Oliver Twisted


Mark your calendars! The Rage of the Stage Players, Pittsburgh’s only dark alternative theatre company, are concluding our 20th anniversary celebration with a FREE dramatized livestream reading of our darkest play (to date), “Oliver Twisted”!

Performed by a cast from across the U.S.—Ragers both old and new—“Oliver Twisted” tells the tale of a dystopian future, where, in a sadistic attempt to break his spirit, an abused orphan named Oliver Twist has been abandoned in the bleak, decaying district of “Old London”. While there, Oliver meets all manner of scoundrels, but none as monstrous as the unapologetically lascivious Fagin, a mountebank who fosters a nest of fair adolescent boys in exchange for skin-crawling services which extend far beyond “picking a pocket or two.” Oliver’s only real hope is the friendship he forges with Jack Dawkins, a rakish peacock of a lad, better known as “The Artful Dodger”, and Nancy, a kindhearted prostitute, whose ever-growing affection for the out of place orphan risks placing her in harm’s way.

Adult themes and strong language.

The Rage of the Stage Players


A FREE Dramatized Livestream Reading of “Oliver Twisted”

A Play by James Michael Shoberg

Inspired by Characters Created by Charles Dickens

Sunday, May 23, 2021

7:30 PM Eastern Time


(Link will not be active until the date and time of the performance.)


Starring (In order of appearance):

Narrator – Ashley Nemit

Mrs. Mann – Carrie L. Shoberg

Sergeant Bumble – Clay Glenny

Oliver Twist – Erich Schuett

Monks – Robert Kowalewski

Noah Claypole – Mark McConnell Jr.

Charlotte – Charlsey Bickett

Sowerberry – Ryan Ott

“The Artful Dodger” – Violet Hunt

Charley Bates – George T. Ramey

“Flash” Toby Crackit – Erik Thompson

Fagin – James Michael Shoberg

Nancy – Paige Moody

Bet – Lily V. Sixx

General Brownlow – Rich Kenzie

Bill Sikes – Shawn Davies

Bull’s-Eye – Carrie L. Shoberg

Captain Fang – Brian Ceponis

Technical Direction by Joseph Stammerjohn