<em>Slave Letters</em>&nbsp;returns to MBS Productions

2016-17 for MBS Productions

The new season for Mark-Brian Sonna's theater brings back Slave Letters, Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker and The Soul Gatherer, plus new works.

published Thursday, August 25, 2016

Photo: Mark-Brian Sonna
Slave Letters returns to MBS Productions


Addison — The 2016-17 season for MBS Productions has been announced. Among the returning favorites is last year's hit Slave Lettters, which we reviewed here. That show, along with a few others, happens in the Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Center, which has more seats than the Stone Cottage that MBS has always used (last year, the popular holiday show The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker was held in the Studio). The new works include a mambo musical and ...a moment in the Life of Willa Dee Arvis.

Below is the lineup of shows, with descriptions and ticket info:



Slave Letters

Created & conceived by Mark-Brian Sonna

October  13 – November 6, 2016 

Studio Theatre!

During the slave era of the United States most slaves were illiterate, but some secretly learned how to read and write.  Some of these letters have survived and chronicle the daily life of slavery.  While many detail the terrible conditions of slavery, others express intense humanity.  These letters of love, longing, hope, and the quest for freedom are at times uplifting, horrifying, and even humorous, giving a voice to those who were oppressed.  The reading of these letters is interspersed with Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs from the era.  This ground breaking production is the first in its kind for it gives a voice to the millions who were subjugated. Individual tickets for this show are now available:


The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker!

By Mark-Brian Sonna

November 25 – December 29, 2016

Studio Theatre

The hit cult show is back for its 10th smash year! The Beulaville Baptist Book Club, which is in dire straits financially, mistakenly hires the Velvet Kittens Burlesque troupe to do a performance of The Nutcracker. Winner of the 2014 National Nutcracker Award! Tickets are now on sale!!! Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.


Love, Lust, & Lies

By Alejandro de la Costa

February 2 - 26, 2017

Stone Cottage Theatre

This vicious comedy about infidelity is about three college friends who reunite over dinner after 25 years.  Jay is divorced, and Jeff is married to Audra. As the three reminisce, well-guarded secrets begin to emerge regarding their college days. Sometimes it is not a good idea to revisit old friends and the past. World Premiere.


...a moment in the life of Willa Dee Arvis

By Mark-Brian Sonna

March 30 - April 23, 2017

Stone Cottage Theatre

Dallas, Summer 1942: Two seemingly ordinary women, Willa Dee and her cousin Emily await the mail.  National Geographic is doing a pictorial about American enlisted men training in the Bahamas, and they've gotten word that their husbands are featured in the photos.  The arrival of the magazine and the viewing of the photographs opens up a Pandora's tinder box of memories, revelations and family secrets.  As they reminisce, a mystery begins to unfold about a fateful evening.  Willa Dee and Emily each possess different information about the events of what actually transpired.  The arrival of family friend Euel, who holds the key to the mystery sets ablaze their emotions which forever alters the course of each of their lives.  Touching, bitingly funny, and ultimately tragic, this play will move you and at the same time comfort you as you discover how each life, regardless of how mundane, is special.


The Soul Gatherer

By Mark-Brian Sonna

June 1 - July 2, 2017

Stone Cottage Theatre

On a stormy night a young woman suffering from catatonia begins to emerge from her years of silence with a series of painful screams. That same night her estranged brother is scheduled to arrive. The live-in nurse and maid become overwhelmed with trying to keep the young girl calm and call her Psychiatrist for help. There is a blackout. When the lights emerge a young man is found naked on the floor face down in a bed of feathers in a catatonic state. Is it a mass delusion, a physical embodiment of the girl's mental illness, a visitation of an angel, or is this visitor an imposter? Be prepared to be startled, provoked and intrigued by this most unique play.

The Soul Gatherer has been turned into an award winning film by the same name. It brings us pleasure to bring back.


Life and (cruel) Times of Conchita Zaragoza, A Mambo Musical

By Mark-Brian Sonna

July 14 - Aug. 6, 2017

Studio Theatre

Follow the life and misadventures of Conchita Zaragoza as she leaves her roots in rural Mexico to follow her dream of going to Hollywood!  As a young woman Conchita watches a Carmen Miranda movie, and instantly decides that she will become the next Latin Superstar.  She sews a Carmen Miranda dress (because that’s what she thinks Americans dress) and heads north of the border, but mistakenly ends up in Marfa, Texas.  The perennial optimist, she finds a job a at strip club. Undeterred, she uses her wiles and talents and turns it into the premiere supper club of West Texas and the Permian Basin! Determined to still make it to Hollywood, she hops on a bus, but because of her illiteracy she takes the wrong bus and ends up in Waxahachie, Texas. Once there,  she finds herself working at the Renaissance Faire as the first Anne Boleyn to ever dance the Mambo! The question remains:  Will she ever make it to Hollywood?  World Premiere




You will receive a punch card allowing you 6 admissions to any of the performances of your choice. You can come see each show once, bring five friends along with you to see just one show, see three shows twice, etc. This card gives you the flexibility to bring guests with you, or you can give it to a friend to use if you can't come. If you were to pay full price and came on all our Saturday shows you would be spending in excess of $145 for the 6 tickets. We also give our Punch Card holders priority seating as long as you reserve your seats in advance. Our box office manager will help you with your purchase or answer any questions.

You can also purchase over the phone by calling call 214-477-4942 or via our website at

All performances are either at the Stone Cottage Theatre, or Studio Theatre.  Both theatres are next to each other and are located at the Addison Conference and Theatre Center, 15650 Addison Road, Addison TX, 75001.  All productions/dates/locations may be subject to change should the necessity arise. No Refunds. Thanks For Reading

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2016-17 for MBS Productions
The new season for Mark-Brian Sonna's theater brings back Slave Letters, Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker and The Soul Gatherer, plus new works.
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