Sausage by John Bromels
    Pit by Chris Wesselman
    My Messed Upera by Paul Strickland

    EPISODE 3
    *Featured 6 episodes due to an unprecedented tie!*
    Archie and the Ashes by Tracy Hoida
    Hold the Sausage by John Bromels
    Pit by Chris Wesselman
    My Messed Upera by Paul Strickland
    Redscare by Robert Macke
    Vigilante Justice Squad by Rory Sheridan

    EPISODE 4
    Archie and the Ashes by Tracy Hoida
    Hold the Sausage by John Bromels
    Pit by Chris Wesselman
    My Messed Upera by Paul Strickland
    Ricardo and Julia by Nick Pinelli
    Waiting by James Allen

    EPISODE 5
    Hold the Sausage by John Bromels
    Pit by Chris Wesselman
    My Messed Upera by Paul Strickland
    Ricardo and Julia by Nick Pinelli
    Waiting by James Allen

  • Season 3 featured 5 playwrights, 5 stories. 5 directors, 5 casts. Each week we switched which playwright wrote which story!

    Here’s the line up from Season 3 Roundhouse:

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    Hangin’ With Ben created by John Bromels. Directed by Mike Hall.
    Fire Down Below created by Ben Dudley. Directed by John Muething.
    #roxybalboa created by Andy Simpson and Alexx Rouse. Directed by Maggie Kissinger.
    The Good, The Bad, and the Elderly created by Robert Macke. Directed by Rebecca Bromels.
    Real Time Strategy created by Andrew Hungerford. Directed by Nate Netzley.


  • Here’s the line up from Season 2 Thunderdome:

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    Episode 1 – February 2, 2015
    Peggy Hart Mini Mystery Hour by Alison Rampa
    Cinderblock by Ben Dudley
    Andy’s House of [blank] by Trey Tatum and Paul Strickland
    His Satanic Majesties Request by Andy Simpson
    How I Learned to Blog Like a Champ After the End of the World by Nick Carmine

    Episode 2 – DUE TO SNOW, FEBRUARY 23 @ 7:30pm
    Andy’s House of [blank] by Trey Tatum and Paul Strickland
    Barrel of Monkeys by Jon Kovach
    Cinderblock by Ben Dudley
    Happily by Becca Howell
    Peggy Hart Mini Mystery Hour by Alison Rampa

    Episode 3 – March 2, 2015
    Andy’s House of [blank] by Trey Tatum and Paul Strickland
    Cinderblock by Ben Dudley
    Peggy Hart Mini Mystery Hour by Alison Rampa
    The Next Fifteen Minutes by Chris Wesselman
    So In Tents by John Bromels

    Episode 4 – March 16, 2015
    Andy’s House of [blank] by Trey Tatum and Paul Strickland
    Cinderblock by Ben Dudley
    So In Tents by John Bromels
    So This Couple by Kevin Crowley
    A Rolling Stone Gathers No Loss by Robert Macke & Alexx Rouse

    Episode 5 – March 30, 2015
    Andy’s House of [blank] by Trey Tatum and Paul Strickland
    Cinderblock by Ben Dudley
    So In Tents by John Bromels
    Peggy Hart Mini Mystery Hour by Alison Rampa
    A Rolling Stone Gathers No Loss by Robert Macke & Alexx Rouse

  • Here’s the line up from Season 1

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    Season 1 featured six shows that played out in six fifteen minute episodes during the summer of 2014. Those shows were (in order of appearance):

    Flesh Descending written and directed by Chris Wesselman
    Fetus and the God written by Ben Dudley, directed by Leah Strasser
    The Listener written and directed by Mike Hall
    The Funeral written and directed by Jon Kovach
    Saturday the 14th written by Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek, directed by Tamara Winters
    Mars Vs. the Atom written by Trey Tatum, directed by Bridget Leak