Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble is thrilled to be participating for the third year in The 2011 Humble Play Festival. Festival organizers Kelly Lawrence and Emily Prince have done an amazing job of bringing together the Athens theater community to produce a weekend of new play readings at ARTS/West. You’ll have the chance to see readings of four new plays from playwrights from around the country.
All events take place at ARTS/West, 132 W. State Street in Athens, OH. The readings are free and begin at 7pm Thursday, October 6th through Saturday, October 8th, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday, October 9th.
What Ever Happened to Baby Abby? by company member Merri Biechler will have a reading on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 7pm. The comedy is about a young woman who discovers at age 27 that she was a famous baby, but feels she hasn’t lived up to society’s idea of a worthwhile life. The reading features Emily Auwaerter, Karen Chan, Casiha Felt, Jonathan Silver, and Matt Van Slyke.
Death Squad by W. R. Smiddie will have a reading on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 2pm. The play examines the events that led to a terrible massacre in El Salvador in 1981, aided and abetted by the American government. The reading features company member Brian Evans among the cast.
This year’s festival is dedicated to Mr. Smiddie who passed away earlier this year. Bob was instrumental in the birth of the play festival and is sorely missed.
Thursday 10/6/11 at 7:00pm — The Charity Fish Fry Tinikling Show by K. Biadaszkiewicz
Friday 10/7/11 at 7:00pm — What Ever Happened to Baby Abby? by Merri Biechler
Friday 10/7/11 at 11:00pm — the Ohio University School of Theater MFA Playwrights present Midnight Madness
Saturday 10/8/11 at 7:00pm — An Unlikely Hero by Lawrence DuKore
Sunday 10/9/11 at 2:00pm — Death Squad by W.R. Smiddie
Each selected play will be presented as a reading. A reading is defined as actors presenting the words of a script, using scripts-in-hand. Each reading will be kept extremely simple so that the playwright’s words may be the focus of the event. All readings will be followed by a moderated talk back session where audience members are invited to give their feed-back on the plays.
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Many thanks to the The Ohio Arts Council and the Humble Play Committee for making this festival possible.