Salon Reading Series

2023-2024   Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Please join us for the 2023-24 Salon Reading Series Season!
SUNDAYS at 2:00 PM at the Resonator Gallery at Turbine Flats and
THURSDAYS at 6:30 PM at Eastmont Living

RESONATOR GALLERY
2124 Y STREET, FLAT 121

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA 68503

  • October 1, 2023 We Are Blood by Ryan Bernsten

  • November 5, 2023 Eminent Domain by Laura Leininger-Campbell
  • December 3, 2023 Romeo & Her Sister by Jillian Blevins
  • February 4, 2024 Old Bat by Ellen Struve

  • March 3, 2024 The Gentle Life-Changing Magic of Burning it All Down to the Ground by Heather Beasley

  • April 7, 2024 Man & Wife by Emma Goldman-Sherman
  • May 5, 2024 1000 Miles by Vanessa Garcia

EASTMONT LIVING
6315 “O” STREET
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA 68510

Synopsis: Solis just arrived in The City from 1000 Miles Across the Sea. She’s searching for family, for a way to carve out a new life. But The City is changing, and the very skills Solis brings with her can either save or destroy this new place she’s beginning to call home. 1000 Miles is a play about what it means to migrate to a new place. It’s a play about survival, surveillance, nationalism, and the nature of opportunity. About the walls that block our path and the new doors we try to open to save ourselves and those we love.

1000 Miles

by Vanessa Garcia

Directed by Brenna Thompson

Cast:

Solis: Reed Westerhoff
Viola: Emily Funkey
Mark: Christian Novotny
Peter: KT Hoppe
Maria: Laura Lippman

Stage Directions: Brenna Thompson

1000 Miles is presented by special arrangement with the playwright.

Synopsis: Ron & Missy Merriweather start out as mannequins on their own wedding cake. They struggle through 25 years of BiPartisan Marriage navigating climate changes, health care crises including abortion, and especially their children's gender dysphoria while they constantly craft their images on social media. And yet they are desperately seeking their own authentic selves. MAN & WIFE is an Epic Comedy that tries to reunite the country and help us all feel much more human.

Man & Wife

by Emma Goldman-Sherman

Directed by Ann Marie Pollard

Cast:

Ron: Rafael Untalan
Missy: Lauren Durban
Stage Directions: Harper Allen

Man & Wife is presented by special arrangement with the playwright.

Synopsis:  After her father's death, a game developer sells her parents' house, against the wishes of her hoarder mother. Now the house must be empty in thirty days. It's a massive mess, and they'll try any method that might help. Friendly bets? Therapy? Sparking joy? Decluttering detox? They're all fair game...and both women are playing to win. A wry dramedy about the things we carry with us and the memories we can't live without.

The Gentle Life-Changing Magic of Burning it All Down to the Ground

by Heather A Beasley

Directed by Deanna Walz

Cast:

D: Rachel Rebecca Rose
M: Cecelia Burkhart

The Gentle Life-Changing Magic of Burning it All Down to the Ground is presented by special arrangement with the playwright.

 

Synopsis:
In league with a hero, Kira hunts for an unknown treasure guarded by a nymph and a cyclops. She is an ordinary woman beset by extraordinary times. She’s survived a fire, a plague and a war, and is driven by her child’s survival. Finding the treasure is as difficult as finding her place in these ancient stories. She enlists the help of the elements, betrays her companions and is betrayed and discovers the need for transformation

Old Bat

by Ellen Struve
Directed by Laura Lippman

Cast:
Hespera: Cec Burkhart
Cyclops: Drew Wicks
Kira: Megan Fangmeyer
AJ: Scott Shomaker
Breeze/Ferryman: Reed Westerhoff
Stage Directions: Katie Hoppe

Old Bat is presented by special arrangement with the playwright.

Synopsis: In 1845, Charlotte Cushman is the most famous American actress in the world, well-known for playing men's roles in the plays of Shakespeare. Despite her international fame, she harbors a secret, hidden in plain sight: she loves women. Celebrated in her own country, she has brought her sister Susan to London to play Juliet to her Romeo. Old resentments between the sisters surface as Charlotte--along with Sallie, her dresser and closest confidant--struggles to balance her exploding career, her tumultuous relationship with writer Matilda Hays, and her affair with another young woman, all while keeping her personal life hidden from her fans, her sister, and her bitter rival, Edwin Forrest.

Romeo & Her Sister

by Jillian Blevins
Directed by Stephen Buhler

Cast:

CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN: Francoise Traxler
SUSAN CUSHMAN: Rachel Gar-El
SALLIE MERCER: Kwakiutl Dreher and Maribel Cruz
MATILDA HAYS: Katy Morehouse
EDWIN FORREST: Scott Shomaker
BENJAMIN WEBSTER: John Burkhart
ELEANORA: Maribel Cruz and Megan Fangmeyer

Romeo & Her Sister is presented by special arrangement with the playwright.

Synopsis:
When Rob MacLeod’s family farm is threatened by construction of a pipeline underneath it, the event will light a fuse, threatening to divide the family he loves. On the surface, Eminent Domain exposes the hard-fought battle between America's family farms and corporate energy. Dig a little deeper, and the greater struggle is revealed: a Heartland way of life without its next generation. Our most crucial resource is not the land—it is our kin, our clan, and our heritage.

Eminent Domain

by Laura Leininger-Campbell
Directed by Jamie Bullins

Cast:

Rob MacLeod: Richard Nielsen
Adair MacLeod: Claire McClannan
Bart MacLeod: Scott Shomaker
Theresa MacLeod: Britta Tollefsrud
Cam MacLeod: Brian Foley
Jane MacLeod: Gretchen Foley
Evan MacLeod: Christian McClure
Trent Nichols: Ian McKercher
Abdullah (Abe) Hadid: Jean-Paul Zuhur

Eminent Domain is presented by special arrangement with the playwright.

 

Synopsis:
Is family forever? In this horror/thriller, a recently widowed New Yorker and her son return to rural Missouri to evict her estranged sister from their childhood home. Discovering the house in disrepair and the inhabitants experimenting with occult magic, the family is forced to exorcize demons from their past.

 

We Are Blood

by Ryan Bernsten
Directed by John Burkhart

Cast:
   Kathleen: Deanna Walz
   Raymond: Ian McKercher
   Nance: Kristine Kapustka
   Lydia: Lindsay Masin

We Are Blood is presented by special arrangement with the playwright.

     

Special Thanks to Humanities Nebraska, who provided grant funding to the Salon Reading Series
We appreciate your support!

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