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SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY PRESENTS A FREE READING OF THE RIVETING PERMANENT COLLECTION BY THOMAS GIBBONS
“Racist. The accusation is its own truth.”
Salt Lake Acting Company’s New Play Sounding Series presents a free reading of the engaging, exciting, racially-charged, PERMANENT COLLECTION, by Thomas Gibbons and directed by Robin Wilks-Dunn, on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:00pm. SLAC joins the National New Play Network (NNPN), and over 25 theatres across the U.S., in celebrating NNPN’s’ 15th anniversary with this nationwide theatre event: a staged reading of NNPN’s first Rolling World Premiere, PERMANENT COLLECTION. The reading also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Continued Life of New Plays Fund, which supports three theatres that choose to mount the same play within a twelve-month period. NNPN is an organization which unites nonprofit theatres that champion the development and production of new plays. SLAC is thrilled to participate in this exciting nationwide theatre event.
When African-American businessman Sterling North is named director of the Morris Foundation which boasts a world-famous art collection, the traditions and regulations of the recently deceased eccentric founder are called into question. Sterling’s desire to include more African art in the collection on display creates tension within the foundation and with the long-time education director, Paul Barrow. The escalating arguments on race and art are complex, thought-provoking and stimulating. This explosive and fresh look at racial politics portrays the fragile nature of race relations and the destructive power of pride. Ultimately the audience is given the opportunity to see the world through another’s eyes.
The reading will be followed by a post-play discussion with the director and the cast. Audience members have a special opportunity to ask questions and share insight to inform and influence the development of the production.
The New Play Sounding Series is part of SLAC’s outreach programming which provides an essential testing ground on which playwrights can 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 for their support of this vital program.
By Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Robin Wilks-Dunn
Thomas Gibbons is playwright-in-residence at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, which has produced seven of his plays: Pretending to America, 6221, Axis Sally, Black Russian, Bee-luther-hatchee, Permanent Collection, and A House With No Walls. His plays have been seen at the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, off-off-Broadway at Blue Heron Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Actors Express, Florida Stage, Unicorn Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona Theatre Company, Center Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre, and many others. He is the recipient of seven playwriting fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Roger L. Stevens Award from the Fund for New American Plays, a Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award, two Barrymore Awards for outstanding new play, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.
Toni Byrd, Kent Hadfield, Stephanie Howell, Tom Jacobson, Brien Jones, Penny Pendleton, Angela Trusty
Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 7pm
Salt Lake Acting Company
168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103
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Open 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri
Admission is free to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm
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April 10 – May 5, 2013
Wednesday – Saturday, 7:30pm
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SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c) 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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