Spoon River, A Folk Musical

November 15 - 17

Based on The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, the deceased  residents of the mythical town of Spoon River  (inspired by Masters’ real-life hometown of St. Petersburg, Illinois) reflect upon their lives, each revealing their own epitaph. Some have known great sorrow, others great triumph. Their tales intersect, creating a mosaic of small-town life in early 1900s America. Their profound monologues are punctuated by traditional hymns and folk songs, resulting in an ultimately profound and joyful experience. 

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

December 13 & 14

 Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. .

Our Stage


We perform in the lower level of St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway 23 Miles South of Chicago in Homewood, IL.

Play submissions

How to submit your play for consideration

23 Miles South accepts submissions of full length and one act plays with a focus on female or other marginalized people as main characters and a primarily female cast. We especially need plays for young actors.  Send your play, synopsis and character descriptions to with "play submission" in the subject line.   If selected for production, playwright will receive a royalty payment.



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