A SLASHER MACBETH
A high school seance before the night of the big game has deadly consequences when the new quarterback, Jason Macbeth, takes his life (and others) into his own hands. The bodies pile up as Macbeth and his student council girlfriend, Em, refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their perfect future. Inspired by the cult classics of the 1980’s, this slasher retelling of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” will make your present fears more than horrible imaginings. So grab your popcorn, put on your best costume, and get ready for “Something Wicked: A Slasher Macbeth”.
October 20 + 29, 2022 at 8:00 PM,
October 21-22, 2022 at Midnight
Lest Faith Turn
An Immersive Romeo & Juliet
Low and behold– the Capulet Family welcomes you to witness man’s greatest innovations at their annual showcase fair. Discover the spark of creation, the exuberance of passion, the incandescence of ingenuity… But not every spark burns as bright. When two houses of industry find themselves divided by progress and tradition, our fated lovers see how their world can turn on a different axis. Or perhaps you wish to meet the ardent flame of Paris, who seeks to reverse the rotations of time gone by. Will the faith of these lovers’ burn bright, or will they be strangled by the hands of time? Immerse yourself in a universe where fate may truly be written in the stars, lest faith turn to despair.
July 28-31, 2022 at 8:00 & 9:00 PM
A F**KING CHRISTMAS CAROL:
A Shoestring Holiday Special
by Ryan J. Furlong
From the cast of Shoestring past and present, we present to you the heartwarming tale of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol... sort of.
‘Tis the season to blur the lines between naughty and nice in this vulgar twist on a holiday classic. Grab a cannoli and get ready for a new kind of Christmas Carol!
Performed Live on December 16, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Premiered on December 24, 2021
COME FROM THE GRAVE
An Immersive Reimagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet
With the Elsinore estate left in shambles and the tragic massacre of Hamlet and his loved ones but a mere memory, Horatio is left to pick up the pieces and finds himself back where it all began. Amidst the buzz and bustle of publications across the nation slandering Hamlet’s good name, he is determined to unveil the true story of what took place that fateful night in 1933. But at what cost? And what souls have come from the grave to speak their truths? Follow these lost spirits in an all-immersive experience as they navigate a house of deceit, passion, tragedy, and the undiscovered country: death.
July 29-August 1, 2021 at 9:00 & 10:30 PM
A Virtual Summer of Shoestring!
Shoestring Theatre presents Zoomstring, the reintroduced 2020 Season! All this summer, Shoestring cast members, past and present, will be reading various plays via the zoom platform. Better yet, brand new scripts that have been submitted by local playwrights! This season has it all: comedy, drama, romance, mystery... So tune in for each of our eight episodes to experience a summer of Shoestring- right from your living room.
May 20 & 27, June 10 & 17, July 1 & 15, August 5 & 14, 2020
ThE InflexiblE HearT
An Immersive Retelling of Sophocles' Antigone
Step right up to the Three Rings of Thebes, a circus like no other! Full of death-defying feats, heart-racing stunts, and tricks beyond imagination! This is indeed no ordinary circus, for in this one, you are free to choose your own fate. You may see whatever you wish to see, and follow whomever you wish to follow. With deaths looming over its wicked head, the members of the circus as well as you must decide: who's to say what the gods hold wicked?
August 8-11, 2019 at 8:00 & 9:00 PM
by John Cariani
The ground below your feet, the sky above your head, and all the houses surrounding you. Here you find yourself in the quaint town of Almost. You won't find it on any map and it doesn't quite exist, but regardless, you are welcomed to immersive yourself into these memories of pain, passion, and hope. Of loss, of broken hearts, but most importantly, of love. Please keep your minds and hearts open as the town of Almost, Maine welcomes you.
August 3-4, 2018 at 8:30 PM
"I know Antigone inside and out. But this.. this was something I have never seen before. It was breathtaking"
"I couldn't believe this was only the second year. It seems like this has been worked for many years"
"This show was a treasure. First interactive one I saw, and I loved it even more the second time. Great job Shoestring!"
"Sweet, funny, and heart-warming; you've got to see what it looks like when young people with passion and grit start making theatre for themselves"