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Many of you were in the audience at Stuart’s Opera House on September 11, 2006, for the first Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble reading of The Guys by Anne Nelson. The play documents the story of New York Fire Chief Nick Flannigan in the aftermath of 9/11. Our audience talk-back session that night was filled with personal accounts of the attacks, as audience members recounted where they were when the towers fell. Emotions still felt raw on that night five years ago.

And here we are. Ten years since the events of 9/11. While some things remain the same, many have been forever changed, and those raw emotions have morphed into…what exactly? Media exhaustion? Rage? Frustration? Fear? Hope? All of the above at different times? We want to hear from you, our audience. Where are we as a nation, as a community, ten years later?

We are excited to bring you the next installment of our Free Play Reading Series, Defiant by George Brant. George is a gifted playwright who has recently moved to Cleveland after many years on the East Coast. The Monkeys are big fans of his writing and we are excited to bring a play reading of his to Athens. Defiant tells the story of Ann Martin, a woman who incurs the wrath of a grieving country when she refuses to memorialize her husband following his death in a national tragedy. The play is a beautifully crafted Greek tragedy that asks difficult questions about what it means to grieve, what it means to be a patriot, and how a decision to not honor the dead can be seen as treasonous.

Presented by Brick Monkey Theatre Ensemble, Southeast Ohio’s professional theater company, the reading will be directed by company member Brian Evans, and features Merri Biechler, Shelley Delaney, Ledger Free, David Haugen, Phillip Johnson, Kate Scholl and lorraine wochna.

Dr. William Condee will facilitate an audience talk-back after the reading.

The reading will take place at 2pm on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street, Athens, OH. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Come join us for an afternoon of thought-provoking theater and discussion!

George Brant’s scripts have been produced and developed internationally by Trinity Repertory Company, the Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, the Playwrights Foundation, Premiere Stages, the Playwrights’ Center, WordBRIDGE Playwright’s Lab, Trustus Theatre, the Drama League, Florida Studio Theatre, Terrific New Theatre, the Elemental Theatre Collective and the Disney Channel, among others. His script Elephant’s Graveyard was awarded the David Cohen National Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center and the Keene Prize for Literature. He has received writing fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Michener Center for Writers, as well as commissions from Dobama Theatre and Theatre 4. His plays are published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, and Broadway Play Publishing.