[nyfoil-l] Philadelphia: InterAct's Writing Aloud series on Monday at 7PM

Geeta Citygirl citygirl at SALAAMtheatre.org
Sat Nov 6 09:13:23 CST 2004


Writing Aloud's Sixth Season starts off with Letting Go, featuring
stories of bittersweet surrender and the horror of modern war

For Immediate Release: October 18, 2004
Contact: Patrick Doran, InterAct Theatre Company, 215.568.8079

InterAct's award-winning short fiction series Writing Aloud kicks off
its sixth season with four outstanding stories that explore the
challenges of surrendering control and making sacrifices. The program,
entitled Letting Go, will be presented at InterAct Theatre Company on
Monday, November 8th at 7pm. Writing Aloud features stories written by
the Philadelphia region's best contemporary writers read aloud by
Philadelphia’s best actors.  Tickets for the performance, held at 2030
Sansom Street, are $12.00, $6.00 for InterAct subscribers. Seating is
limited, so advance reservations are recommended and can be made by
calling 215-568-8079. Discount subscriptions and group rates are also

The November 8th performance begins with “Yearning Frost” by Parvati
Ramchandani, in which a young woman dying of cancer ponders the pain of
preparing herself and her husband for her passing. “Yearning Frost” sets
the tone for the evening of moving reflection and bittersweet
surrender.  Ramchandani’s work will be read by special guest Geeta
Citygirl, celebrated theatre artist and activist, who runs the acclaimed
SALAAM (South Asian League of Artists in America) Theatre in New York.
The evening will continue with “Boy” by Annette Ferran, in which a
mother of two struggles to shed her wife/mom persona and reclaim her
sense of self; “Take Off” by Ilene Raymond, in which a young woman has
her final encounter with her old home and her first husband; and “How Is
This My Story?” by Kathleen Donnelly, in which a young soldier facing
beheading bids farewell to his life and his fondest childhood memories.

The stories will be read by Geeta Citygirl, Michelle Courvais (who is
starring in InterAct's current production of Stuart Flack's Homeland
Security) and noted Philadelphia actors Christie Parker and Jeb Kreager.

The 2004-2005 season of Writing Aloud will continue on Monday, December
13, with A Shift in Perspective, followed by Playing with Fire on
February 7, Reigning Cats and Dogs on March 28, Behind the Mask on May
2, and Holding On on June 13.

Directed by David Sanders, Writing Aloud was established in 1999 to
present diverse voices in contemporary fiction by the region’s best
writers read on stage by professional actors. Quickly establishing
itself as the region’s premier reading series, Writing Aloud has
attracted sold-out audiences, has been featured in special broadcasts on
WHYY-FM public radio, and is a recipient of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2001
“Best of Philly” Award.

InterAct Theatre Company is one of the nation’s leading centers for new
writing in theatre, introducing important contemporary writers to
audiences through its world-premiere stage productions, developmental
residencies, and Showcase of New Plays. The Writing Aloud program
extends InterAct’s mission of cultivating and presenting diverse
artistic voices into the realm of short fiction.



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