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Tomorrow Night: The Pipline Series at UICA Presents “The Empress of Sex”

Join us tomorrow as we kick off the new play series that everyone’s talking about!  Back by popular demand for a second annual showcase, Actors’ is proud to present the 2012 Pipeline Reading Series. Beginning this week through early April, Actors’ Theatre will present staged readings of four new works by regional and national playwrights for public reading and discussion. Readings will take place on February 21, 28, March 27 and April 10, 2012.

The reading series will be graciously hosted by our friends the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, located at 2 Fulton Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A suggested donation of $15 will benefit the development and presentation of new works at Actors’ Theatre and UICA. All performances will begin at 6:30PM and will include a brief discussion afterwards, facilitated by Actors’ Literary Manager Randy Wyatt.

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Tuesday’s Pipeline reading:

THE EMPRESS OF SEX by Duncan Pflaster
UICA Theatre, February 21, 2012 – 6:30PM

A woman, spurned in love, finds a deserted island and sets herself up as The Empress Salacia, decreeing that there shall be no love allowed in her domain, only sex.   She gathers some sybaritic acolytes, and all is frolicsome mindless fun until Salacia’s ex-lover Agis comes to the island in disguise, to attempt to win her back.  Perfectly suited on the heels of Valentine’s Day,The Empress of Sex is scandalous, erotic romp with a surprisingly sweet center.

Duncan Pflaster has won awards for his plays Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants and for the existential comedy Eternity: Time Without End. His most recent full-length plays include The Starship Astrov, The Thyme of the Season, Suckers (a comic vampire play, nominated for five 2009 Planet Connections Awards), and Ore, or Or (about greed and race in America). Other plays include The Empress of Sex, The Tragedy of Dandelion (a five-act all-female play in iambic pentameter), the critically acclaimed Gay love story The Wastes of Time, the comedic science-fiction Lesbian drama Dik and Jayne Are Not The Same, the parallel universe cocktail party comedy Sleeping in Tomorrow, the comic Greek tragedy Amazing Daedalus, book and lyrics for the pansexual soap opera musical Eskimo (music by Adam Rabin of the band Mailbox), and the drag queen Alice In Wonderland adaptation Wilder & Wilder. His writing often touches on themes of family, community, religion, and homosexuality.

Come join us for this exciting event!  To learn more about the Pipeline Series, please visit the Actors’ Theatre website.

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Don’t forget – The Pipeline Series Starts Tonight!

In keeping with Actors’ Theatre’s commitment to supporting and exploring new work, we are pleased to announce a month-long series of informal script readings. This series of readings will be free and open to the public. A donation of $10 for those attending is encouraged to support the development and production of new works by Actors’ Theatre.

In October of 2010, Actors’ Theatre sent out a nationwide call to playwrights for new works…. Dozens and dozens of original plays rained down on Actors’ Volunteer Literary Manager Randy Wyatt….and now Randy, and Actors’, wants to share some of the best with you.

Actors’ has selected four scripts from playwright submissions from across the nation to be publicly read and discussed with the audience. These scripts will be considered by the Actors’ play selection committee for inclusion in future seasons. We invite the public to come out, hear some exciting new work, and be part of the process of development for these plays and our upcoming season!

February 8th, 7pm

FUGUE by Audra Lord
Location: Spectrum Theatre Mezzanine, 160 Fountain Street

An intriguing puzzle of a play, about memory and identity. It follows a connected group of people who have experienced a shared tragic event and subsequently lost their memories of it, and of each other. As the play wears on, the characters piece together their memories–and identities–together. Is it possible to leave the past behind, or is it better to remember, no matter what the cost?

Learn more about this special event at actorstheatregrandrapids.org

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