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Virtual play reading features chat-back with playwright, actors and director

Virtual play reading features chat-back with playwright, actors and director

The Relative Theatrics and the UW Art Museum's virtual "Read, Rant, Relate" play reading series continues Thursday with "Mrs. Harrison" by, R. Eric Thomas followed by a chat-back with the actors, Francesca Mintowt-Czyz and Ana Semado, as well as director Anne Mason and the playwright. 

A link to the YouTube Live Stream will be posted by 6:30 p.m. at the Read, Rant, Relate: Mrs. Harrison by R. Eric Thomas event page on Facebook. A virtual walk-through of the "45th Annual Juried Student Exhibition" begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the play reading at  7 p.m.

The plot follows two women at their 10-year college reunion. Aisha is a black, successful playwright who's on the cover of the alumni magazine and Holly is a white, struggling stand-up comedian there for the free drinks.

"Aisha's most successful play bears a striking resemblance to a tragic event in Holly's life. Is it a coincidence or is it theft? As a rainstorm interrupts the outdoor reunion, they find themselves trapped inside, together," according to the Facebook event page. "They both have a story that they've been telling themselves about what happened all those years ago and they're both willing to fight for the truth in the present." 

The plays contain adult themes and language. Chalk N' Cheese in Laramie offers "Pairings at CnC" for wine and cheese pairings suited to the readings with 10 percent of the sales going to Relative Theatrics. The program is free, and participants are welcome to give a $5 donation to Relative Theatrics.

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"The Crimson Dawn Association believes that holding our beloved event is not worth the risk of even one person becoming seriously ill or losing their life," the group said in an announcement. 

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