The Actor’s Factory’s “Novel Ideas”

(Originally posted March 2011.)


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Seven short works performed by the youth troupe, 7:30 pm on 3/11-12 and 2:30 pm, 3/13, Stoughton Opera House. $5. 877-4400When: Daily until 03/13/11
Cost: $5 donation
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The Actors Factory presents “Novel Ideas”

Fri & Sat March 11 & 12 (7:30pm)

March 13 (2:30 Matinee)

Tickets: $5 at door, general admission

Actor’s Factory presents “Novel Ideas,” new works by 7 talented writers, including both established local playwrights and young alumni of Actor’s Factory. The show features new takes on classic literature by Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Miguel de Cervantes.

The Actor’s Factory is a youth performance group seeking to produce vibrant and sophisticated theater for audiences of all ages.

“It is not just good youth theater, it’s good theater, period!” ~

Jerry Shenk, Channel 3 Movie Critic
For Immediate Release: Actor’s Factory Presents “Novel Ideas”

March 11, 12 and 13, Stoughton youth theater company Actor’s Factory will take to the stage and turn classic literature on its head in “Novel Ideas,” a show featuring short plays about great stories, all written specially for the company by great local playwrights.

Actor’s Factory performers are kids between the ages of eleven and seventeen — but, says director Deanna Reed, that doesn’t mean that they perform kids’ theater. Her vision for the troupe she founded in 2003 is simple: “I want people to leave the theater thinking they just saw a genuinely great piece of theater that just happened to be performed by youth.”

Reed, a highly praised director and actor, has worked locally with, among others, the Savoyards, Broom Street Theatre, and the Mercury Players. She gives company members rigorous, formal theatrical training as they prepare for each year’s production, explaining, “I want the kids to approach theater like adults.”

This approach has paid off, says Marcy Weiland, former artistic director of Mercury Players Theatre. “Calling the Actor’s Factory a ‘children’s theater’ does not do it justice; it is a superb theater company of young actors. The children’s acting is sensational, both technically proficient and emotionally true. Director Deanna Reed and her designers take their jobs seriously, and inspire these young people to do the same. I know that every time I go to see the Actor’s Factory I’m going to see something extraordinary.”

In “Novel Ideas,“ comical and thought-provoking twists on well-known tales like Pride and Prejudice, Don Quixote and the Sherlock Holmes stories will share the stage with entertaining looks at the media and storytelling. Featured will be:

• “Don Q Learns to Keep it Real,” in which Don Quixote’s great-great grandson finds an old trunk of his and gets inspired — but things don’t go as expected. By local playwright Terese Kattner, in her trademark satirical style.

• “Groovy Mystery Theater Episode 4: Danger Has Red Hair,” a funky 70’s cop show based on the original Sherlock Holmes. By Christian Neuhaus of “You’ve Ruined A Perfectly Good Mystery!” fame.

• “Based on a True Story,” a look at how modern technology and a lack of interest in the facts lead us to morph stories to fit our individual needs. By Actor’s Factory alum Nolan Veldey.

• “Mask And Masculinity,“ a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the men’s point of view. By Doug Reed of Broom Street acclaim.

• Two monologues by Actor’s Factory alumni Isaac Walker and Rheannon Lyons.

“Novel Ideas” will be performed March 11, 12 & 13 at the Stoughton Opera House, 381 East Main Street in downtown Stoughton. Admission is free; a $5 donation is recommended. Performances are at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, 2:30 pm matinee on Sunday.

To learn more about the show, check out the Actor’s Factory website at or their Facebook page at