2018 READING FESTIVAL @ THE DARKHORSE THEATRE CHAPEL

KINGDOM (a play about Snow White and climate change) by Claudia Barnett

Nov. 25 @ 7:30 PM (4610 Charlotte Ave. -- entrance on 47th Ave. N.)


Directed by Leah Lowe


Inspired by the true story of a Norwegian valley that never sees winter sun, Kingdom (a play about Snow White and climate change) traces a hundred years of environmental hubris, including attempts to split atoms, tame a waterfall, and transmute air, culminating in a radical act of community as an artist conducts sunlight onto town square. Kingdom presents history as a parable, focusing on a blind girl who thrives in darkness and the personified conflict between natural history and unnatural selection. 


Cast: Tamara Todres, Ted Welch, Robert Chambers, Jessica Anderson, Patriq James, Josh Inocalla, Candace Kirkpatrick, Molly Breen, Kalee Smyth


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BLACK AND BLUE (OR THE MAN IN THE PANTRY) by Matt Garner

Nov. 27 @ 7:30 PM (4610 Charlotte Ave. -- entrance on 47th Ave. N.)


Directed by Beki Baker


Everyone and everything is abandoning Tom... that is to say... everyone except the man in the pantry. 


Partially inspired by the Dickensian ghost story, BLACK AND BLUE (OR THE MAN IN THE PANTRY) is an exploration of the depths of loss, bitterness, rage, and kindness withheld... and what or who may come to us in the night when hope has left us.


Cast: Chip Arnold, Karen Sternberg, David Ian Lee, Ethan Jones, Brian Russell, Beki Baker


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NEC COMPUNCTI by Lou Johnson

Nov. 29 @ 7:30 PM (4610 Charlotte Ave. -- entrance on 47th Ave. N.)


Directed by Shawn Whitsell


This is NOT a play about the wrongfully convicted! That bastard's guilty as sin!


As Josiah “Big Joe” Morgan spends his final days on death row, his previous life outside his tiny cell snaps into sharp focus. How did he get there, and can he deny the seemingly inevitable?


Cast: Patriq James, Robert Chambers, Gabe Atchley, Leonard Ledford III, Jalen Dukes, Lexi Nimmo, LaTia Lewis, Howard Snyder, Kalee Smyth


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THE ODD EVANGELICAL by Gaye Jeffers

Nov. 30 @ 7:30 PM (4610 Charlotte Ave. -- entrance on 47th Ave. N.)


Directed by Blake Harris


A dark comedy about faith, politics, and marriage, The Odd Evangelical is shocking and hilarious. Lynn, an Evangelical church admin, meets a former crime reporter, Mary Greed, who challenges her ideas about faith and the function of the church. Through a long sleepless night, Lynn and her husband, Gardner, are visited by visions of Blessed and Reason in a weird game of dodgeball as questions of God and country, fear and safety are addressed between bites of Little Debbie cakes and surprise visitors from the past.


Cast: Anne Swedberg, Grace Holtz, Kaleb Moran, Terrance Wright, Maggie McNulty, Autumn Hemmelgarn


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FAN ME WITH A BRICK by Kenley Smith

Dec. 1 @ 7:30 PM (4610 Charlotte Ave. -- entrance on 47th Ave. N.)


Directed by Alicia Haymer


When Victoria sets out to learn more of her family’s history, she opens a portal to a past full of loss, pain and indomitable perseverance. Her mother reluctantly joins her, and the two women uncover old wounds — a scandalous affair in segregated Virginia, a stolen child, a lost parent, a horrific accident — that linger unhealed in the present. The play is based on actual events. Original research by Yalewa Sparrowhawk.


Cast: Miranda Pepin, Alicia Haymer, Nikki Staggs, Carmen Ridley, Ang Madeline-Johnson, Christopher Bosen, LaTia Lewis, Eric Butler, Brianna Booker, Shawn Whitsell, Ethan Jones, Jalen Grady-Dukes, Beth Henderson


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