Each year Endstation brings a group of talented playwrights to come participate in a playwriting intensive in beautiful Central Virginia. This year joining the team are Hallie McPherson, Matthew Kellen Burgos, and Kirin McCrory – along with our Regional Commissioned playwright, Tearrance Chisholm, and our resident playwright, Joshua Mikel.
This month, beginning on Monday July 28th, Endstation will be hosting a public reading series, which is your chance to get involved! Come hear readings of the playwrights’ new works and participate in talk-backs with the writers!
Monday, July 28th: In order to prepare for this reading, the writers have been spending their days participating in a writing bake-off. This means they all have a list of “ingredients” that each playwright needs to include in his or her piece. These ingredients range anywhere from “the Tower of Babylon” to a “pineapple”! To make things more interesting, each playwright has been assigned an idea that centers on specific topics of Central Virginia history. At the reading you can expect to hear plays about the poverty in Cotton Hill, racial segregation in Miller Park Pool, and even the myth of Thomas Jefferson’s poisonous love apple! This event will take place at the Amherst Historical Society at 7:00 PM.
Tuesday, July 29th: This is a special event dedicated to our generous donors and support system. A wine and cheese reception will be held in the Anne Spencer House Garden and Museum at 5:30 PM for all of our supportive donors! The reception will be followed with a reading of Matthew Burgos’s new manuscript, Forest, Empty. The play investigates the life of a Congolese pygmy, Ota Benga, living in Lynchburg, and his relationship with the Harlem Renaissance poetess, Anne Spencer.
Wednesday, July 30th: We will be ending our Public Reading Series with a piece three years in the making. Kirin McCrory will be sharing her manuscript creatively influenced by the late night antics of Lynchburg’s famous greasy spoon, the Texas Inn. The reading will take place at the Warehouse Theatre in the Academy of Fine Arts at 7:00 PM.
All readings are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!