Presented in Steamboat Springs, CO, from June 19-21, the annual festival will offer staged readings of Elysabeth Gregory Wilder's The Bone Orchard, Lucy Thurber's Bottom of the World and Rebeck's Poor Behavior. This year marks the festival's first season of works exclusively created by women.
Chris Mazza, Jenna Panther, Jeanne Paulsen and Larry Paulsen will appear in the June 19 presentation of Elysabeth Gregory Wilder's The Bone Orchard, under the direction of Lawrence Hecht. The Denver Center Theatre Company presents the 8 PM workshop of the play, for which press notes read, "Lucy Mitchell wants to die a virgin martyr, until she falls in love with Fisher, the boy who has been hired to dig her grave."
The Actors Theatre of Louisville workshop of Rebeck's Poor Behavior, under the direction of Marc Masterson, features actors David Wilson Barnes, Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel and Laila Robins. Presented at 2 PM on June 20, the play, according to press notes, "tells the story of Ella and Peter, who have invited their old friends Maureen and Ian up to the country for a weekend visit. When a dinnertime dispute escalates into all-out combat, the fires of suspicion and seduction are stoked, perceptions twist, and relationships are changed forever in this dark comedy about goodness and badness, and the dangerously tempting open doors in between."
Lucy Thurber's Bottom of the World, which marks the final dramatic offering of the festival, will include Chris Abbott, Mary Bacon, Patch Darragh, Aubrey Dollar, Emily Landham, Peter Maloney, Mary McCann and Elizabeth Olsen. The Atlantic Theater Company presents the 4 PM workshop on June 21 under the direction of Neil Pepe. The play "tells the story of Abigail, who is struggling with the recent death of her younger sister, Kate. Kate comforts her by bringing to life scenes from her unfinished novel – stories of loss and love that parallel their own. This play straddles two worlds; the real world where Abby and her close friends live, and a magical world where storytellers and a bluegrass band reach out to us from beyond the grave. "
Perry-Mansfield will also present a special performance from guest choreographer Camille Brown on June 20 at 8 PM, featuring dancers Belen Estrada, Kevin Guy, Juel D. Lane and Keon Thoulouis. Perry-Mansfield provides theatre professionals the opportunity to develop new works at the historic performing arts school and camp. Among the festival's artistic partners are the Atlantic Theater Company, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company and Off-Broadway's Primary Stages.
For tickets and more information call (800) 430-2787 or (970) 879-7125, or visit the website at www.perry-mansfield.org.
All rehearsals and performances will take place at Perry-Mansfield, 40755 Routt County Road 36 in Steamboat Springs, CO.