Friday, August 19, 2011

Upcoming: Gods and Idols by, staged reading by Punchkin Repertory, Spider House, September 3

Posted at Rob Faubion's

Punchkin Repertory Company, Austin

presentsGods and Idols by Jason Rainey

a staged reading of the new play

Gods and Idols

by Jason Rainey

September 3, 7:30 p.m.

at the 29th Street Ballroom of the Spider House, 2906 Fruth Street (click for map)

After they nearly strike a Sikh man on a bicycle, a young couple are haunted by growing obsessions in the new play Gods and Idols by Jason Rainey. Punchkin Repertory Theatre will offer a staged reading of the new work on Saturday, September 3rd, at the 29th Street Ballroom at Spider House.

Gods and Idols centers on the growing obsessions of a young couple, Harris and Joan. While driving on the interstate, Harris nearly strikes a Sikh man on a bicycle. Now Harris finds the man haunting his dreams, circling his apartment on the same bicycle. Meanwhile, Joan spends more and more time following a local musician, but it is unclear who has more to gain from Joan's loyalty. Harris and Joan strive to comprehend their fixations without losing their identities.

Directed by Pratima Agrawal, the reading will feature Agrawal and Rainey with actors Alison Stebbins, Ashley Rountree, Elizabeth Taylor, Jason Rainey, Kara White and Rae Petersen. The free reading will be followed by a question and answer session with playwright Rainey, who workshopped Gods and Idols during the Northern Writes New Play Festival this past July in Bangor, Maine.

Rainey's previous plays have received staged readings at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, and Theatre Daedalus in Columbus, Ohio. His play Schadenfreude received a "Best of Fest" Citation during FronteraFest 2011.

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