Home Made Theater’s November play reading of the 2013-14 Shuster Series:
Scenes for an Execution
By Howard Barker
On Sunday, November 10th, we’ll be reading Howard Barker’s Scenes for an Execution. This play makes sixteenth-century Venice the setting for a fearless exploration of sexual politics and the timeless tension between personal ambition and moral responsibility, and between the patron’s demands and the artist’s autonomy. Commissioned to paint a vast canvas celebrating the triumphant Battle of Lepanto, the free-spirited Galactia creates instead a breathtaking scene of war-torn carnage. In her fierce determination to stay true to herself, she alienates the authorities and faces incarceration. Her younger lover Carpeta is approached to take over and seizes the assignment for himself.
*Word of warning, the play contains very strong language, not suitable for young readers.
This season the Shuster Series is less about staging a reading for an audience and more about the play and the reading of it. We’re looking to have actors who are interested in reading plays join in to read and discuss each piece. Audience members (non-readers) are welcome to participate in the discussion too. There’s no rehearsal – just the one day we get together. We’re still planning to gather once a month during our 2013-14 season. This reading will be led by Director/Actor Dianne O’Neill Filer, and the rest of the season will be chosen by the participants in the group. The person whose work is chosen will then become the leader for that reading.
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