Tuesday, April 8, 2008

World Premieres opening night!

Tonight is the night.

Tonight we will see not one, but two world premiere readings. Every year as part of the Staged Reading series, Civic Theater will have at least one evening reserved for original works by local playwrights. I believe that the world premiere evening will always be the 4th show of the year. For the purposes of this series, Civic Theatre will define "local" as the 14 county area encompassed by Tippecanoe Arts Federation.

This first year will feature two one-act plays:

Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin - by Deborah Gray
This one act drama describes a loving, but strained, relationship between two middle-aged sisters of completely different temperaments. One is seen as the family failure and the other as the family star. Past relationships, family influences and deep secrets all play part in this compelling play.

Directed by John David Collier

A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth - by Scott Haan
Brandon Butterworth has been “playing the field”. When his multiple girlfriends all discover each other on one fateful night a plan is hatched for revenge. Brandon is about to have a very bad day indeed.

Directed by Julia Colby

The show starts at 7:00 pm at the Monon Depot Theatre (320 North 5th Street). Following the performances there will be a talk back session with the casts, directors and playwrights. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to help cover the overhead costs of the program.

This is a wonderful opportunity to take a sneak peak at the creative process of developing a play. It is also possible that your comments could influence the writers themselves.

Both Deborah and Scott have great talent. I fully expect to hear more from both of them as writers.

I hope to see many of you tonight, it should be a very exciting evening.


Steve Martin said...

I had a tremendous time last night at the world premieres. Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin had a nice mood change from light sibling bantering to more serious drama, and the actors did a very nice job in portraying the differences between the two sisters.

A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth had terrific comic appeal from the very first line. The cast had wonderful chemistry and the timing was right on throughout the entire show.

The direction for both was very nice, and it was great to hear how the playwrights themselves felt about the process of writing, editing and preparing their scripts to be done onstage.

Terrific, terrific, terrific night.

Steve said...

I couldn't agree more Steve. The evening was better than my wildest dreams. More than 100 patrons, two wonderful plays, great casts, great directors, good discussions.

Now let's keep the momentum going with Lonely Planet.