Tonight only, May 27, Milwaukee, WI theatregoers can experience a relatively rare event: the reading of a play by an Egyptian playwright. Karim Alrawi's Deep Cut will receive a reading as part of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's new "reader's series," designed to present "rarely seen and untested works."
Workshopped at NYC's La MaMa Theatre, Deep Cut deals with fitting African and Asian value systems into American culture. Andrew, a prominent psychologist invites his daughter and her husband to his house. Joining them is Chan, a doctor in China who suffered torture following the Tiananmen Square massacre. Arguments over human rights, female circumcision and Western values ensue.
Alrawi has served as a resident writer at England's Royal Court Theatre and artistic director of Joint Stock touring company, also in the UK. His last play, Patagonia, was nominated for a Canadian Jessie Award.
Starring in the Deep Cut reading will be Jim Butchart, Carrie Hitchcock, Brian Robert Mani, Natasha Piletich and Rodney R. To, under the direction of Jym Pieper.
Pieper told Playbill On-Line, "Alrawi sent the script to artistic director Monty Davis. Last year about this time we had the idea of doing `reader's theatre,' with one older play not done very often and a new piece at the end of the season. This past fall we did Schiller's Don Carlos; then we read over a bunch of scripts received this past year. Of the group, Deep Cut was the strongest and most interesting." Next season, the first work of the reading series will be a new play by local playwright, W. Frank, entitled Freddy, going up Nov. 3.
For tickets ($10 suggested donation) and information on Deep Cut, which begins at 7 PM, May 27, call (414) 291-7800.
--By David Lefkowitz