LOS ANGELES -- The Attic Theatre Ensemble has received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, toward the production of a play based on Edgar Lee Masters' classic poem, "Spoon River Anthology."
The grant provides for an evening of theatre that will be free and open to the public. In the past, the ATE has offered free shows to deserving communities and charities that generally cannot afford to buy tickets. Invitations and announcements will be sent to local college, university and high school drama departments, and area charities.
Spoon RIVR [sic] opens Oct. 17 for a five-week run. The free evening will be Sun. Oct. 8 from 6-7 PM. A lecture entitled "Spoon RIVR uniting Theatre, Modern Technology and Classic Literature" will follow, after which a reception will be held in the lobby of the Attic.
Masters published Spoon River Anthology 93 years ago. "His work will be explored through a multi-site production," said a company spokesperson. "Audiences in separate locations will simultaneously share the same experience, but in totally different ways. The net effect will create a variety of perspectives on the same event."
Bruce Whitney directs; he was responsible for the first bi-coastal, multiple-site, telecommunications play, Tryst, which was performed simultaneously at The Kitchen in New and at the Electronic Cafe in Santa Monica. Performances of Spoon RIVR are Fri.-Sun. eves at 8 PM. The Attic is at 6562 l/2 Santa Monica Blvd. Call (323) 469-3786 ext. 2.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent