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MCT_20yearsblackMurphys Creek Theatre is a small, classically focused theatre company located in the charming and historic goldrush-era town of Murphys, in Calaveras County, California. Since its founding in 1994, MCT’s productions have grown steadily in popularity and critical acclaim, and “Theatre Under The Stars” became a favorite summer tradition for both residents and visitors alike.

This year, the Murphys Creek Theatre is thrilled to partner with Brice Station Winery to present the summer “Theatre Under The Stars” festival. Now celebrating it’s 20th year anniversary, Murphys Creek Theatre will experience a renaissance revival of beloved theatre classics that inspired it’s inception.

With the continued year-round venue at the Black Bart Playhouse in Downtown Murphys (580 S. Algiers), everyone can enjoy great live theatre in Calaveras County year round!


Murphys Creek Theatre

a small, non-equity regional theatre company and young people's theatre academy, the Mirror Project.
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Murphys Creek Theatre created an event.January 27, 2015 11:43 pm
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Murphys Creek TheatreJanuary 26, 2015 11:26 pm
Season tickets on sale now!
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Murphys Creek TheatreJanuary 26, 2015 11:26 pm
Murphys Creek Theatre announces its 2015 Season

Accomplice by Rupert Holmes
March 27 – April 26
From the moment this ride begins, Accomplice will keep you mystified with its twists and turns…where murder is on everyone’s mind. Join Murphys Creek Theatre on a devious, delightful and delicious comical romp guaranteeing a good time. So good in fact, you’ll want to see it twice. Directed by Maryann Curmi.

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
June 19 – July 18
When Leontes' old friend Polixenes wishes to leave after a court visit, Leontes asks his wife, Hermione, to try persuading him to stay longer. Hermione succeeds, but Leontes then suspects her of having an affair with Polixenes. His jealousy getting the better of him, Leontes plots to poison Polixenes. Camillo, however, warns Polixenes of Leontes' wrath, and the two escape to Bohemia. Meanwhile, Hermione is thrown in jail and brought to trial for adultery despite the words of the Delphic oracle (who has proclaimed Hermione innocent). While imprisoned, Hermione gives birth to a daughter, which Leontes promptly disowns. He also commands Antigonus, the husband of Paulina, to abandon the baby in the desert. Antigonus does so, but is devoured soon after by a bear.
Tragedy soon besets Leontes as the trial progresses. His only son, Mamilius, dies from grief over his mother's predicament. Hermione too is reported dead by her waiting woman, Paulina. This is enough to make even Leontes realize what his jealousy has cost him; in mourning, he goes into seclusion. In Bohemia, a shepherd discovers the abandoned baby, Perdita, and raises her as his own daughter. Sixteen years later, the son of Polixenes, Florizel, has fallen in love with Perdita; Polixenes, however, is less than pleased that his son, a prince, is in love with a shepherdess. Florizel and Perdita make plans to escape to Sicilia, aided by old Camillo.
In Sicilia, Florizel and Perdita are welcomed at the court of Leontes. Polixenes soon follows (accompanied by the old shepherd), and he and Leontes eventually reconcile. Perdita's identity as the king's daughter is revealed, and Leontes and Polixenes are delighted that their children will be wed. Leontes' new joy, however, is tempered by the bitter memory of Hermione's death. Paulina then takes Leontes and the rest to see a statue of the queen that is actually Hermione herself—the queen has lived in hiding for the past sixteen years. Thus Leontes is reunited with his wife and daughter, his best friend, and his close advisor, Camillo. Even Paulina regains a husband when Leontes promises her hand to Camillo in gratitude for helping Hermione. Hence, everything is set back aright in Sicilia by the end of the play.

The Mirror Project
June 22 – July 17 with performances Sunday July 19 and Monday July 20

Equivocation by Bill Cain
August 7 – September 6
England, 1605: A terrorist plot to assassinate King James I and blow Parliament to kingdom come with 36 barrels of devilish gunpowder! Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard's name) is commissioned by Robert Cecil, the prime minister, to write the "true historie" of the plot. And it must have witches! The King wants witches! But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe, under the direction of the great Richard Burbage, investigate the plot, they discover that the King's version of the story might, in fact, be a cover-up. Shag and his actors are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma. Speak truth to power—and perhaps lose their heads? Or take the money and lie? Is there a third option—equivocation? A high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, EQUIVOCATION gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag's younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and—ultimately—human mystery.

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
September 18 – October 18
A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.

The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam
November 20 – December 20
This definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas, recently revived Off-Broadway to raves, is a quick change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this a comedy that has everything.
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Murphys Creek TheatreJanuary 20, 2015 8:21 pm
AUDITIONS! Thank you to those of you who came out on Sunday 1/18 for auditions for the 2015 season. If you were unable to make it but would still like to audition, please contact the theatre at or at 209-728-8422 to schedule an audition appointment!
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Murphys Creek TheatreJanuary 14, 2015 4:45 pm
Looking forward to auditions on Sunday. We have a great season coming up. Hope to see lots of you there.
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Murphys Creek Theatre is a small, professionally oriented theatre company located in the charming and historic goldrush-era town of Murphys, in Calaveras County, California.