Salt Lake Acting Company News Release
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SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY’S NEW PLAY SOUNDING SERIES PRESENTS A READING OF THE LAST WORD BY DAVID KRANES, DIRECTED BY ROBIN WILKS-DUNN.
Salt Lake Acting Company’s New Play Sounding Series presents a free reading of THE LAST WORD– a new play by local playwright David Kranes– Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7 PM. The 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. We thank the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation and the Dramatists Guild Fund for their support of this vital program.
THE LAST WORD is a drama based on the importance of bridging planes. We meet Raven, a Chumash Indian woman in her mid thirties who after 20 years returns to her tribal home, called to the deathbed of her father, Almost Ocean who is the last remaining speaker of the Chumash language. With her partner Peter, an ordained minister “between churches,” Raven makes the journey from Lincoln Massachusetts to her father’s trailer home in Solvang, California. Almost Ocean asks Raven to return to the village so that he might- if he finds her worthy- teach her as much of their language as he can before he dies.
Playwright David Kranes says, “Everything I have ever written, has been about the difficulty of speaking-- the struggle to find the proper language to genuinely speak to one another.” Every day languages are lost. Each time our world loses a language, a community loses a piece of its history- stories, myths, beliefs and traditions. Kranes describes his inspiration, “When I read, some years back, about the death of the last speaker of the Chumash language, I knew that there was a story lurking in that news column that I needed to imagine and tell.” THE LAST WORD reminds us that these utterances are ours to preserve and that without family our histories become illegible
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 THE LAST WORD
PLAYWRIGHT David Kranes
DIRECTOR Robin Wilks-Dunn
CAST Brenda Sue Cowley, David Fetzer, Shane Mozaffari, Gene Pack, Cassandra Stokes-Wylie
DATE AND TIME November 14, 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
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DATES Opened: November 2, 2011
Closing: December 4, 2011
TIMES Regular: Wed – Sat - 7:30 p.m.
Sun- 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
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SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre found in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.
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