On April 17th, Kentucky Playwrights Workshop hosted public readings of new plays by Kentucky playwrights Bo List (Lexington) and Larry Muhammad (Louisville) at the StageBox Theatre in Lexington. The plays —I Left My Heart in Kissimmee by List, and Muhammad’s Derby Mine#4— were commissioned by KPW. The dramaturg was Kathi E B Ellis, and the Director of the readings was Trent Stephens, whose actors did a wonderful job.
KPW President, Bill McCann had this to say:
“After the readings Mr. Stephens conducted a talk back that involved– as best I could determine–nearly every member of the audience. Comments were supportive, but also insightful; I think the playwrights were left with good feelings about the quality of their works even as they may very well have things to think about, perhaps changes to make.
Many thanks to the audience members who came out. There was only seating for 46, probably 30-odd seats were filled. Among those present were Bill Forsyth who helped establish KPW financially and Rebecca Ryland of Heartland Plays. Others present included my mother, Boo Brown, and Alana Ghent, EKU Theatre. But all who attended are appreciated as none had to be there; they all chose to be there. So thank you one and all.
Bo List’s play will be given its world premier as part of Bluegrass Community and Technical College Theatre’s evening of one act plays by Kentucky playwrights; the plays will be directed by Tim X Davis. In addition to “I Left My Heart in Kissimmee,” Jim Inman’s play “A Couple of Turns Around the Block” and George McGee’s “The Lighthouse” will all be performed June 8 – 11, 2017 at StageBox Theatre. Derby Mine#4 will be performed later this year, but hasn’t yet been scheduled.
Auditions for BCTC’s evening of one act plays is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at BCTC.
Thank you to the playwrights, actors, director and audience members at last night’s readings. It would not have happened without you!”