Creative Works’ 2016 Season!

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The new year is here, and so is our new season! We are very excited to be continuing our commitment to new work, local artists, and easily accessible theatrical productions as we partner with some great Lancaster-area performers!

Spring Reading Series

We’ll kick off our season with a series of readings and discussions inspired by current events. Each reading will be performed one time.

Spinning Into Butter by Rebecca Gilman (Feb. 23rd) – This play, set on the campus of a small college in Vermont, examines racism, mistrust, and misunderstanding and raises questions about political correctness, hypocrisy, and the value of good intentions.

Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege by A. Rey Pamatmat, Dan O’Brien, Dominique Morisseau, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Quetzal Flores (March 23rd)- This collection of six short plays was commissioned by the New Black Fest in Brooklyn after the George Zimmerman verdict. The plays, varied in their content and written by a diverse group of contemporary playwrights, were inspired by Trayvon Martin’s case.

In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks (April 19th) – This play tells the story of a modern day Hester Prynne, a woman living on welfare with her five children, combating poverty and desperation. When the play premiered, the New York Times wrote, “You will leave ‘In the Blood’ feeling pity and terror. And because it is a work of art, you will leave thrilled, even comforted by its mastery.”

Local Partnerships

Creative Works’ 2016 season will also continue to showcase new local work as part of our partnership with Lancaster Dramatists’ Platform. Plus, our comedy quota is increasing this year as we work with not only local sketch comedy troupe Happy Time Explosion Show, but also our newest partner organization, the Lancaster Improv Players!

Our first partner organization event takes place this Friday, February 5th at 9pm when Lancaster Dramatists’ Platform will be performing readings of new work by local playwrights. Join us at 9pm at the Fulton Theatre education building, 24 N. Prince Street, Lancaster PA!

Returning Favorites

This season will also see the return of Play Grounds, in which audiences travel among locations to watch original site-specific plays; Works in the Park, a free full production open to the public in a City park; and The 24 Hour Plays, your chance to see live performances of plays that were conceptualized, written, cast, rehearsed, directed, and performed for the public in one 24 hour time span!

If you are interested in learning more about our productions as their dates approach, please sign up for our mailing list. We are also always in need of great volunteers as well!

Don’t miss ‘A Christmas Carrie’ at DipCo

Dickens meets King in a sock puppet mashup. What could possibly go wrong?

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Creative Works of Lancaster brings its beloved sock puppets back to the stage this December with the debut of A Christmas Carrie, an original script that’s sure to be the next great holiday classic. The show will be performed on Sunday, December 13 and Sunday, December 27. Performances will be at 4, 6, and 8 p.m. at The Lancaster Dispensing Company, 315 N. Market Street. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door, with food and beverages available for purchase from The Lancaster Dispensing Company.

Combining everyone’s favorite telekinetic prom queen with the time travel of A Christmas Carol and reimagined versions of your favorite musical hits, this hilarious, twisted take on classic characters will warm up your holiday weekends more than spiked eggnog. It’s the latest offering in Creative Works of Lancaster’s series of sock puppet film parodies, with previous shows including Sock Puppet Psycho, The Sockfather, Silence of the Socks, and Jaws to the World.

Creative Works of Lancaster brings a variety of performing arts to the city in addition to sock puppet parodies. The local non-profit organization focuses on producing new works and performs an array of productions throughout the city, including free outdoor theater for families each summer, a full day of creativity and collaboration with 24 Hour Plays, sketch comedy, new plays in surprising locations, and staged readings of plays tied to social issues. Anyone who enjoys what they see is encouraged to get in touch with the group at www.creativelancaster.org for information on upcoming productions and how to get involved!

We’ve Got an Extraordinary Date With ‘Carrie’ this Friday!


…and if you have a taste for terror…and locally produced whiskey…then you have a date with Carrie, too!




As we prepare for our upcoming sock puppet extravaganza, “A Christmas Carrie”, we’re taking a break to celebrate Lancaster’s Extraordinary Give, so come grab a distilled-on-site cocktail with us at Thistle Finch! We’ll have Carrie-themed snacks, a Carrie prom photo booth, a raffle with some awesome prizes, and tunes to set the dance floor on fire! 

We’ll also have a giving station where you can visit ExtraGive.org to make a donation, and every dollar you donate will be stretched by $250,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their presenting sponsors! Each dollar you give to Creative Works will help us continue to produce new, surprising, and quirky theater that brings people together in our city and county and keeps this place vibrant. Help us continue to support local artists and make fun theatrical events accessible to diverse audiences! 

This event is free and open to the public. Hope you can come burn up the dance floor with us!