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The Lily and the Mantis

Center Stage Theatre
Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building
Friday, Mar 10, 2023 at 10:30 AM (CT) to Friday, Mar 10, 2023 at 12:30 PM (CT)

A Comedy-of-Manners by J. Myles Hesse
Appropriate for High School and Above

  • 03/09/2022; 7:30 PM
  • 03/10/2022; 10:30 AM
  • 03/10/2022; 7:30 PM
  • 03/11/2022; 7:30 PM
  • 03/12/2022; 2:00 PM

Chaos has struck the Mantis family: Daley, Indiana's most prominent and prestigious household. When their maid is discovered brutally murdered in their gardens, the responsibility falls to the ruthless matriarch, Mara Mantis, to prevent the impending scandal from tarnishing the Mantis family name, a task easier said than done while a scheming neighbor, gay sons, and overall incompetency threaten to create even more damaging scandals. Mara begins to realize that perhaps the only way to cover up the murder... is with more murder.


  • Children under the age of eight will not be admitted to Center Stage Theatre productions unless the show is billed as appropriate for children.
  • SCC employees or students who wish to access their complementary tickets must sign up using their SCC email account. Seating is limited. Any complimentary ticket holders who have not arrived and had their ticket scanned by 15 minutes to curtain may have their ticket released to those on the waiting list.
  • St. Charles Community College strives to provide reasonable accommodations to all people at any SCC-sponsored event. Please contact Disability Support Services at or 636-922-8581 as early as possible to discuss your needs.
  • If the campus must be closed due to inclement weather or some other unforeseen incident, a performance scheduled during the closure will also be canceled. Email to exchange your tickets or receive a refund.
About J. Myles Hesse
J. Myles Hesse is thrilled to have St. Charles Community College produce The Lily and the Mantis. His other playwriting credits include Decadents Gone Wilde (A.E. Hotchner Festival; Glass Half Full Theatre Circle), Fishing Talk (Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis), Chlamydia in the Closet (Triangle Rainbow Theater), The American Tragedy: A Comedy (Glass Half Full Theatre Circle), and The Goosegirl (Shawe Memorial Jr./Sr. High School). In addition to being a playwright, Hesse is a director, stage manager, and dramaturg. He has his Bachelor's in Theater and English from Indiana State University, his Master's in Theater and Performance Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in English Literature at Saint Louis University.

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Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Theatre Cottleville, MO 63376

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