A quiet day--playwrights writing away. At night we gathered again with a group of volunteer performers. We started the evening with a reading of Vicki Cheatwood's The Last Time Cooper Took Midge Fishing -- one of the short pieces we'd done readings of for International Woman's Day last March; when we restaged the plays at Ohio State and videotaped them for the playwrights, the performers in Vicki's play weren't available. So since Vicki's here, we decided to start the evening with her terrific short play (more about the staged readings at http://osureadings.blogspot.com --click the link 'readings at OSU' to the right)
Here's the cast of The Last Time Cooper Took Midge Fishing, listening attentively to another piece: from left: John Kuhn (Cooper), Cate Blair-Wilhelm (Midge), Tatyana Yassenov (Fish). John's currently playing King Lear at Actors' Theatre, Columbus' free Shakespeare company in Schiller Park, of which he's the Artistic Director--hence the somewhat bushy beard. Tatyana chose an appropriately color and cut for her dress!
reading Mrinalini Kamath's new piece about Orpheus; here OSU students Kyle Jepson and Ryan Britton as Eurydice and Orpheus, and OSU MFA student Kal Poole as Jason; Jane Celehar from the performance group Howling at the Moon and Mary Bonneau listen attentively.
Mrinalini (standing at left) watches the reading; sitting (from left) Bob Pettigrew, volunteer actor; Geralyn Horton; Jo Fell from Howling at the Moon; Carol Shelton, volunteer actor; Ann Alaia Woods; Vicki Cheatwood.
reading Geralyn Horton's Good Practice, a new piece about the clash between the right to die and caregivers seeking to protect those no longer capable of caring for themselves. From left: Kyle Jepson as nurse; Sarah Worthington as a social worker/advocate; Carol Shelton as a strong willed and uncooperative patient ("lying in bed"); Joe Cofer as a security guard; Ryan Britton as the patient's grandson.
Geralyn (over at the right) watches the reading of her play. We also heard Geralyn's new monologue, Mumbet, about the African-American slave whose suit for her rights under the new U.S. Constitution ended slavery legally in Massachusetts in the 1780s; we had four people reading sections of the piece that's intended for a single performer.
And we continue tomorrow, with the added filip that Vicki Cheatwood celebrates a birthday then--so we'll all head out for middle eastern dining after the readings.