Tuesday, March 13, 2012

“Whatever Happened To Baby Abby” 3/25/12

ARTS/West presents a play workshop of Whatever Happened to Baby Abby by local playwright, Merri Biechler at 7pm Sunday, March 25.

This play is about a young woman trying to define her life as meaningful and her job choice as successful. "We all remember where we were on that snowy March morning in 1972 when, after 41 hours of national news coverage, we watched as Baby Abby was pulled out alive from that Wisconsin ice cave. As the twenty-five year anniversary of the rescue approaches, Abigail Walters discovers that she's Baby Abby and to her horror realizes that she's done nothing with her life to justify her being saved."

Merri Biechler is a professional actor and a graduate of Ohio University’s school of theater professional playwrighting program. She’s guest starred on several TV shows including Judging Amy and E.R. Biechler has appeared in films such as He Said, She Said; Man of the Year; and The Thing Called Love. Her plays include Bombs, Babes and Bingo (world premiere at Mortar Theatre Company, 2012; New Orleans Fringe Festival; Artist’s Laboratory Theatre
workshop; Semi-finalist, P73 Playwriting Fellowship; Finalist, Clubbed Thumb Theater Biennial commission); Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver (Finalist, Princess Grace Award; Winner, Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award; Finalist, Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition; Participant, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory); and Real Girls Can’t Win (Nominee, Stavis Award and David Mark Cohen Award; Victory Gardens Theatre workshop;
Productions at Ohio University, Centenary College, Indiana State—KCACTF Region III production; and upcoming Augustana College.)

Whatever Happened to Baby Abby was read as a part of the 2011’s Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio. Because of the positive audience feedback about the play “Baby Abby” was selected for a development workshop this spring. Biechler, will spend a week-long intensive with director Emily Prince and cast working on the play. The new draft will be performed as a workshop production (minimal staging, scripts in hand) at ARTS/West on March 25th, and attendance is free.

The workshop is being presented with the support of The Corporation for the Performing Arts. The mission of the Corporation for the Performing Arts (CPA) is to include professional performing arts, and provide access to the professional level performing arts and artists in Athens, OH; Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble. The mission of Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble (BMTE) is to challenge, engage and inspire the residents of the community with explosive and thought-provoking theater. As Southeast Ohio’s Professional Theater Company, BMTE develops and produces new theater works, as well as contemporary and classical plays. With a commitment to collaboration and a desire to integrate art into the fabric of the region, they strive to explore, confront and affirm what it means to be alive.

Don’t miss your chance to see the newest version of this play by local, accomplished playwright and OU graduate, Merri Biechler, and celebrate women’s history month at the same time.

Keeping your theater local!