Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Hodge Podge Play Reading

It's 2012 and we're back and ready for action!

ARTS/West is pleased to announce our exciting new opportunity for new play development. We received well over 100 submission for our Humble Play last year and 4 days just wasn't long enough for all of the great new plays we wanted to read, The Hodge Podge Play Reading Series was born!

The first Hodge Podge Play Reading Series will be held one Sunday a month January-March 2012 at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio.

Jan. 8, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Women and Guns by Steve Gold of Jamesburg, New Jersey

Feb. 5, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Spake by David L. Williams of New York, New York

Mar. 4, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Dissolution of Mr. Stein by Marianne Hales Harding of St. George, Utah

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.

Space is limited and reservations are strongly 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.

Jan. 8, 2012, 2:00pm- Reading of Women and Guns by Steve Gold of Jamesburg, New Jersey

Women and Guns


This play details the life of a female Marine MP, Tiffany Hansen, who is sent to Baghdad during the Iraq war, leaving behind her civilian boyfriend in southern California. The play follows the Marine from her first day in Basic training to her subsequent deployment in Iraq. Along the way, she meets Bobby, a car mechanic who will become her companion. The psychological effect of her deployment both on her and Bobby is examined, as is her reaction to her subsequent accidental killing of an Iraqi girl.

The play makes the point that Tiffany serves in combat even though women are officially barred from doing so by act of congress. Indeed, this play could not have been written before the Iraq war because the social conditions did not exist: Iraq is the first American conflict in which women serve in combat on a large scale. To date, almost five hundred women have been killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.