Few festivals offer more surprises than the Hormel Festival of New Plays and Musicals -- because all the plays are new! The roster for opening night, Friday, March 20, showcases Y York and Amanda Jacobs’ musical The Up Side of Down, which reimagines Pollyanna, and Donna Hoke’s Christmas 2.0, in which a lonely mom finds old friends on Facebook. Both showtimes are 7 p.m. (Don’t fear choosing one and missing the other -- both shows repeat later in the schedule.) Festival events, a few of which are free, continue through Sunday, March 29, at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Road. A probable highlight: The Boob Show by local writers Sally Jo Bannow and Craig Bohmler. The fiesta concludes, as always, with the moving and hysterical 24-Hour Theatre Project. Admission ranges from $10 for individual plays to $60 for an all-access pass. For tickets and full details, visit www.phoenixtheatre.com or call 602-254-2151.
Fri., March 20; March 21-22; March 26-29, 2015