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Conundrum Theatre Company is ecstatic to annouce our first ever New Works Festival! 

From February 23-25 and March 1-3,  writers, directors, and actors will debut new plays at the Victory Theatre Center!

Selected plays

Between The Pages

by Nick Roy

Directed by Nick Roy

A rainy afternoon. We find Tanner protesting the demolition of the Bradford Hill library, one of the last remnants of his childhood in this ever-changing small town. Grace, who’s visiting home, doesn’t at first recognize this library, but after getting closer with Tanner, her fond memories rush in and the two of them reminisce.

Will this trip down memory lane spark a new chapter of love?

Or will it remain much like the first kiss they shared here almost 20 years prior... between the pages?

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Hurt People

by LaDarrion Williams

Directed by Ignoisco Miles


Marcel Bennett - a Black man. Approaching the big 30. A deep thinker. He is a best-selling author who has come home to write his next book. But, of course, he struggles with it. Because he struggles with the past. And now it's bleeding into his present and future. 

Brandon McCarter - Black man. 30. Country boy. The one who stayed behind in a small town. He moves through life with a sadness. But he presses on. Him and Marcel have been friends since they were in middle school. Yes, this Black man is masculine. Not toxic. But he operates in the masculine realm.

Keisha Jackson - Black woman. A good woman, too. Supportive. Loyal. She loves Marcel with everything that she has.

Black Woman - Black woman podcaster She brings a sudden change, wanted or not.

Black Man - A Black Man podcaster who created Sip Talkin' . Fiery passion. Overtly masculine.

BLACK MAN #2 - A Black man podcaster. Softer, yes. But still grounded in both masculinity and femininity.

***these three characters operate as their own world. It's literally a podcast on stage. There should be a rhythm to their speech. They gon' talk over each other, they gon' get heated and talk shit, but it's all love. It's all passion. ****They are to be played by BLACK ACTORS****

Note from Playwright

Dear Black man you have a space to be soft. To be/feel hard. Just explore that. Please. Dear Black woman, you have a space to be angry. To feel unprotected. And you can call that shit out. If you want to be angry, it's justified.

Irreconcilable Differences

by Christopher Akens

Directed by Kamila Boga, assistant directed by Shawn Rios

When Quincy and Gwen go to therapy, they are given a task on how they can keep their marriage alive and away from divorce. When it feels like everything seems to be going wrong, they have to decide whether their marriage is worth fighting for.



QUINCY JAMES – Black man in his late twenties who has been married to Gwen James for two years. Very intelligent and comedic high school teacher who teaches history.

GWEN JAMES – Black woman in her late twenties who has been married to Quincy James for two years. A sports journalist who is very straight forward and about her business.

DR. BARRY – A Licensed therapist who specializes in Marriage Counseling.

STACIE BROOKS – Black woman in her mid-twenties who is a hairdresser and Gwen’s younger sister. There is a softness and femininity to her. Very levelheaded but has an ear for gossip.

MARSHALL JOHNSON – Black man in his late twenties who is an engineer and Quincy’s best friend. A married man who is done with his wild ways and past life.

MARCUS CANTON – Black man in his early thirties who is a Licensed massage therapist.

BRIAN ADAMS – Black man in his late twenties who is a Licensed massage therapist.

JESSICA JONES – Woman of color in her early twenties who works the register at Burger King.

Practice Makes Perfect

by Chrissy Healey

Directed by Bird, assistant directed by Giacomo Thillet

LILY has just been asked on her very first date with the high school hottie, Aaron. She's never been on a date,  and Lily takes dating VERY seriously. In an effort to best prepare herself, she phones her best friend ROGER, who teaches Lily a thing or two about the fun of firsts.

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Assistant Director

Giacomo Thillet


by Gary Kluger

Directed by Rachel Rogers

Twenty-somethings Ricky, his girlfriend Laura, and his sister, Jessie have a big problem. Ricky is in love with his girlfriend Laura, and she loves him…and Jessie. Jessie loves her brother, but is IN love with his girlfriend, and no one seems to know what to do about it.


What do you get when besties get into a triangle – you get Scalene.

the ballad of timo and mel

by AJ Layague 

Directed by Aliza & Talia Berger

Based on the story of Athenians Meles and Timagoras, and the god Anteros, this is a re-telling set in the Old West and narrated in verse by The Cowgirl. Timo and Mel are young cowboys in the 19th century. Timo, born enslaved but now freed, and Mel, have been best friends since childhood. When the powerful Big Z has his grandson, Anteros, arrange Olympic-style games, they recruit Timo and Mel for the (almost) no-holds- barred Pankration. The game goes awry when Mel breaks one of the few contact rules, and he runs away in shame.Timo - and later Anteros - follow him for a confrontation that turns bloody, deadly, and tragic.

Tucked Away

by Joni Ravenna

Directed by April Littlejohn, assistant directed by Stephanie Mayer and Lilia Doytchinova


Three women, Chia, Lisa and Karrie have been held captive on the top floor of a deserted building by Harry for years as part of a human trafficking scheme. There had been four women, but Meg lost her life last year when she tried to escape. Suddenly a new girl, Cassie, is throw into the mix. We’re not sure how she’s arrived to this hell, but eventually learn it has to do with one of the other girls. Cassie is frightened, hysterically so; but there’s no way out but for a forty foot drop through a window.


Harry’s motto is that women are best ‘Horizontal, quietly tucked away’.

The four women, as different as they are, must find a way to connect in order to truly break free.

We Lovers

by Christian St. Croix

Directed by Phone Tha

On a late summer’s evening in a wildly lush clearing in the middle of the woods, four small-town neighbors gather to tell their best, most fantastical love stories. In the tales they tell, an angel falls in love, a woman searches a desert party full of monsters for her ghost boyfriend, an 80s slasher flick final girl makes the ultimate sacrifice, and small town lovers race to escape a falling sky. We Lovers is a blisteringly beautiful one-act play about cinematic love tales and the way they can bring the most unlikely of people together.


by Jim Vejvoda

Directed by Katherine Givens


A woman's youthful, middle-aged, and older selves argue as she makes fateful choices about her life and her freedom.

Inspired by a true crime story.

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