LIONS LOST at Brick Monkey

Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble wants to brighten your post-daylight-savings-time evening with a free play reading! November’s offering will be company member Erik Ramsey’s Lions Lost (in Translation). Originally developed at WordBRIDGE play lab, Cleveland Public Theater, American Stage, and the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, the play follows Professor Bloy who suffers from a very literary ailment: he has become a metaphor of himself. He hunts a cure from a list of specialists: from the family physician, to a science fiction writer best known for his portrayal of the sexual habits of robots, to the Latina bricklayer next door. In the end, exhausted by his search, he must bring his illness to the supper table where his fading wife awaits.

The reading will be presented by the Brick Monkey Theatre Ensemble, southeast Ohio’s professional theater company. The reading will be directed by ensemble member Shelley Delaney and will feature Beth Brown and ensemble members Dennis Delaney, Brian Evans, David Haugen and lorraine wochna.

The reading will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at Glidden Recital Hall on the Ohio University campus. Admission is free.

Erik Ramsey is an Associate Professor of Playwriting who teaches with Charles Smith in the MFA Playwriting Program, and is Head of Undergraduate Playwriting at Ohio University. His plays have been produced around the country, and Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing have published several of his short works. Currently, he is writing a trilogy of historical dramas about the surprising turn of events that boosted Joseph Smith from life as a small time con-artist to Prophet of the Mormon Church; the first in the series, titled SMITH UNEARTHED, has recently been featured and developed at the International Society of Contemporary Literature and Theatre Conference (Estonia: 2007), the Gwen Frostic National Reading Series at Western Michigan University (Nov, 2008), and at Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble (Dec, 2008). His two textbooks, “The Art of Theatre: Then and Now” and “Experiencing the Art of Theatre” are in their second edition from Wadsworth (2010), and are in use at over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. In 2007 Erik was named a Kennedy Center Faculty Fellow for his work in new play development and in 2010 he was appointed as Director of Innovation, Research and Theory for WordBRIDGE Playwrights’ Laboratory. This past September he taught master classes in playwriting and play development technique at Lubimovka Playwrights Laboratory in Moscow, Russia.