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10/27/07: A Halloween Song - a song by Richard Levinson
 4/05/08: An Easter Song - a song by Richard Levinson
07/12/08: Patrick Duffy Pays Tribute - Patrick Duffy pays tribute to fallen serials at the 3rd Annual Thurstys
07/12/08: The Proposal Song - a song at the 3rd Annual Thurstys becomes a real marriage proposal!
10/18/08: Biting Political Satire - a song by Richard Levinson
 2/21/09: High Five City - celebrations at our 100th episode
 4/04/09: All The Leaves Are Brown - Terry helps us pass time at vote count
 4/11/09: Dear Back Pain - Joe Hernandez-Kolski wites a breakup letter
 5/02/09: Klagdor & Keely - Klagdor the aspiring-actor robot auditions for "Louis & Keely"
 4/02/11: Send in the Carnies - a song by Richard Levinson
 5/28/11: The Serial Killers Dancers: Bad Karma
 6/25/11: The Serial Killers Dancers: Cannibal
10/08/11: The Serial Killers Dancers: Hell on Heels
 2/11/12: Elvis Prestello: Tramp the Dirt Down
 4/21/12: The Serial Killers Dancers: Backstabber Lady
 6/09/12: The Serial Killers Dancers: Do It Like a Dude
10/06/12: The Serial Killers Dancers: Promises
10/20/12: The Hip News: Vote Dizzy - The Hip News swings the election!
 2/23/13: The Serial Killers Dancers: Hey, Big Spender
 3/02/13: Bela Lugosi's Passion - Cabaret act For Lovers Only combines two great songs.
 4/27/13: The Serial Killers Dancers: Black Sheep
 7/13/13: Joe Dances Dirty - Joe Hernandez-Kolski talks about wanting to be Patrick Swayze
 7/20/13: The Engagement Dance of Walter Trey Perkins & Donnelle Fuller - Our second live-on-stage real-life proposal!
 9/28/13: Russell Sings - Cub Sinatra
10/19/13: Only a Lad - Marz Richards sings to round out your evening.
11/23/13: Karl and Little Joey - Karl describes an outrageous act to his pal Joey.
12/07/13: Karl and Little Joey Apologize - An abject Karl apologizes for last week's act.
12/14/13: Smooth Movementz - The dancing sensation that's sweeping the nation.
02/15/14: For Singles Only - Marz Richards will turn you into a lover.
02/08/14: Khan Khan - A musical number from China: The Whole Enchilada.
02/22/14: Roar and Jump - Michelle Gardner performs dances in American Sign Language.
03/01/14: Smooth Moviementz - Smooth Movementz returns with a salute to the movies.
04/12/14: Lovers Dance Apart - "For Lovers Only" presents a lovers musical mashup.
04/19/14: Giter Brider Itzik & Better Off Without a Wife - The dulcet tones of Bryan Krasner.
04/26/14: Rhune Kincaid - Songs of love and doom.
05/03/14: Zachary Bernstein - Zach sings "I've Got My Eye on You" and "Crispy Crispy Clementine."
05/24/14: Devil Doll - Disturbing doings from Marz Richards.
05/24/14: An Encounter with Sates - Sates sings "Encounter."
07/05/14: Tribute to America - Smooth Movementz presents a July 4 weekend patriotic tribute.
07/19/14: Big Finish - A big finish as many of the Season 9 Nightcaps combine for one mega-Nightcap.
09/13/14: Maral Adams - Stand-up comedy from Maral Adams.
09/20/14: Mr. Snapper & Mr. Buddy Make Whoopee - Thoughts on the most important part of matrimony.
09/20/14: Mr. Snapper & Mr. Buddy Cowboy Up - An old cowhand on the Rio Grande.
09/27/14: Glen Frazier - Stand-up comic Glen Frazier.
10/04/14: Milo Martin - Utopian nihilist and master of poetry Milo Martin performs a new work.
10/11/14: Korey Simeone - A short history lesson about fiddle music.
10/25/14: Your Host, Birthday Clown - Birthday Clown performs Renfield's "Stuntshow."
01/31/15: Karl Herlinger & Little Joey's Dating Tips - Questionable advice.
02/21/15: Michelle Gardner - Lip-sync sign language dance.
02/28/15: Before Dawn - Musical duo from Austin, Texas.
03/07/15: For Lovers Only - "Thunderbass" - Another musical mashup from "For Lovers Only."
04/04/15: A Word From the Producers of 99 Seat Theater - We're in the money.
04/11/15: The Awesome Gentleman's Society - Gentrifying the hip-hops.
04/18/15: Zachary Bernstein & Friends & Enemies - A "No Scrubs" musical interlude.
04/25/15: Jeremy Gayhorse & Uni - Famed stallion Jeremy Gayhorse visits with insight and poetry.
05/02/15: Orange Blossom Special - Korey Simeone (fiddle), Ryan Johnson (keyboard) and Chris Novicki (drum).
05/16/15: Smooth TV Movementz - Smooth Movementz returns with their tribute to television.
09/20/15: The Radioactive Chickenheads - Punk band The Radioactive Chickenheads rock the Nightcap.
09/26/15: Tyler Tyler - The magic of Tyler Tyler.
10/03/15: Red Light District - Red Light District perform a stripped-down version of their music.
10/10/15: Korey Simeone - Maybe - Korey Simeone may or may not be our entertainment tonight.
11/21/15: Nikki Muller - The Cole Porter of vagina songs.
12/05/15: Dinah Steward - A jazzy "Ghostbusters" and an original song from this classy vocalist.
12/12/15: Ari Radousky's Game Show Thing - High-speed trivia, loud and lightning-fast! Can YOU keep up with Ari?
12/19/15: Smooth Movementz - They're back with a salute to one-hit wonders!
02/20/16: Einstein's Girl - Science and romance collide in this musical performance.
02/27/16: Brendan Sings Bowie - Brendan Hunt and Zachary Bernstein pay tribute to the Starman.
03/12/16: Smokey Miles - Three bespoke songs from the human alter-ego of cult-favorite Count Smokula.
04/16/16: Brandon McCulloch - Three songs from balladeer Brandon McCulloch.
10/08/16: Dońa Oxford - Dońa Oxford sings "Something You Got"
10/15/16: Nate Shelkey - Nate performs the seasonally appropriate "Halloween 1987."
10/22/16: les petits guignolers - in "La Petit Mort" (The Little Death).
10/29/16: SKULLDUGGERY: "Eight Phases" - A musical number from our mainstage show, a prequel to Hamlet.
11/12/16: R.J. Comer - The Gentleman Outlaw sings "Smothered," "Leave Your Light On" and "St. James Infirmary"
02/04/17: Host Segment: Victor Isaac - Handsome can't compensate for some things.
02/25/17: Michelle Gardner: "Creep" & "F*** You" - w/Rodnesha K. Green, Monica Greene & Cj Merriman.
04/08/17: Amir Levi w/Brenda Varda - Excerpts from Amir Levi's cabaret show, with Brenda Varda on keys.
04/15/17: Joe Hernandez-Kolski: "Letter to My Future Wife" - Award-winning Spoken word artist Joe H-K returns.
04/22/17: Ian Smith - Original music.
04/29/17: Tina B. - Spoken word artist Tina B.
05/06/17: Fire Chief Charlie - Local band Fire Chief Charlie perform "Boris" and "We On the Radio."

JANE AUSTEN'S
EMMA FRANKENSTEIN

written
& directed
by Jenelle Riley

Pride and gahhhhrrrrr fire bad

8 Episodes
Original Run: 3 Eps, 4/8/17 - 4/22/17
Playoffs Run: 5 eps, 5/6/17 - 6/24/17
PLAYOFFS CHAMPION!

EPISODE ONE (4/8/17)

SUMMARY: Jane Austen, wanting to get in on the recent trend for mash-ups, shares with us her newest novel, Emma Frankenstein. We meet the three young Woodhouse sisters - Jane, the pretty one; Emma, the smart one (and, at 17, the eldest); and Harriet, the lesbian one. Nice Mr. Knightley, who Emma has known all her life, wants to marry her, but Emma wants to hold out for true love - for a real man who can ignite her passions. Knightley informs the sisters that a Dr. Frankenstein - now known as Dr. Frankenberry in the "new country" - has moved to town, and has a wealthy son. They meet the good doctor at a ball, where Frankenberry measures everybody's heads while denying any knowledge of the stories of grave-robbing and brain-stealing in the town he came from (Ipswich). Suddenly, his son, Frank, comes barreling through the room, screaming and knocking people over with brute force. When Emma and Frank meet, there is a moment of connection - just before he knocks her to the ground too and rampages off. Emma is taken; this, at last, is a real man.

EPISODE TWO (4/15/17)

SUMMARY: Jane Austen lets us know she doesn't mind that her books keep getting adapted and reinvented for the movies, because it has made her very rich. Back in the story, Emma despairs of making Frank into a proper gentleman so they can marry, so Mama throws a ball to make an attempt. The insistent Mr. Knightley inadvertently gives Emma a crazy idea when she wishes that his brain could be put into Frank's body. But of course, that idea is nonsense, isn't it? At the ball, Frank stuns Emma when hearing some opera causes him to begin singing in a beautiful, operatic voice. However, the moment is broken when a cake is brought out and Frank goes into a rampage at the sight of the blazing candles.

Photos by Brendan Broms

EPISODE THREE (4/22/17)

SUMMARY: Jane Austen is annoyed by the presence of Mary Shelley, who has arrived to make sure her masterpiece is not degraded by Austen's writing. The two fight over the worth of their literary careers, and Mary needles Jane over the fact that she was never married. In telling the story, Jane and Mary fight over the portrayal of Frank, who Mary wants to make more eloquent, but fortunately for Jane, Frank's bestial ways have already been established. Emma despairs over Frank ever expressing his love for her, but when she says that all men leave her, Frank manages to get out a "Not all men." Later, Dr. Frankenberry says that Frank will be proposing to somebody that night... but Emma is devastated when Frank proposes to youngest and prettiest sister Jane.

Photos by Aaron Francis

EPISODE FOUR (5/6/17) - PLAYOFFS ROUND 1!

SUMMARY: Emma’s heart breaks over Frank’s proposal to Jane, and Frank tells her, "It's not you... it's me"... the very same line she uses on Mr. Knightley to fend off his advances. Dr. Frankenberry introduces his new assistant, Igor – a woman who Harriet immediately falls for. Are all the sisters to find love except for Emma?

Photos by Jenelle Riley

EPISODE FIVE (6/3/17) - PLAYOFFS ROUND 2!

SUMMARY: Mary Shelley's lawyers have earned her the right to compensation from Jane Austen for appropriating her characters, and she takes Jane's tiara. In the story, Jane is distressed to learn that Frank loves her not for her brains, but for her body. Mama is briefly willing to consider letter Jane marry whoever she wants, while she opposes Harriet's newfound love with the female Igor... but when she learns that Dr. Frankenberry's vast fortune will be split between Frank and Igor upon his death, she gives the blessing for both relationships. Emma, left alone, is about to settle and accept Mr. Knightley's advances... but just at that moment, a handsome and libertine stranger, Mr. Church, arrives, and immediately wins Emma's attentions. Outside the story, Mary Shelley requires Jane Austen to pay up once more - this time by taking Mr. Fitzwhickham from her.

Photos by Jenelle Riley

EPISODE SIX (6/10/17) - PLAYOFFS ROUND 3!

SUMMARY: Everybody seems to have found love except for the forlorn Mr. Knightley, who peevishly points out the deficiencies in everybody's relationship, and insults the women for not dating a "nice guy" like him. This earns him a beating from Frank - which briefly recaptures Emma's interest from Mr. Church. Soon after, Dr. Frankenberry declaims to a rapturous Igor and an uncomprehending Frank that his evil scheme is going exactly to plan...

Photos by Jenelle Riley

EPISODE SEVEN (6/17/17) - PLAYOFFS ROUND 4!

SUMMARY: Jane Austen is now destitute thanks to Mary Shelley, but she continues her story: all of the Woodhouse women have found love... including Mama, who has a burgeoning flirtation with Dr. Frankenberry. Mr. Knightley arrives to apologize for his behavior last week, but when Mr. Church reveals himself as a terrible sexist, Mr. Knightley defends Emma's honor, winning her respect. Meanwhile, Dr. Frankenberry's newfound feelings for Mama make him doubt his evil plan: to gain the Woodhouse fortune via the various marriages, and then kill the Woodhouse girls and use their brains for his experiments. However, Igor - who is only feigning her love for Harriet - points out that Frank's brain is deteriorating; they must press on and get Frank a new brain or he'll die. And Igor finds herself attracted to the caddish Mr. Church. The story is interrupted by an apologetic Mary Shelley, who has realized she shouldn't be cattily fighting with Jane Austen, but supporting her against the patriarchy. And Jane is moved to tears to learn that Mary considers "Sense and Sensibility" a masterpiece, even though she hates romcoms. The two forge a truce.

Photos by Jenelle Riley

EPISODE EIGHT (6/24/17) - PLAYOFFS ROUND 5!

SUMMARY: Jane Austen and Mary Shelley are now friends, and Mary (somewhat reluctantly) returns Jane's jewels to her. They narrate the conclusion of the story together. Emma considers marrying Mr. Knightley, while Mama frets that Dr. Frankenberry won't make a move on her. Jane is increasingly distressed about her impending marriage to Frank, who only wants her for her beauty. Harriet is heartbroken at Igor's treachery. Dr. Frankenberry admits Frank's true nature to the Woodhouses. He says that had always wanted children, but when he spent his life alone and childless, he turned to evil. Mama forgives him, but he must run before the mob arrives. Meanwhile, Jane gives Mama a makeover. Mr. Knightley earns Emma's respect; Mr. Church nearly charms her all over again, leading Knightley to leave, heartbroken, but Emma breaks away from Mr. Church, saying she needs more than charm. She searches for Mr. Knightley by horse - while Mr. Knightley finds a weak and dying Frank, who desperately needs a new brain, and takes him to Frankenberry's lab. Mama arrives at the lab, and her "Bride of Frankenberry" makeover attracts the Doctor over Igor's protests. Emma arrives, declaring her love for Mr. Knightley, and Igor, blaming her for ruining everything, draws a pistol on her - but Mr. Knightley jumps between them and takes the bullet for Emma. Frank hits his head attempting to rescue Knightley and becomes briefly eloquent. As Knightley lies there dying, Dr. Frankenberry switches his brain with Frank's. Frank (with Mr. Knightley's brain) and Emma declare their love, as do Mama and Dr. Frankenberry. And Jane announces she's found somebody loyal to be with who isn't interested in her looks: a dog. Only Harriet is left alone and bereft... until she learns that she's earned a scholarship to a writing workshop in the United States with Gertrude Stein. As the story concludes, Mary returns the one final thing to Jane Austen she had taken away: Mr. Fitzwickham. Grateful, Jane says she no longer needs a servant... but she does need a partner. And Mr. Fitzwickham is glad to oblige.

Photos by Leon Russom

CAST

Lauren Van Kurin

Jane (Eps. 1-8)

Rob Lecrone

Mr. Fitzwhickham (Eps. 1-5 & 8)

Aviva Pressman

Mama (Eps. 1-8)

Kristyn Chalker

Jane #2 (Eps. 1-8)

Emily Clark

Emma (Eps. 1-8)

Julia Griswold

Harriet (Eps. 1-8)

Troy Vincent

Mr. Knightley (Eps. 1-8)

Paul Plunkett

Dr. Frankenberry (Eps. 1-8)

Bryan Krasner

Frank (Eps. 1-8)

Tifanie McQueen

Mary (Eps. 3 & 5-8)

Dana DeRuyck

Igor (Eps. 4-8)

Michael Lanahan

Mr. Church (Eps. 5-8)

JJ Mayes & Colin Willkie

Hired Goons (Ep. 5)

Wilbur

Jane's True Love (Ep. 16)

Brain-swapper built by Allison Faith Sulock (Ep. 16)