Winner! 2012 AATE Distinguished Play Award, Best Adaptation
This musical revolves around a boy named Lucius Sims. With his sea-green eyes more displaced than most people's and a nose deformed at birth, Lucius, or "Lizard" as he is called by his friends at the Leesville State School for Retarded Boys, looks and feels like a freak due to his reptilian features. So when Callahan, a shoe salesman from up North arrives and claims to be his father, Lizard takes a chance. Believing that his father is dead, he escapes from his miserable life at the reformatory into the madcap world of Callahan's traveling theater troupe and their ragtag production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. His journey with the charismatic yet brooding Callahan is at the heart of this deeply affecting story as Lizard touches the lives of all that know him and in his search to find a real "home," Lizard just might find a world in which he can truly be accepted and set his spirit free.
"Impressive...Every bit as sweeping and panoramic as anything on Broadway! – Variety
"This production shines. It's a wistful coming-of-age odyssey with shades of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain." – Backstage West
"Outstanding! Very touching! This entire show is resplendent with heart, soul and captivating music." –ReviewPlays.com