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Make/Believe 2021 Tickets Available Online

When: Premieres Sat 6/5 and Sun 6/6, 2 PM CDT; then available streaming through Sun 7/4

Ghostlight Ensemble offers its second annual festival of short plays and classes for young audiences, with a focus on plays that are "ethnically and culturally diverse, written by writers of color and/or LGBTQ writers." The lineup includes:

Best Friends: Dallas writer Adam Eugene Hurst's play, directed by Rashaad A. Bond, about Brooklyn, a dog who wants to be best friends with a stuffed dog, Chops, though the latter wants nothing to do with this plan.

A Blue Hydrangea: Oregon-based playwright Eric Braman's story, directed by Alyssa Vera Ramos, tackles identity issues through the situation of a hydrangea bush in the backyard of "The Great Gardener Carole" that wakes up from its winter slumber to find that it is now blue instead of pink.

The Friend Box and the Box Friend: Chicago playwright Kim Z. Dale's story, directed by Jonathan M. Saucedo, follows a school show-and-tell where two friends bring two different versions of a "friend in a box," leading to conflict and eventually, understanding.

It's Poppin': In Georgia playwright Steven San Luis's piece, directed by Rebecca Rose Schilsky, a young kid is afraid of moving to a new city and finds themselves talking to a blue balloon who is afraid of being let go.

Splash of Magic: Chicago writer Lori Taylor's play, directed by Kayla V. White and Aria Caldwell, tells the story of an eight-year-old Black girl who is afraid to go into the pool, until she learns to conquer her fears with Black Girl Magic.

Sunshine and the Sea of Lost Things: In California writer Sarah Lina's play (directed by Roxy Adviento), Sunshine, a mixed-race Filipino girl, is stranded on a ship in the titular body of water and must find her way home with the help of two heroes.

The festival also includes virtual classes on "Building the Character—Literally," "Building the Story," and "Building the World." Classes are scheduled for June 5 and 6 only and run concurrently, so students can only choose one class per day.

Price: pay what you can, $10 suggested donation for performance, $5 for class

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