Theatre Nova has a bevy of script readings ready for next week’s Michigan Playwrights Festival in an effort to promote the work and success of Michigan-based playwrights, which is integral to the health of live theatre in communities throughout Michigan.
Located in Ann Arbor at 410 W. Huron, Theatre Nova will offer the following script readings throughout the week:
“Same” by Ron Riekki
Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8:00 pm
When a professor for a course in Islam in the Public Sphere misses a class session, the students in the course begin questioning the truths of their own political beliefs. In their discussion, the Great Lakes emerges as the central narrative to this confusing new Trumped-up world. Directed by Emilio Rodriguez.
“Chasing Clouds” by Michael Herman
Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 8:00 pm
In a world where silver linings are collected and sold, two elderly “cloud farmers” struggle to hold on to their farm and their relationship as their monthly deadline approaches. But when Earl Cooper falls victim to a tragic accident, this month might be their last. Directed by D. B. Schroeder.
“Walls” by Jill Halpern
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 8:00 pm
Emotional, cultural and physical walls begin to crumble as two very different women room together behind a Zen retreat’s tall front wall. From a pilgrimage to “red voter country,” a father-daughter homecoming, a surprise visit from an undocumented immigrant boy, and a blossoming relationship emerge a story of what’s possible when we dare to venture beyond our walls into the realm of our shared humanity. Directed by Brian Cox.
“The After-Party” by Kim Carney
Friday, Oct. 13 at 8:00 pm
Yvette is a sexy 50-something. Allen is a geeky 30-something. When she brings him home after the office Christmas party, he gets way more than he ever hoped (or bargained) for. Directed by Carrie Sayer.
“Mama’s Moon Machine” by Linda Ramsay-Detherage
Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8:00 pm
It’s September 11, 2001, and 99-year-old Clementine Pascal is dying in a New York City hospital. As she descends deeper into unconsciousness, her reality blurs, and she is brought back to her home in Queens in the year 1921 to relive the day she accidentally dropped a flower pot on her mother’s head and changed everything. Directed by Adriane Galea.
“RETCON or Actually It’s a Play About Ethics in Superhero Journalism” by Joe Zarrow
Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2:00 pm
A beloved comic book superheroine is finally getting her own feature film, but some fans are very unhappy with the casting. A universe-hopping play about geek culture, race, and keeping your story straight. Directed by Krista Schafer Ewbank.