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Powerhouse Slates Premiere, Reading: West Coast Premiere

Open Fist Theatre Company and The Powerhouse Theatre Company are co-producing the West Coast premiere of Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues

It will open Friday, September 2, and run Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sundays ay 7 p.m. through October 8.

Using overlapping dialogue and simultaneous scenes, Bovell weaves these stories together in his psychological thriller.

As a woman’s disappearance is investigated, the characters are forced to confront their own cruelty and isolation, desperately reaching out to each other even in the midst of betrayal.

Director Stephen Spinella appeared on Broadway in the recent production of Our Town. Speaking in Tongues marks his stage directorial debut.

In the cast are Irina Bjorklund, Amelia Borella, Brian George, Hep Jamieson, Anna Khaja, Andrew Lukich, Aaron MacPherson, Dylan Maddalena, and Patrick Tuttle.

The Powerhouse Theatre is located at 3116 2nd Street in Santa Monica. Tickets are $20 Fridays and Saturdays, pay-what-you-can Sundays.

For reservations, phone 323-882-6912 or visit www.openfist.org, or www.powerhousetheatre.com.

Staged Reading

Playwrights 6, the only playwright-managed theatre company in Los Angeles, will present a staged reading of The Rock of Abandon, by award-winning writer Stephen Blackburn, on Wednesday, September 7 at the Powerhouse Theater.

This is the second in Playwrights 6’s 2005 staged reading series, dubbed ‘Play Night with the PlayWright.’ The third and fourth readings in the series will be held the first Wednesdays in October and November, also at 8 p.m., at the Powerhouse.

Blackburn’s mystery drama, which takes place in ancient Athens, will be presented at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The reading is free and open to the public. A reception with food and refreshments follows.

The Rock of Abandon tells the story of notorious playwright Euripides who, braving the wrath of generals bent on launching a war of aggression, hunts the killers of a courtesan he once loved.

It is a stage version of Blackburn’s screenplay, a 2004 winner of Fade In magazine’s 11th Annual Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Contest.Blackburn is the author of a collection of short fiction titled The Extinction of Rhinos in Mexico (XLibris), and coauthored Each One Teach One: Memoirs of a Street Activist (Curbstone Press). He’s also past James Michener Endowed Fellow in Screenwriting and Fiction.

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