Join us on Saturday, February 11 from, 7-9 PM for an evening of staged dramatic readings from five Pittsburgh-area playwrights. The event is FREE.
A staged reading is a performance of a play without costumes or sets, voiced by actors while seated or moving only minimally. The stage directions are read aloud by a narrator. The purpose of a staged reading is to provide the writer or director insight into the effectiveness of the drama while it’s being developed. Audience feedback after the show is an integral part of the process.
Joining us on Saturday will be:
Nancy Bach is an actor, director, acting instructor and fledgling playwright. She will present a scene from her first and only play, which is entitled “Campground Bathroom facilities of North America, Circa 1970.”
William Cameron is a professor of Communication Arts at Washington and Jefferson College. A playwright, his works have been performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and elsewhere around the country. Violet Sharp, his prize-winning play about the Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, has been published by Samuel French. He will present a scene from an unfinished work tentatively titled Shots Fired.
Ginny Cunningham was most recently seen and heard as a story teller at the August 2016 Bricolage Word Play series. A founding member of a Playwrights’ Lab at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, her plays have seen production on City Theatre’s Hamburg stage, in Pittsburgh Playwright’s Black and White Series and numerous readings at Friday Night ‘Wrights, as well as new play readings, workshops and festivals throughout the United States. The scenes she will present are part of a larger work in development about one family as its members pursue an American dream in the context of lives that are anything but dreamlike.
Sharon Dilworth is the author of two collections of short stories, The Long White and Women Drinking Benedictine and a novel, Year of the Ginkgo. She is the recipient of the Iowa Award in Short Fiction a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant as well as a Pushcart Prize in Fiction. A new novel, Radio Riviera is forthcoming in 2017. A professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, she is the director of the creative writing program. She will present scenes from her new play Birth Mothers, a story of two sisters who after twenty-five years search out their birth parents. The play takes place in contemporary Pittsburgh.
T.S. Frank is a Professor of Communication Arts at Washington & Jefferson College; he is also a playwright and storyteller. Mr. Frank served as the Region II Chair for the National Playwriting Program, for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and board president of the Unseam’d Shakespeare Company. His play “Butter’s Goat” has been performed in New York, London, and Pittsburgh, and he has directed for the stage in those cities as well. His play The Pledge was premiered at W&J College, and The Spring Harvest, which had its premiere at W&J, was produced by Slippery Rock University in 2016. Mr. Frank is also a painter and inveterate collector. Mr. Frank wrote the 10-minute play “Driver” from an assignment that he had given his students in playwriting class at W&J last semester.