Dark Nights in Billtown

2014-2015 Dark Nights in Billtown

Dark Nights – Round 2
The second weekend of staged readings for the 2014-2015 Season will happen May 7 – May 9, 2015, as we look at plays that examine gender norms. How has our understanding of gender shifted in the 21st century? How are our relationships affected when gender is continuously deconstructed and reconstructed, forcing us to re-imagine our roles within our relationships? How do couples, families, and communities come together or fall apart as their expectations for each other and themselves are shifting? Join us for a weekend of plays that will surprise you and have you laughing out loud.

Boy Gets Girl
by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Amanda Ewing
Thursday, May 7 at 8pm
Theresa Bedell, a respected magazine writer, goes on a blind date with the mysterious Tony. He seems nice enough at first, but she soon realizes he wants more than she is willing to give. His pursuit of Theresa and her efforts to protect herself bring up issues of gender roles, privacy, and the true meaning of personal strength. Featuring Cara Bosco, Katie Galazka, Michael Hays, Brian Lark, Quinn Strassel, Emily Sutton-Smith, and Rico Wade.

OR,
by Liz Duffy Adams
Directed by Sarab Kamoo
Friday, May 8 at 8pm
Or, takes place (mostly) during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, poet, spy, and soon to be  first professional female playwright. Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production at one of only two London companies, if she can only finish her play by morning despite interruptions from sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne; complicated royal love, King Charles II; and very dodgy ex-love, double-agent William Scott—who may be in on a plot to murder the king in the morning. Can Aphra save Charles’ life, win William a pardon, resist Nell’s charms, and launch her career, all in one night?  Against a background of a long drawn-out war and a counter-culture of free love, cross-dressing, and pastoral lyricism, the 1660s look a lot like the 1960s in this neo-Restoration comedy. Featuring Alysia Kolascz, Michael Lopetrone, and Emily Sutton-Smith.

Late: A Cowboy Song
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Lynn Lammers
Saturday, May 9 at 8pm
This play is for all the lady cowboys of heart and mind who ride outside the city limits of convention. Mary, always late and always married, meets a lady cowboy outside the city limits of Pittsburgh who teaches her how to ride a horse. Mary’s husband, Crick, buys a painting with the last of their savings. Mary and Crick have a baby, but they can’t decide on the baby’s name, or the baby’s gender. A story of one woman’s education and her search to find true love outside the box. Featuring Meredith Deighton, Matt Gwynn, and Lyndsay Manson.

Seating is limited to 25 for each reading. Recommended donation of $10 at the door. Box office phone number: (517) 655-7469. To reserve a seat, call starting Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

 

Dark Nights in Billtown is an intimate theatrical experience in “found spaces” (rooms that are not traditional theatre spaces, but have been adapted for theatrical purposes). We invite you to join us in this uniquely distinct theatre experience. Join us for Dark Nights in Billtown

Why Dark Nights?
What happens in those weeks between shows at the Williamston Theatre? After a show closes, the next show’s set is “loaded in” to the theatre space and rehearsals begin.  The powerful lighting instruments aren’t in use, so we say that the theatre has “gone dark”.  While work is ongoing inside the theatre, the spaces outside the theatre (lobby, green room, scene shop, etc.) are ideal for hearing plays out loud. Some are plays we’re considering for a full production in the future, others are plays that we find compelling but might not be the kind of work we would be able to fully produce.