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Alley Stage Reading Series: Marnie Bullock Dresser’s “Western Swing”

August 20, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon at Shake Rag Alley for our second staged-reading series on our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading of a play-in-progress is an important way a playwright can get important feedback from an audience (you!) and determine what their next steps are with the script.
Start at 3 p.m. for Afternoon Tea at the Art Café where Nath Dresser will provide entertainment, then move to our intimate outdoor theater for the 4 p.m. staged reading of the play and talkback to follow. August’s cast includes Lisa Duwell and Heather Harris of Mineral Point and Liz Light, Paul Lorentz, and Christian Neuhaus. In the event of inclement weather, we will move to the Sardeson Studio at 223 Commerce St.

About the Play: A young woman travels to Montana, hoping to be named the literary executor for a young poet who has died tragically. When she arrives, she discovers the poet’s mother wants her for much more than just arranging the last poems her son wrote. This is only the first of many twists in a play that navigates ethics the same way it navigates tubing on the river — the rocks are sharp and there is blood involved.

About the playwright: Marnie Bullock Dresser is a poet and playwright who also publishes fiction and creative nonfiction and has broadcast her pieces on Wisconsin Life. She’s taught at the University of Wisconsin’s tiniest campus, Richland, for the longest time and believes that yes, there are trout in Brush Creek, but she’s never landed one. She lives with her husband and son and four cats in Spring Green in a house that, really, isn’t big enough for that many living creatures.

For tickets and more information about the series, see https://shakeragalley.org/alley-stage.


August 20, 2022
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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