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James O'Leary

 

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December 3: We had a great first week of rehearsal for “In the Works”! It was fun to work with Pamela, Matt, Kathi, Erik, Maria, Brad, Mauro and Brenda, along with some of our playwrights stopping by to share their insights.  Here are some choice quotes from the upcoming plays: 

“We also have a death coaster with so many loopdy-loops that you'll hemorrhage in pure adrenaline fueled ecstasy.” - Welcome to Death Co. by Miles McLean 

“Now that I know you’re not seducing my girl, I feel I can rather warm up to you.” - Two’s Company by Emma Reinhart

November 27:Welcome our cast for “In the Works”: One Night Standers Kathi Baerns, Matt Davis, Hilarie Nelson, Maria Ortiz, Mauro Segura, Erik Thurston and Brad Wagner, and newcomers Juliana Attebury, Karin Carr and Pamela Chrisman. Rehearsals start next week with directors Brenda Hoskins, Tami Canaday and myself. Here are quotes from two of the plays we’ll be presenting on December 10: 

“It’s not lying. I’m a lie genie. I specialize in lies. I’m just making your lies all truths.” - If the Truth Be Told by Leodis Smith 

“Daddy always said, ‘Roadkill’s just more meat for the freezer.’” - Honor Thy Father by Chris Hildebrandt

November 12: Congratulations to the playwrights whose work was selected for our Dec. 10 production. “In the Works” features the talents of Red Rocks Community College playwrighting students, alumni, and faculty. This year’s plays deal with many challenging social issues (but with some fun diversions as well). The show is Dec. 10 (a Saturday, instead of our usual Sunday shows) at 7:30 p.m. at the RRCC Theatre in Lakewood, Colorado:

· A despondent widow receives a visit from her estranged black sister-in-law on Christmas Eve 1965 in “A Rum Cake for Rita” by RRCC playwrighting instructor David-Matthew Barnes.

·  A young man recruits an unreliable genie to help him confess an affair to his girlfriend in “If the Truth Be Told” by Leodis Smith.

· A salesman for a euthanasia business struggles to find new customers in “Welcome to Death Co.” by Miles McClean.

· A reluctant fiancée meets an unconventional woman at a 1920s garden party in “Two’s Company” by Emma Reinhart.

· A tragic suicide leads a distraught gay man to seek solace and understanding from an old flame in “I’ll Keep Coming” by Cruz Frankie Garcia.

· A family gathers for dinner and the unsettling mystery of their deceased father in “Honor Thy Father” by Chris Hildebrandt.