Friday, July 17, 2009

Recession-friendly entertainment: PlayPenn 2009

I've never been to a play reading before. I've considered it. A bunch of actors and actresses sitting in chairs reading a play through increasingly broken in paper scripts. Last week, my friend Mike re-piqued my interest in play readings by talking about how fascinating going to play reading(s) in the East Village/NYC were.

And I remembered the power of the human voice - there is no substitute for telling stories with emotion (click on the link for my favorite Public Radio program). In fact, to show my geek pride, AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be proved when a computer can convincingly read a play with emotion. E'nuff said - if you want to see a play in progress, go see a PlayPenn play next week (but RSVP to ensure a spot) - AI is a long ways off...

PlayPenn 2009 Conference schedule

Monday, July 20th
7:00 pm THE MORINI STRAD by Willy Holtzman

Tuesday July 21st
7:00 pm New Play Reading - TWO JEWS WALK INTO A Seth Rozin

Thursday, July 23rd
8:00 pm - GHOST-WRITER by Michael Hollinger

Friday, July 24th
6:00 pm - Symposium: “Are We Talking To Anyone But Ourselves?”
Moderated by Michael Joyce with Alexandra Grant and Dan Rothenberg
8:00 pm - BLOOD AND GIFTS by J.T. Rogers

Saturday, July 25th
2:00 pm - Staged Reading of original works by PlayPenn's Writer/Interns
under the guidance and direction of Bruce Graham
4:00 pm - 410[GONE] by Francis Ya-Chu Cowhig
7:00 pm - APPETITE by Arden J. Kass

Sunday, July 26th
2:00 pm - THE SPECIFICITY OF PARADISE by John Orlock
5:00 pm - WE THREE by Mary Hamilton

All events are free and will take place at the Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Because of limited seating, reservations are recommended.

If you wish to attend PlayPenn Conference events, please call 215.568.1434.
Credit: Creative Commons photo by paulandrews

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