By George Brandt, Monika Bustamante, Michael Kranes, Robert J. LeBlanc, Gregory Romero, Velma Sublette, Mical Trejo, and Ken Webster

Directed by Andrea Skola


"I would like to make a toast to lying, stealing, cheating and drinking. If you're going to lie, lie for a friend. If you're going to steal, steal a heart. If your going to cheat, cheat death. And if you're going to drink, drink with me." -- Anynomous Toast


What does it mean to be a cheater? We were interested in the idea of cheating and its many possible meanings. Cheating in business? In schemes?  In love? In a game? On a test? In our government? Cheating death? Gravity? So we sent out a call for playwrights, both local and national, to submit short pieces on the theme of cheating.


We reviewed all submissions and chose 8 short plays that represented a broad interpretation of what it means to be a cheater:   from a professional scapegoat to a con-man on the streets, from secrets in the bedroom to the highest levels of government, from the smallest cheat to the biggest, and from cheating another to cheating oneself.   CHEATER featured the work of playwrights George Brandt, Monika Bustamante, Michael Kranes, Robert J. LeBlanc, Gregory Romero, Velma Sublette, Mical Trejo, and Ken Webster.   Solo pieces created by our ensemble served as transitions to round out an evening about getting away with it all…or not… and what it means to cheat.


Ensemble Cast
Monika Bustamante
Jerry Joe Benson

Lana Dietrich

Brock England

Shannon Grounds

Jude Hickey

Kelly Hollabaugh

T. Lynn Mikeska

Maurice Moore

Weldon Phillips

Valerie Redd

Andrea Skola

Jesse Tilton.



© Shrewd Productions, Photos by Errich Petersen, Kimberley Mead, Steve Rogers, Tia Boyd, Maureen Martinez, Sara Erensoy, Tate English and Bret Brookshire


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