Feb
15
Thu
Read, Rant, Relate: “Rocket Man” @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center
Feb 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Read, Rant, Relate: "Rocket Man" @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center

Experience four new pieces of contemporary dramatic literature with Relative Theatrics. Participants will engage directly with modern plays by listening to actor-led readings of the texts, then joining discussions breaking down the thematic elements of the works and their relevance to today’s society.

In February, come discuss Steven Dietz’s Rocket ManRocket Man is a serious comedy about the road not taken. Donny Rowan has placed everything he owns on his front lawn, along with a sign that reads: “Here’s my life.  Make an offer.”  He has cut a skylight into his attic and placed his E-Z Boy recliner underneath–where he can sit, staring at the stars.  Somewhere in the universe Donny Believes, is a place where all the roads we never chose converge.  Rocket Man explores one man’s obsessive desire to find this “parallel world”–and the profound effect of his decision on his family and friends.  Themes: crisis of faith, parallel universes, philosophy, and family.

Mar
23
Fri
Creation Station Production – “Bad Jews” @ Blossom Yoga Studio
Mar 23 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Creation Station Production - "Bad Jews" @ Blossom Yoga Studio

Come see a staging of Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews,” followed by a scholar-led talk-back session.

“After a beloved grandfather dies in New York, leaving a treasured piece of religious jewelry that he succeeded in hiding even from the Nazis during the Holocaust, cousins fight over not only the family heirloom, but their religious faith, cultural assimilation, and even the validity of each other’s romance.”

Following the performance, everyone will have a chance to stretch their legs, help themselves to lemonade, coffee, and tea, and enjoy an hour-long talk back.  This open-dialogue portion will help lead the discussion of the play’s conflicts and the impact within our own world.

Mar
24
Sat
Creation Station Production – “Bad Jews” @ Blossom Yoga Studio
Mar 24 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Creation Station Production - "Bad Jews" @ Blossom Yoga Studio

Come see a staging of Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews,” followed by a scholar-led talk-back session.

“After a beloved grandfather dies in New York, leaving a treasured piece of religious jewelry that he succeeded in hiding even from the Nazis during the Holocaust, cousins fight over not only the family heirloom, but their religious faith, cultural assimilation, and even the validity of each other’s romance.”

Following the performance, everyone will have a chance to stretch their legs, help themselves to lemonade, coffee, and tea, and enjoy an hour-long talk back.  This open-dialogue portion will help lead the discussion of the play’s conflicts and the impact within our own world.

Apr
19
Thu
Read, Rant, Relate: “Grace” @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center
Apr 19 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Read, Rant, Relate: "Grace" @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center

Experience four new pieces of contemporary dramatic literature with Relative Theatrics. Participants will engage directly with modern plays by listening to actor-led readings of the texts, then joining discussions breaking down the thematic elements of the works and their relevance to today’s society.

In April, come discuss Craig Wright’s GraceGrace is a tragicomedy that explores human assumptions about how God, goodness, faith and causality operate in the cosmic machinery.  Steve and Sara have relocated to Sunrise, Florida to pursue an unbelievably wonderful business deal, but as the deal slowly unravels and Steve finds himself afflicted with an itch that just won’t stop, Sara finds herself increasingly drawn to their next-door neighbor, Sam, a badly-scarred victim of a recent car accident who wants nothing to do with her or her Bible-quoting husband.  In the end, with a little help from an old German exterminator who’s still angry about the Allied bombing of Hamburg in World War II, all three characters are confronted by a world that’s both better and worse than any religion can justify.  Themes: faith, religion, love, and change.

Sep
20
Thu
Read, Rant, Relate: “Bright Half Life” @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center
Sep 20 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Read, Rant, Relate: "Bright Half Life" @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center

Experience four new pieces of contemporary dramatic literature with Relative Theatrics. Participants will engage directly with modern plays by listening to actor-led readings of the texts, then joining discussions breaking down the thematic elements of the works and their relevance to today’s society.

In September, come discuss Tanya Barfield’s Bright Half LifeBright Half Life, “a sixty-five minute chronicle of a deeply committed lesbian relationship, is as contemporary as a play could be but the theme is classic and timeless.  Legal gay marriage has occupied merely a nanosecond of our existence, but the presentation of the highs and lows of coupledom, as examined in this piece, defy the ages.”  A moving love story that spans decades in an instant–from marriage, children, skydiving, and the infinite moments that make a life together.  Themes: gay marriage, long-term relationships, and race.

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