On January 21, 2023, at 7:30 PM, we’ll present a staged reading of local playwright Hank Kimmel’s A PLAY ABOUT “OUR TOWN” the community newspaper, not to be confused with the play by the same name, OR Reporting 1-0-1.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Harold is a 23-year-old misfit who gets distracted by the voices in his head. Desperate for work, Harold impulsively jumps into an undercover reporter’s job at a dysfunctional Manhattan weekly newspaper called Our Town. As he writes about vacuum cleaners, potholes, dog walkers and a worldwide drug cartel, he thinks of himself as Clark Kent, but others suspect he is Superman. His parents are dead, and he thinks he’s alone until he taps into a world of subconscious reality, where he pursues peace, justice and his own version of the American way.
This reading will be directed by Joel Rose, and will feature performances by TJ Brown, Raine Adams, Ross McLeod, Burke Brown, Jennifer Brown, and Michael Hillman.
ABOUT OUR STAGED READINGS
At our staged readings, the dialogue and stage directions are read aloud so that the audience can hear what the play will sound like. Each of our staged readings has benefited from different levels of movement and physicality to paint a mental picture of what the full show will look like. The performance helps the playwright spot potential areas for strengthening their work in the future.
After the performance, there is a brief intermission followed by an optional moderated talkback. The audience has an opportunity to answer some simple questions about the show, as well as provide their general feedback on the show. This process is essential for new play development! Now is your chance to be a part of creating new art!
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Hank Kimmel is a playwright, dramaturg, and producer specializing in plays about distressed lawyers, religious strays, former athletes — and anyone willing to travel with him to the moon. His full-length Confessions of a Hit Man (Alliance Reiser Lab; WTP Ethel Woolson Lab) is published by Next Stage Press. Hank’s one-act Post-Apocalyptic Beer Fest (looking at environmental crisis through a Jewish lens) was showcased at Actors Express and Same Boat Theatre. His recently-completed compendium of 365 six-word plays (Six in the City) is available for review and usage. A founding member of Working Title Playwrights (WTP), Hank currently serves on the boards of WTP and the Alliance for Jewish Theatre. See more of his work at https://newplayexchange.org/users/2311/hank-kimmel
HEALTH AND SAFETY
While the Bartow County community level is low/green, masks are optional inside the Legion Theatre. You can find our current policy on our website.