Shoreline Lake Forest Park Arts Council’s Readers Theatre series presents a reading of four short plays by local playwright Russell Weeks at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31 at the Shoreline Center.
“Odditions,” presents a most unusual audition situation in which an experienced actress finds herself. “Necessary Sacrifices” uses an unusual format to delve into the practices of pharmaceutical companies and animal research. “CWM” is the first literary work that dares to expose the dark sordid underbelly of the competitive Scrabble world. “Nothing is Certain Except” is an abbreviated play in which a father and a daughter clash over the validity of cryogenic burial.
This presentation is the only one this year which deals specifically with one-act plays. The hour and a half of reading allows the audience access to the creative mind and style of a developing playwright. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Weeks about his writing, his ideas concerning script length, character, and plot development in these plays.
Weeks is a graduate of the University of Washington Playwriting Program. Other works include “Improvisational Parent” (June 2003 Ethnic Cultural Theatre, Seattle), “Family Recipe” (2003 Honorable Mention, McLaren Comedy Competition and 2002 Finalist, NETO New Play Competition, Boston), “Memory Foundation” (2004 Winner of the Foundation Theatre Arts San Juan College Playwriting Competition, with production), “Odditions” (Prior version, Santa Cruz Actor’s Theatre Production, 2004) and “MF &Grape Nuts” (2nd Place in Hunt Playwriting Contest, production in 2004, Boston.)
This Reader’s Theatre event will be staged in the Ballinger Room of the Shoreline Center, located at 18560 1st Avenue NE. Admission is free. For more information call 206-417-4645 or visit www.shorelinearts.net.