Monday, August 23, 2010

Early Draft of Rights of Passage Receives Staged Reading

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This past Friday evening and Saturday afternoon seven very talented actors, under the helm of director Arturo Catricala, took to the New Conservatory Theatre Center stage. They gave eloquent voice, after only two days of rehearsal, to an early draft of Rights of Passage in front of a combined audience of about 100 ardent theater goers. After each performance there was a question and answer session designed to get at what was working in the script and what wasn't. The playwrights, Ed Decker and Robert Leone, received some invaluable food for thought to bring to the next iteration of the script. Nearly universal appreciation was shown for the through line which focused on Wayan, a gay Balinese man who we see at various stages in his life: childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Working in the "offshoot" scenes from around the world is proving to be more challenging, but the readings have yielded some great ideas for rewrites. It was also exciting and illuminating to see the play on its feet for the first time. We are grateful for all who participated and who offered their ideas and opinions. The next draft will be completed sometime before the end of the year.

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