HRC Showcase Theatre is pleased to announce the second staged reading of its 29th season of presenting new plays to residents of the Hudson Valley. From over 200 submissions to our annual nationwide playwriting contest, only five plays were selected by our panel of judges.
On Saturday, November 23, 2019 professional actors will read The Liberation by Cate Wiley.In this compelling drama a history professor in upstate New York, fired from her job on a trumped-up sex charge, relocates to Paris, where she continues her research on French women accused of sleeping with Nazi soldiers during World War II. In 1944, during the Liberation, these women had their heads shaved publicly and were forced to march in the streets amid the jeering crowds. Wiley’s play explores sexual shaming then and now.
Cate Wiley’s work is informed by her commitment to telling women’s stories. Her characters resist the violence of being silenced; they insist on being heard. In a recent interview she said, “I write in order to connect to other people–I think this is the underlying impulse for art in general. We all have so much in common despite our differences! I love theater because it connects us to each other in such an immediate way.” She studied playwriting at the Kenyon Playwriting Conference, and community-based theater at Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles. She holds academic degrees from the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is the author of scholarly essays on feminist theory and theater. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Colorado-Denver, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Colorado Theater Guild.
The Liberation will be presented at 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the First Reformed Church, 52 Green Street, Hudson, NY. Joining Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger will be a line-up of professional actors including Lora Lee Ecobelli, Eric Fleising, and Montana Lampert Hoover. Bob Pagnani will be the narrator.
The performance will be followed by a reception, featuring delicious snacks and beverages, and a talkback with the playwright, actors, and director. The suggested donation is $15. For reservations, please telephone 518-851-2061. Walk-ins are always welcome.
The program is made possible (in part) with funding provided by the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation.