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Gadfly Theatre presents the Children’s Play

Gadfly Theatre Productions is bringing the Children’s Play to the Phoenix Theater on Friday, March 2. Created by Sami Pfeffer, the play follows a being called Prince of Oceans and their interactions with the Girl, the Fool, and the Hideous Monster — each of which embody symptoms of mental health.

“These four main characters explore a strange, bleak world on a confusing and ultimately irrelevant quest,” the press package for the play states. It “inspired by eclectic art forms like mime, commedia dell’arte, dance, and puppetry.”

The Children’s Play is “art created for, by, and with queer, trans, and non-binary people,” Gadfly promises. “This important work features a transgender or otherwise non-binary cast of brilliant actors and movement artists ready to take you on an unexpected journey… that explores gender, trauma, mental illness, and identity around a loose and whimsical narrative.”

Included in the production are Director Immanuel Elliott, Stage Manager Dustin Bailey, and features Khadija Siddiqui, Addison Sharpe, Ming Hsu, Ally Van Siclen, Ari Shapiro, and Riley Jay Davis.

Though the shows name evokes a family-friendly atmosphere, the play is not intended exclusively for children.

​The play will be at the Phoenix Theater on March 2-4th and 9-11th. All shows at 7:30 PM except Sunday matinees, which are at 3:00 PM. Tickets to The Children’s Play are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for a regular show, and features two Pay-What-You-Can performances on Sunday matinees. Please e-mail gadflytheatre@gmail.com for more ticket information or visit their website or Brown Paper Tickets page.

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