What better way to start the new year than with a new play? A creepy new play.
The second Tuesday of every month at 7pm, I help moderate a series of new play readings for Workhouse Theatre Company in north Minneapolis.
January’s reading (Tuesday, January 14, 2014) as part of the Greenhouse Project for new play development at Workhouse Theatre will be Valerie Borey’s dark new drama What Did Nathaniel Hawthorne Mean?.
The play unfolds a disturbing evening at a veterinary clinic when a mother (Bethany Hummel) and daughter (Victoria Pyan) are subjected to the sadistic whims of an intruder (Foster Johns). Intense and brutal, it is a play about knowing where the tipping point of danger is and learning to react outside the boundaries of politeness. How do we know when to trust our own instincts, particularly when our identities as professionals, as mothers, and as objects of romantic interest are activated?
The reading takes place at the Warren Artist Habitat at 4400 Osseo Road in Minneapolis at 7pm.
The reading is free and open to the public. There will be a feedback session with the playwright afterwards. Any and all are welcome to stay and participate.
The reading is being directed by Forest Hawk Greenwood.
About Valerie – Valerie Borey is a playwright, writer, and Norwegian teacher in Minneapolis. She is a member of Workhouse Theatre Company, where you will often find her urging you to take advantage of the time you have to pursue theatre arts training (register at www.workhousetheatre.org), or beyond that, to think about learning Norwegian (www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org or www.mnlcp.org). She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and is currently completing UCLA’s Fiction Writer’s Program. If you are interested in finding out more about Valerie or her writings, see www.valerieborey.com
February’s Greenhouse reading, on Tuesday, 2/11/14 at 7pm, will be Mic Weinblatt’s Father Figure, and March’s Greenhouse reading, on Tuesday, 3/11/14 at 7pm, will be Sarah Saltwick’s Rabbits. (More on these two in the coming weeks.)