1-27 - Ixion Kicks Off Fears and Phobias with a Free Staged Reading
Ixion Ensemble continues to explore Fears & Phobias with the first reading of the seven short plays selected for its May production. The reading will be January 27th from 7-10pm in Blue Owl Coffee, 1149 S. Washington Ave. Lansing, MI. Admission is free. For more information call 517.775.4246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reading is being directed by Heath Sartorius and Nick Lemmer. The duo will be working with the scripts throughout the process until the full production goes up in May.
The scripts being read are:
• Legs by Kathleen Barber--Two people struggle to find their identities as they adjust to prosthetic limbs.
• Code by Andrea Clardy-- The time is 2035, when offices and residences everywhere in the United States have been fitted with recording microphones. Through surveillance programs that code “illegal or immoral content,” all conversations are monitored by the government. This is the department in which the surveillance programs are written and revised.
• Killing Trudy by Rich Espey--A couple struggles to help the husband escape anxiety he has lived with all of his life. Anxiety that happens to be manifest as Trudy. Will he ever enjoy a moment or always find the dangers?
• Donald Trump Is a Racist, Xenophobic, Sexist, Ignorant, Tiny-Handed, Tangerine-Faced Narcissist Who Has No Business Being President and Should Be Impeached by Jack Karp--Two agents have summoned an audience full of people to a theatre to identify the traitors. Slowly they select and debate the guilt of the audience members.
• October by Greg Lam--What superstitions do you observe as your team is on its way to winning the pennant?
• Family Planning by John Minigan--A mother and daughter try to process the 2016 election, while her daughter also struggles with what to do about pregnancy.
• Bunker Bound by Chris Shaw Swanson--A mother tries to convince her daughter that the end really is near and that she should stay in the bunker the family built.
"After receiving nearly eighty scripts for consideration, it is exciting to see the process move forward with those chosen," observes Ixion artistic director, jeff croff. "One of the themes that came out of the submissions was an overriding anxiety. There were very few phobias the popped up, but many of the writers tried to give voice to a tension that seems to be lurking at the edges for so many. We're hoping these plays help to name the beast and relieve a little bit of that built up anxiety."
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