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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY’S NEW PLAY SOUNDING SERIES PRESENTS A READING OF A NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY BY MATTHEW IVAN BENNETT, DIRECTED BY MARK FOSSEN.
SLAC’s New Play Sounding Series presents a free reading of A NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY – a new comedy by local playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett– Monday, October 24, 2011 at 7 PM. The New Play Sounding Series is a part of SLAC’s outreach programming and supports our goal to enrich the live theatre experience for both our audience and our theatre artists. NPSS gives playwrights an essential testing ground, on which they see their work in progress and receive insightful feedback from the audience in a post-play discussion.
A NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY is a comedy surrounding a character-driven, dysfunctional family who has gathered together in Salt Lake City. Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett describes his script as “a love letter to the Kaufman and Hart, an oddball play with a twist toward 21st century problems.” In A NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY, we meet: Donald- a New Age hoarder, Diane- a micromanager and a cougar, Antoine- a French-Canadian modern dancer and soon-to-be stepdad, Bree- a Mormon convert whose husband has an internet porn addiction, and Donny- a newlywed with anxiety attacks. We meet a family….. full of advice.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT- Bennett says, “When I was in my early 20s, my attitude about my family was that I was so obviously, completely, deeply, and intrinsically different from them. In my early 30s, my attitude is that I used to be a dumbass. Family is so much a part of who you are, it's impossible to see sometimes. A NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY is a play about a family in crisis (or a whole family involving themselves in a son's crisis), how we directly sabotage each other even as we're trying to help, and how relationships are always, always messy--and, mercifully, hilarious.”
The reading will be followed by a post-play discussion with the playwright, the director & the cast. Audience members will be invited to ask questions and share insight regarding the development of the production.
SLAC NPSS reading A NIGHT WITH THE FAMILY
PLAYWRIGHT Matthew Ivan Bennett
DIRECTOR Mark Fossen
CAST Michael Gardner, Mark Gollaher, JJ Peeler, Teresa Sanderson, Richard Scott, Cassandra Stokes-Wylie
DATE AND TIME October 24, 2011 @ 7 PM
The audience does not need a ticket in advance to attend this reading. The building will open one hour prior to the performance when general admission tickets will be distributed, and the theatre will open half an hour before the performance.
Salt Lake Acting Company is located at 168 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103.
For more information call 801- 363-7522 or visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org <http://www.saltlakeactingcompany.org/>
GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza, with Darrin Doman, Nell Gwynn, Zack Phifer & Christy Summerhays .
DATES Opened: October 12, 2011
Closing: November 6, 2011
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