Free Reading of Chimonides' The Optimist Offered Sept. 26

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The free Out Loud reading series at the Ars Nova will continue Sept. 26 with Jason Chimonides' The Optimist.

Directed by Catherine Steindler, the reading will feature performances by Ryland Blackinton, Diane Davis and Roderick Hill. Show time is 7 PM.

"After coasting by in a hazy state of ennui," reads production notes, "Noel's life suddenly shifts into high gear when, over the course of one weekend, he is forced to confront the death of his best friend, the remarriage of his cheating father, the sudden return of his one true love and the puerile antics of a twin brother who is a little too eager to rediscover the joys of Fun Dip."

Playwright Chimonides has also penned The Troubador and Pathological. A member of Manhattan Class Company's Playwrights Coalition, Chimonides is also an actor and an adjunct professor at Pace University, Farleigh Dickenson University and Brooklyn College.

Ars Nova is located in Manhattan at 511 West 54th Street. Although the reading is free, reservations are required by calling (212) 977-1700. Visit for more information.

* The Out Loud series will next offer Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa's The Velvet Sky Oct. 17.


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