'This segment of the initiative proffers a platform for the public reception of new work either complete or ʻin progressʼ. All work submitted is reviewed, selected, and cast with the specific purpose of readings for the general public. This public reading offers the playwrights a new perspective on their developing works prior to further revision and review. This component of the Initiative is most important. The community that surrounds the summer festival each year is employed as advocates of these playwrights as they work to discover and develop their personal aesthetic as well as seeking the next wave of dramatic form.' (Playwrights' Initiative Mission.)
Our three visiting playwrights and our resident playwright, Joshua Mikel, will present their pre-written works, still in development, this weekend at the Babcock Fine Arts Centre Art Gallery. The schedule is as follows:
SATURDAY, JULY 17TH 2010, 2PM
MUERTE DEL MAESTRO
Set in the South Side of Chicago, Magic Man follows six-year-old Ade as he befriends an imaginary magician and con artist. As Ade's older brother, Michael, becomes more involved in their uncle's drug dealings, a violent gang war erupts, and Ade must choose whether or not to follow in his brother's footsteps or stay in the world that he has created as a child.
EXTINCTION FANTASIES: two apocalyptic romances
A deadly plague has quietly destroyed the tiny, rural town of Tarker, wiping out nearly the entire population. Amidst the fading coughs and approaching gunfire, several survivors spark up new romances and repair wounded relationships in this pair of fractured love stories that begin at the end of the world.
We look forward to seeing you at this year's public reading series, a wing of the Endstation Theatre Company, in collaboration with the 2010 Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival.