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Howmet Playhouse to Present Staged Readings at the Library

A different kind of theater is coming to town!
Howmet Playhouse to Present Staged Readings at the Library
The theater series kicks off on April 11

In partnership with the White Lake Community Library, Howmet Playhouse is offering Staged Readings -  a selection of plays under consideration for upcoming seasons. Staged Readings are free of charge and feature open forum discussion with the actors and director. Audience feedback gives theater staff insight into what the public is interested in seeing on stage.

A staged reading is unlike a fully rehearsed and produced play in that the performers typically only rehearse a couple of times and read from their scripts while sitting on stools. "This is a great way for us to test out a play or genre with an audience," said Beth Beaman, Managing Director of the theater. "We are thrilled to partner with the White Lake Community Library to bring a different kind of theater into the community."

The first reading will be held in the Library’s main meeting room on Wednesday, April 11th. Doors open at 6:00, and the reading will begin at 6:30. The Man from Earth, directed by Beth Beaman, will feature actors familiar to the Howmet Playhouse: Chris Beaman, Tyler Frank, Natalie Carmolli, Joe Carmolli, Bryan Engler, Sarah Sternburgh, Justin Sternburgh, Ray Brazaski, and Katie McCool. Light refreshments will be served. Audience discussion will begin immediately following the performance.

The Man from Earth  is based on the book of the same name by Jerome Bixby. It tells the story
of history professor John Oldman who unexpectedly resigns from the University, and startles his colleagues with claims that he must move on because he is immortal. What starts out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax. Acclaimed science fiction writer Jerome Bixby, writer of 'Star Trek' and 'The Twilight Zone', originally conceived this story back in the early 1960's. It would come to be his last great work.

Future Staged Readings are scheduled for June 13 and October 11.