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THE BURDENS show art


by Matt Schatz

Directed by Brendan Ragan

October 21 - December 4, 2022

Siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via sarcastic and misspelled text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their family of their grandfather’s burden.


Zany, twisted and inventive, this dark comedy reminds us it’s much easier to write what we could never say face to face.

“The play grabs you from the start and keeps you involved and surprised until a finale that is both surprising and welcome."  

-Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“A deliciously dark comedy! ... A thoughtfully-reflective look at familial relationships that will surely resonate with audiences of all backgrounds and experiences.”
-Bradenton Times

"Frequently laugh out loud funny, but it’s also a little bit heartbreaking at times. That’s a challenging mix to sustain, but The Burdens succeeds.“

-Sarasota Magazine



Wednesday - 7:30pm

Thursday - 7:30pm

Friday - 8pm

Saturday - 2pm & 8pm

Sunday - 2pm


Content disclaimer: Contains frequent use of adult language.

Run time: 80 minutes, no intermission

Headshot of THE BURDENS playwright Matt Schatz. He has salt and pepper short hair and a beard, wears black frame glasses, and a dark, long-sleved polo. he is angled toward the camera, with one arm resting on his knee.

Playwright Matt Schatz


Director/Artistic Director

Artistic Director
Production Stage Manager
Technical Supervisor & Sound Design
Scenic Design
Lighting Design

Master Carpenter
Costume Design

Scenic Artist

Music Coach

Brendan Ragan

Matt Schatz

Summer Wallace

Tori Heikenfeld

Alex Pinchin

Tom Hansen

Ethan Vail 

Eugene Alcorn

Alison Gensmer

India Marie Paul

Creg Sclavi


Headshot of Morgan Lavenstein. She has brown long wavy hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a blue tank top with wide straps.

Jane Berman

Morgan Lavenstein

Headshot of Jacob Fallon, who plays Mordy Berman.

Mordy Berman

Jacob Fallon


This production is made possible in part by:
Presenting Producers Jack & Priscilla Schlegel 
Executive Producers Cheryl Wyatt & John Wenderski, Barbara Jacob 
Associate Producers Emilie Robinson, Georgia Higgins, Carole & Malcolm Schwartz, Bob & Pat Baer 

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