CLAY COUNTY – The third annual Playwright’s Retreat and New Play Reading Series, Clay and Water 2021, is scheduled to start Feb. 18. There will be five reading in four days – all on …
CLAY COUNTY – The third annual Playwright’s Retreat and New Play Reading Series, Clay and Water 2021, is scheduled to start Feb. 18. There will be five reading in four days – all on Zoom.
Clamour Theatre also now has a YouTube channel. It will be posting interviews with their playwrights and other artists. If Clamour gets 100 subscribers, it will be allowed to create a customized name of the channel. To subscribe, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFwdopwQC3vouLl_tKCOZjA.
This year’s Clay and Water includes five playwrights from all over the country (l to r: Jaisey Bates, Bethany Dickens Assaf, Barbara Lindsay, Nick Malakhow, and Deborah Yarchun) have joined us virtually to work on their new plays. We’re delighted to be doing FREE public readings of their works-in-progress with fabulous actors on Zoom from Thursday, Feb 18., through Sunday, Feb. 21. A different play will be read each session.
All readings are free and open to the public.
The schedule includes:
Thursday, Feb 18, 7 pm EST
• “Familiar Kill” Barbara Lindsay, on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. Middle-aged couple Ruby and Earl are happy in their new marriage, but the rest of life is bleak and looking bleaker. Earl has lost his job, Ruby hates hers, and they both hate their new apartment. When Ruby makes a homicidal fundraising suggestion, Earl plays along with the joke. But then, their new and very attractive neighbor shows up, and maybe it’s not such a joke?
With Robert Baumgardner, Cher Davis, Debbie Pascoe and Erica Villanueva.
• “Leviathan” by Bethany Dickens Assaf, on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. Heather and Greer are taking a trip to a lake house so Heather can ‘get sober’ before they start trying for a baby. But Heather might just be a fully in-denial alcoholic – and her inner demons are about to have some company. Not to mention there’s something strange going on in the lake… With Max Arnaud, Jeffrey Brackett, Danielle Dobies, Karen Konzen and Blythe Scott.
• “When We Breathe” by Jaisey Bates on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. Zee tries to write. Tee tries to keep Zee awake. Tee and She are four days gone. Lightning: a predatory white Coyote with a bard ruff and sharp teeth in the window. Thunder: an otherworldly howl and pounding at the door. Bee storms in, setting off a dangerous dance of blood memories, grief, horror and hope as History—written with black ink in red blood by white hands-on white pages—opens its eyes. And its mouth. With Sarahjeen François, Sage Hemstreet, Sophia Hill and Dawn Lura.
• “Affinity Lunch Minutes” by Nick Malakhow on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Ben and Jasmine are the only two Black teachers at Penn Valley, a private Quaker school. Jasmine is passionate and boundary pushing, while Ben has worked his way up the ranks at the school to be Diversity Dean thanks to his “agreeable” nature. A racially charged discipline decision ignites a divide at the school and in Jasmine and Ben’s collegial relationship. With Daniel Bair, Paris Crayton III, Deltoiya Goodman, Brian Johnson and Meganne Johnson.
• “Atlas, the Lonely Gibbon” by Deborah Yarchun on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. A dark comedic thriller set in the future. Irene, a former journalist, struggles to find autonomy in a now mindless job editing AI-generated articles, an increasingly challenging marriage, and in an apartment potentially being targeted by hackers. With Daniel Bair, Danielle Dobies, Meganne Johnson, Emily Ramsey and Mitchell Wohl.
Reservations are required and patrons are limited to 100 devices for each reading. To register, visit https://www.clamourtheatre.org/events/.