THE LOVERS' KNOT: A Mystery of Operatic Proportions

It's April 1837, and Darnell's United Theatre Company is making the east coast circuit. Things are looking bad (just last week they were forced to eat their featured performer, "The Learned Pig"), but the Manager has decided what will perk up the audiences: opera music! So he's "borrowed" several songs from a brand new opera by VIncenzo Bellini to add to the company's version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Things start to look up, but now the leading men are dying in freak accidents.

The company's young costumer, Phoebe Whitestone, soon discovers the truth behind the deaths. Worse yet? Phoebe's love, the set carpenter Walter Pike, just got a promotion to lead actor.

This comic murder mystery tells the tumultuous tale of America's early theatre and is woven throughout with selections from Vincenzo Bellini's magnificent opera, I Capuleti e i Montecchi.


Cast: 15
Length: 1.5 hours
Performance Rights: Meredith Bean McMath


with The Loudoun Lyric Opera Company at Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA



Sold out shows and standing ovations met this new take on Charles Dickens' classic tale. Once Upon A Christmas Carol is a musical adaptation that keeps Dicken's language and humor the way Scrooge promised to keep Christmas: forevermore!

With a script adapted by prize-winning playwright Meredith Bean McMath, original music by Diane El-Shafey, and Instrumental Music by Carma Oliverez, Run Rabbit Run Theatre was proud to premiere this original work.


"My friend and I LOVED IT! — all the nuances, both humorous and touching, creative staging, wonderful voices and costumes, the perfect accents. I could feel everyone's hard, fun work and play, and, together, you brought Dickens' timeless message alive to share with all of us. Bravo!!"
— Mary Hunter Leach

"Loved the female group of ghost singers with Marley in"Marley's Lament' — that was so original and clever. And the Ghost of Christmas Future was a hoot! How the heck did you do that??"
— Maureen Masanoff

"Our High School Cotillion Club just attended, 'Once Upon a Christmas Carol,' and it was fabulous! A wonderful family show..."
— Jean Ann Michie NLJC Director, Loudoun Chapter

Premiered: 2010, Run Rabbit Run Theatre, Old Stone School Theatre, Hillsboro, VA.
Cast: 24
Length: 1.5 hours
Watch the YouTube VIGNETTES (7 min.)
Listen to the OPENING MUSIC (30 sec.)
Performance Rights: Meredith Bean McMath



In this unique presentation, favorite Shakespearean sonnets flow between period Shakespearean song, bringing new life and urgency to both. 

Sonnets and songs are presented in modern context to heighten audience understanding and appreciation: the mother giving her daughter advice, the Valedictorian speaker, the business woman who pauses to remember a lost love, the couple saying their wedding vows, the minister wondering if God has forsaken him.  You will never hear a sonnet the same way again.

Premiered: 2009, Round Hill Arts Center, Round Hill, VA in conjunction with the Loudoun Lyric Opera Company.
Cast: 8
Length: 1 hour
Performance Rights: Meredith Bean McMath