Combined Efforts Presents : “Worthless” – A Play By Jessica Wilson

July 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – July 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Combined Efforts Theatre Presents

Worthless, by Jessica Wilson

Directed by Caleb Borden

Stage Manager Melissa Kaska

Ticket information at

And for sale at the door one hour before the show.

$10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students,Free will donation for individuals with disabilities and for employees of Disability Services organizations.

Appropriate for all ages.

July 27-29th at City High School in Opstad Auditorium

Friday and Saturday Evening Performances at 7:00 p.m.

Afternoon Matinee, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Jessica Wilson, is delighted to see Worthless presented by Combined Efforts. A former Iowa Arts Fellow, she holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and currently runs the Writers Group for Combined Efforts Theater. Previous work has appeared in Best Travel Writing, Best Women’s Travel Writing, Alligator Juniper and others. She has also been seen onstage as an actor with multiple local theaters, including Riverside, Working Group Theatre, Dreamwell Theatre, ICCT, City Circle, the University of Iowa and RHCR. This is her first full-length play.


Fairy tales so rarely give second chances. Maybe it’s time they did. The village of Worthless is filled with all the villains and buffoons and misfits who served as object lessons in the fairy stories we know: Cinderella’s stepsisters; the rude girl who was cursed to have toads and snakes fall out of her mouth; everyone who ever failed to follow a fairy’s directions and was cursed accordingly; everyone who was ever cruel or careless or petty and ended up derailing their lives, or being derailed, as a result. Along with the people who simply served as narrative collateral damage – the ones who had to fail so that the hero or heroine could succeed. What if these people believed that they were irredeemable, helpless, incompetent? What if they then had to band together to save the world from a band of marauding giants? What if this motley crew of leftover characters demanded, or created, their own second chances?

And what if they managed–both in spite and because of all their failures and errors and rudenesses–to succeed?

Director’s note:

The message of this play resonated with me because it is largely a story about character discovering that they are worthy of being loved and that these “leftover” characters each have a history. –Caleb Borden