A young girl and her newly adopted polar bear take a fantastical journey to a strange urban-industrial version of the Emerald City, in a world where suitcases are full of fish and the sky rains down scoops of vanilla ice cream.
A lighthouse keeper and his daughter try to come to terms with the death of her mother in a terrorist attack, while the Leviathan prowls the waters surrounding their home. Is the apocalypse near?
If youve ever wondered what the theater kids are up to over at Cornish, now you know what this semesters batch are. The two plays summarized above, Jessica Hatlos Esperanza and Oso and Jonathan Hoonhouts The Way Things Should, along with Mallery Avidons less-fantastical relationship story The Death of Geography, are the offerings in the Colleges Winter New Works Festival, kicking off with Esperanza tonight. The readings, staged by theater students and alumni and performed by the junior and senior ensembles, are works-in-progress that are free and open to the public. Who says nothing goodor on its way to beingcomes like that? Studio 204, Main Campus Center, Cornish College of the Arts, 1000 Lenora St., 726-5011, www.cornish.edu. Free. Esperanza also Feb. 14 and 16; Geography Feb. 8, 22, 23; Should Feb. 15, 29, March 1. All shows 8 p.m. RACHEL SHIMP
Fri., Feb. 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 1, 8 p.m., 2008