Brick Monkey Reading Series is HERE!


Brick Monkey Theater EnsembleATHENS, March 1, 2010– Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble (BMTE), Southeast Ohio’s only professional theater company, is happy to announce it’s upcoming series of play readings.   BMTE will present a play reading on the second Tuesday of each month from March through June beginning on March 9th.  The readings will be free of charge and audience members will be invited to discuss the play with the company following each reading.  Two of the plays are newly written works by company members Merri Biechler and Charles Smith, and each of the plays is under consideration for future production.   All readings are free of charge.

The readings will take place at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of the month: 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8, and will include:

3/9: FICTION by Steven Dietz. Director: David Haugen, Actors: Dennis Delaney, Shelley Delaney, Kate Scholl.  Location:  Glidden Recital Hall on the Ohio University campus.

Fiction by Steven Dietz is a provocative examination of the life and loves of two successful, married writers.  Linda and Michael thrive on the give-and-take of their unusually honest relationship.  But when they decide to share their journals, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down.  No life, it turns out, is an open book.  To quote the play, “The lies begin when you lift the pen.”

Locations of the following three readings are to be announced:

4/13: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES by Charles Smith. Company: TBA. Premiere regional reading of a new work in progress.

5/11: OCCUPATION by Merri Biechler.  Actors: Janice Evans, Kate Scholl, Rebecca VerNooy, Lorraine Wochna.  Premiere regional reading of a new work in progress.

6/8: FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE by Terrence McNally: Director: TBA, Actors: Merri Biechler, Ledger Free.

About Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble

The vibrant arts scene in Athens and Southeast Ohio features internationally recognized professionals working in a variety of artistic disciplines, ranging from ceramics and photography to dulcimer building and fiddle playing. In 2007, thirteen professional theater artists came together in Athens to found the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble with the expressed intent of producing professional theater of a caliber to match our internationally acclaimed and thriving arts community.

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation located in Athens, Ohio.  The playwrights, directors, actors and designers who constitute BMTE are artists whose collective body of professional work encompasses all branches of the entertainment field:  theater, television and film.  Members of the ensemble have worked at theater venues that include Broadway, Off-Broadway, major theatrical markets including Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., as well as a range of significant regional theaters. They hold memberships in key professional entertainment industry unions and guilds, including Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, United Scenic Artists, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild of America, and New Dramatists.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to challenge, engage and inspire the residents of our community with explosive and thought provoking theater. As the only professional theater company in Southeast Ohio, we develop and produce new theater works, as well as contemporary and classic plays. With a commitment to collaboration and a desire to integrate our art into the fabric of our region, we strive to explore, confront and affirm what it means to be alive.

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council.