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Signature in the Schools: The Possumneck Playhouse Presents Eli Thomas Neatherwood's Award-Winning Adaptation of The Canterbury Tales

by Dani Stoller

February 26 – March 4, 2024


The Canterbury Tales contain some of the most memorable characters in English literature. Most of them male. But when a small community theater commits to doing a theatrical adaptation of Chaucer’s beloved book, no men audition. Hilarity ensues in Signature’s in the Schools’ world premiere comedy featuring a cast and crew of local high school students and professional actor James Whalen (Daphne’s Dive), as a group of devoted thespians try to tell this nearly 700-year-old story to an audience of today.

Signature in the Schools, Signature Theatre’s flagship education program, is a multifaceted program that encompasses workshops for English, Social Studies and Theatre classes, theatrical training for young artists, and the creation of an original play. The program includes pre-show visits to school classrooms, resources for students and curriculum guides for teachers. Signature in the Schools is offered to all participants free of charge. Students from throughout Northern Virginia also attend daytime performances for free to see their peers perform.

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Running time is approximately 65 minutes, with no intermission.

This program is recommended for preteens, teens and adults.

  • Signature in the Schools is sponsored by

    Amazon | Bonnie Feld

    Philip L. Graham Fund | Lois C. Greisman

    The Geary-O’Hara Family Foundation | Dominion Energy
    GEICO | Washington Forrest Foundation

    David S. Shrager Foundation | Venable Foundation | Virginia Commission for the Arts

    New work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by Dan and Gloria Logan

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