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Eclipse: Sketch Comedy Holiday One Acts Is a Potpourri of Plays Written by Local Dramatists


Moonlight Stage Company will present Eclipse: Sketch Comedy Holiday One Acts, a potpourri of short plays written and produced by local playwrights, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11th, and Saturday, Dec. 12th The show consists of seven skits — all written by either Mark Cornell or Estes Tarver and all directed by Tarver.

The lineup includes:

  • “NCPD (North Carolina Police Division)” parts one and two: Two inept cops arrest Santa Claus.
  • “Gigi’s Salon”: A hair salon has a mysterious temporary stylist.
  • “The Rental Company”: A guy goes to rent a car on Christmas Eve; the place is run by a mobster.
  • “The Invisible Man” : A man on a blind date believes he has a superpower.
  • “Christmas Clown” : A couple hires a clown for Christmas.
  • “Clarity Rum” and “Clarity Cocoa”: Two commercial-like sketches about a fake product line for the holidays. It’s a drink. You drink it, and you tell the truth.

The actors include: Oliver Riera, Sean McCracken, Paul Palienko, Paul Kilpatrick, Susie Pratt, Meagan Mackenzie, Gaby Cila, Ethan Rosero, Estes Tarver, and Mark Cornell.


Moonlight Stage Company artistic director Estes Tarver is an award-winning actor, director, writer, and producer, working out of Raleigh, NC. He has acted in New York City, Los Angeles, North Carolina, and regionally. He coaches actors at the professional level, and has taught acting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory. He has an MFA in acting from UNC-Chapel Hill, and has students regularly acting in stage, film, and television.

Mark Cornell is a playwright, director, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Thirty-seven of his plays have been produced in theaters around the world.

Moonlight Stage Company is dedicated to its audiences, patrons, performers, writers, students, and new works, including theater, improv, original music, stand-up comedy, and writer’s theater. It is focused on bringing fresh new material to the for the enjoyment of live entertainment and to celebrate humanity and creativity.

Moonlight Stage Company presents ECLIPSE: SKETCH COMEDY HOLIDAY ONE ACTS at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 at 1304 Paddock Dr., Raleigh, North Carolina 27609.


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PARENTAL ADVISORY: These one-act plays contain adult language and are intended for audiences 16 years of age and up.


Estes Tarver (Moonlight Stage Company founder and creative director and playwright): (Moonlight Stage Company bio) and (Facebook page).

Mark Cornell (playwright): (official website) and (Facebook page).


Kurt Benrud is a graduate of Cary High School and N.C. State University, and he has taught English at both. He first became involved in local theater in 1980. He has served on the board of directors for both the Cary Players and the Cary Playwrights’ Forum. He is also a volunteer reader with Triangle Radio Reading Service. Click here to read his reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.

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