Monday, January 30, 2012

February Hodge Podge

The Hodge Podge Play Reading Series continues on February 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm and will feature the new play Spake by David L. Williams.

Hodge Podge Readings
will be held one Sunday a month January-March 2012 at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio. The readings will be presented in an information setting and guests are encouraged to bring a pot luck dish to share.

Spake Synopsis: In a packed Siberian church on a snowy day, a priest gives a eulogy for a 109 year old town leader. Suddenly, the stage goes dark as the church caves in, killing everyone inside. Everyone who speaks the regional language of Ujide is dead. Everyone except for great grandson Nicholas, who remained at Cornell University for finals. At Cornell, linguistics major Jessica is planning her thesis: finding an original wellspring language, an idea explored by famed Ithaca serial killer Edward Rulloff. Jessica doesn't know about Siberia, but she will; she dumped Nicholas a month ago for divinity student Cal. The church collapse begins an amazing sequence of events involving the Voynich Manuscript (a famous untranslated text), a gathering spell, the return of both Edward Rulloff and Nicholas' younger sister Irina, and a reversal of the Tower of Babel. By the end, a few flakes of snow have changed the world forever.

David L. Williams is a graduate of the theatre department of Cornell University, where he was a four time award recipient in the Heerman's-McCalmon Playwriting contest. Since then, he has written more than twenty-five plays and musicals. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and has won the Riverside Stage Company's Founder's Award and the EBE Ensemble's "You Fill In The Blank" festival. Additionally he has been named a finalist in Inkwell Theatre's Inkubator Festival (Washington, D.C.) and a two-time finalist in HotCity Theatre's GreenHouse New Play Festival (St. Louis). His career highlights include having four of his plays and musicals selected for the New York International Fringe Festival. His work has also been produced in Illinois, California, Massachusetts, Florida, and Washington, D.C. He lives in New York City with his wonderful wife Kathleen.

Each selected play will be presented as an informal reading. A reading is defined as actors presenting the words of a script, using scripts-in-hand. With no rehearsals prior to the public reading, 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 potluck (bring a dish to share!) and moderated talk back session where audience members are invited to enjoy homemade cuisine and to give their feed-back on the plays.

All events are free and open to the public and begin at 2:00 PM. Donations are encouraged. To receive a copy of the play to be read, please make reservations by calling 740/592.4315 at least 48 hours in advance.

Many thanks to the Humble Play Committee for helping to make this event possible.