The Nature of Things

January 22, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Virtual Development Workshop of a new play:

The Nature of Things

January 22 at 2 PM EST

Written by Michael Barakiva, former Hangar Artistic Director

Directed by Samuel Buggelin, Artistic Director of The Cherry Arts

We invite you to join us on Friday, January 22 at 2 PM for a virtual play development workshop for new work, The Nature of Things by former Hangar Artistic Director, Michael Barakiva. This is free and open to subscribers, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 
E-mail to register.
Estimated Runtime: 1.75 Hours (talk-back to follow)

About: In Ancient Rome, ambitious philosopher Lucretious is one epic poem away from getting everything he wants.  With the aid of his best friend, a feisty priestess, all he needs to do is finish the actual poem, woo the boy of his dreams, and please his mother first!

Starring: Miles Gutierrez-Riley, Carol Halstead*, Rafael Lopez, Rachel Ravel, Austin Spero, and Craig Wallace*.

Science Consultant: Courtney Ann Roby

*Member of AEA, Actor’s Equity Association

The reading workshop is a live, one-time only streaming event, and will not be recorded.

About the Process:

*The workshop was funded by a seed grant from the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) as part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. We are so thankful to EST and the Sloan Foundation for their support of theatrical works that exist at the intersection of the arts and sciences.

*The play you will hear is a brand new play. Throughout the week, the actors have explored the script with the director, Samuel Buggeln (Artistic Director of The Cherry Arts Theatre in Ithaca, NY), playwright Michael Barakiva (former Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre), Science Consultant Courtney Ann Robey (Associate Professor, Cornell University), and Dramaturg Jacob Ettkin (Artistic and EDIA Fellow, Hangar Theatre). During that time, scenes have been rewritten and rearranged, characters investigated, and new pages and ideas introduced, based on what the playwright has heard in the virtual rehearsal room.

*While we will ask you to keep your camera off and microphone muted during the sharing of the script, we would love for you to stay involved in the process by thinking about: moments that land for you, scenes and character that interest you and why, and also questions you have about the story. We invite you to stay for a guided talkback afterwards, during which we’d love to hear your thoughts.