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Upcoming events in community and school theaters:

“The Fawn and the Black Oak”

Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma, May 11 and May 12, 7:30 p.m., Info: www.tacomalittletheatre.com

Tacoma Little Theatre presents the swashbuckling adventure tale, “The Fawn and the Black Oak,” written by David Krafchick. “The Fawn and the Black Oak” is a swashbuckler play filled with hidden secrets, romance, ghosts, villainy and the clashing of swords. Based on an event in English history, this story takes inspiration from the great swashbuckler films such as “Captain Blood” and “The Mark of Zorro.”

The story is that of Phillip Scarborough has returned to reclaim his father’s title from an imposter. On his journey, he is captured by the captain of the guard and taken out to be slain, when a dark figure saves him. His savior is Simon, The Black Oak, the African Pirate. In conversation, they make a bond, train and plan to restore Phillip as the Earl of Claremont and avenge Simon’s own experience with Gilbert Hunt, the impostor Earl. Phillips assumes a disguise and sets out for the castle where he meets Catherine Carrell, ward of the Earl, and destined to marry the Earl. Unbeknownst to Phillip, Catherine has her own reasons for wanting to see a change at the castle. Through a collection of characters more of the story is revealed, leading to a startling revelation and an epic sword battle.  

This reading features the talents of Jacob Tice, Cassie Jo Fastabend, Nick Butler, Karen Christensen, Mason Quinn, Cody Wyld Flower, Johnny Neidlinger, and Jill Heinecke.  

Tickets for the performances are $10 for non TLT members, and free for those who are members. 

“Bringing Thea Home”

Blue Mouse Theatre, 2611 N. Proctor St., Tacoma, Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m., Info: www.facebook.com/theothercountry2017/

Enjoy watching the entire play, plus a mini-documentary on the making of the play “The Other Country,” a community-based theatrical event for all ages. It was staged at the historic Foss Waterway Seaport in August, 2017, with five soldout shows. Those unable to get tickets, or who were out of town, can now enjoy a video of the play, created especially to share with the community. Join Tacoma Historical Society in celebrating a classic era of local immigrant history on Norwegian Constitution Day. Admission is $5 at the door. Thank you for additional donations to benefit the Tacoma Historical Society (cash only or checks made out to Tacoma Historical Society.)

“R.U.R”

Pierce College Puyallup Black Box Theatre (Bldg. AAH, Room 110), 1601 39th Ave. SE, Puyallup, May 17-19, 7 p.m., Info: www.pierce.ctc.edu/theatre/201803081110/theatre-production-rur-karel-capek

Pierce Puyallup Theatre presents: “R.U.R.” by Karel Capek. Čapek’s dark science fiction play from 1920 gives us the word “robot.” Short for Rossum’s Universal Robots, “R.U.R.” is a story about artificial life and the loss of humanity itself.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, and free for Pierce College students with ID.

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