A dearth of bees marks a troubled time; bees' disappearance foretells ecological turmoil and eventual collapse. In Tira Palmquist's Age of Bees, it's the year 2098 and a group of people are trying to rebuild life at an agricultural compound. Mel, a young woman seeking sanctuary, may be forced to bear a child for the volatile patriarch -- unless she finds a way out with Jonathan, the bright and kind field researcher attempting to find glimmers of life in this desolate world. Tesseract Theatre Company brings Palmquist's moving show to life.

8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. (Apr. 17-26). Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Boulevard; 314-496-4743 or www.tesseracttheatre.org). $5 to $10..
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: April 17. Continues through April 26, 2015

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