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“Some things can’t be proved. You just believe them.”

A rare excursion into epic fantasy for live theatre that celebrates friendship, courage and the power of imagination, based on a short story by New York Times Best-selling author Terry Brooks.

The Secret of Courage

An Inspiring hero’s journey filled with magic and wonder begins when high school teen, Jack McCall, a budding fantasy writer and baseball player, accidentally discovers that he faces a health crisis. His best friend, Waddy, isn’t concerned at all. He says people recover from illnesses all the time and Jack’s tough. But Jack cannot stop thinking about the death of his beloved Uncle Frank and fears that he will face the same future. Then reality blends with fantasy as the ghost of Uncle Frank appears and a huge owl guides Jack into nearby Sinnissippi park to ask for help from the powerful friends he met there the day Uncle Frank died.

In this magical realm, Jack faces Wartag, the vicious troll whose games become dangerous, and encounters Deirdre, a huge Owl whose irreverent sense of humor is directed at everyone. Keokuk, a Sauk ghost, arrives to connect Jack to the history of Native American bravery that once lived in the park. Pick, the Elf, the Guardian who balances the magic in the park, leads Jack toward finding the bravery it will take to face the powerful Demon who has escaped from its prison in a massive tree. Jack begins to question whether this whole adventure is real or a figment of his imagination but when the Demon arrives and threatens his friend, Waddy, Jack finds his courage and discovers that facing this adversary just might be the key to fighting his illness.

Basedon the short story, “Imaginary Friends”, by New York Times best-selling fantasy author, Terry Brooks, this play presents a rare excursion into epic fantasy for live theatre that celebrates friendship, courage and the power of imagination. An earlier version of this play was developed at The Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices. The Coterie premiere was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.