"The Moonrisers Variety Show" features three short dark comedies by local playwrights.

Taylor Lennox

Moonrisers Productions, a year-old fledgling theater troupe, will present three short, dark original comedies this weekend.

"The Moonrisers Variety Show" works run from 30 to 40 minutes each, written by local playwrights Christopher Robin Magee and Craig Domes.

Magee's "Reginald and Ruckus" is about two "mediocre people who've undertaken the difficult task of hunting a werewolf," he said.

They're self-centered types, and more or less abusive to each other, but still have some relatable qualities, he said.

"For Boating" is a one-person play written and performed by Craig Domes of Lost Dog Productions.

It takes the form of a monologue delivered by a diver, set on the coast of a fictional country.

"The Malarial Child," which Moonrisers performed last year, is about self-absorbed, negligent family members who gather after a child has fallen ill.

It's "absurdist" and "definitely dark," Magee said.

The group formed about a year ago, when old friends from the Hellgate High School drama program got back together to produce some short plays.

It grew from four members to about 12, including Christopher Robin Magee, Michael Orion Magee, Reed Roberts, Lacy Jane Roberts, Megan Toth and Emily GoodMorning.

They staged a few productions at the Zootown Arts Community Center basement last year, including a play from which they took their name, "The Moonrisers," "The Malarial Child" and "The Master of the House."

A Gofundme campaign netted enough money to move to the theater at the Roxy and build more elaborate sets than before and shoot a trailer.

All the money from the show will go back to future productions, likely in the spring.

"The Moonrisers Variety Show," will run from Thursday, Jan. 22, to Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $10. To purchase to get more information, go to

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