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March 25, 2014 > Staged reading of ÔDying CityÕ

Staged reading of ÔDying CityÕ

Submitted By Bob Miller

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) is excited to announce the sixth production in the 2013-2014 Bare Bones staged reading series: ÒDying CityÓ by Christopher Shinn, a provocative, psychological drama about two people who share a tragic legacy.

A year after her husbandÕs death while serving in Iraq, Kelly, a young therapist, is confronted by his identical twin brother, Peter, who barges into her apartment unannounced. Set in the years just after 9/11, ÒDying CityÓ deals with profound issues of sexuality and betrayal and provides an unsettling commentary on the unexpected and often unseen consequences of war in our society.

The play will have one performance on Tuesday, April 1st at the Hayward Area Senior Center.

A strong proponent of psychoanalysis, playwright Christopher Shinn follows in the footsteps of other modern soul-searching dramatists such as Ibsen, Chekhov and OÕNeill. He believes that confronting the truth, no matter how brutal, is essential for his own psychic well-being; and while his plays are personal stories, they reflect much larger important social and political questions. In an interview in American Theatre magazine, Shin explains: ÒMy feeling is that the best way to approach the political is through the psyche, through emotion, through the level at which people live.Ó

ÒDying CityÓ had its world premiere in 2006 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in a production by The English Stage Company. The play was originally produced in the United States in March 2007 by the Lincoln Center Theater in New York.

Christopher Shinn, the playwright, received his BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch. He is the recipient of the Robert Chesley Award in 2002 and an Obie in Playwriting in 2005, and he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 (for ÒDying CityÓ).

Director, Katja Rivera hails from Los Angeles and is an actor and director with local credits at Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, Boxcar Theatre and CustomMade Theatre.

The play contains mature language and subject matter. (Appropriate for ages 16 and up).

Dying City
Tuesday, Apr 1
8 p.m.
Hayward Area Senior Center (next to Douglas Morrisson Theatre)
22311 N. Third St, Hayward
(510) 881-6777
Mature language and subject matter
$10 open seating

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