The Landing Theatre Company presents New American Voices Play Reading Series
The Landing Theatre Company’s New American Voices Play Reading Series annually features four new plays by American authors. The final selections that have been made for this year’s event are:
- Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture by Alexis Schaetzle (April 1, 1 pm) - It’s a sticky hot summer in the swamplands of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Step-sisters Wanda and Daisy struggle to get by as the people they love disappear; Wanda’s mother has recently died, and Daisy’s father is fading away as his Alzheimer's worsens, and his obsession with an impending rapture intensifies. The girls summon dark memories as they try to repair their fractured relationship, and find a little light. A magical story about how we hold onto family, the past, and ourselves while we seek better lives, and wait patiently as the Great Rapture hails us-- or doesn’t.
- Blight by John Bavoso (April 1, 7 pm) - Silvia and Cat Henson have just moved from a tiny apartment in Washington, DC, into their sprawling dream home in the small, affluent town of Greenville, Delaware. However, this was recently the home of a teenaged mass shooter and his single mother. Is this the right time and place for Silvia and Cat to bring a new baby into the world, or will the house create an irreparable rift between them and their new community?
- Under This Roof by Barbara Kingsley (April 2, 1 pm) - Set in the segregated black neighborhood of Central Cleveland in the late '40s, Mamie Warren needs household help after her husband, Raymond, has an accident. On recommendation, Mamie hires a down-on- her-luck woman named Bessie, whose arrival brings surprises and new challenges. The circumstances force them to confront prejudices, perceptions and secrets that unexpectedly surface in this two-act drama.
- The Benders: A Dark Western by Anne Phelan (April 2, 7 pm) - Inspired by the true-life story of The Bloody Benders, the first mass media serial killer story in American history. In 1871, the media converged on the Bender family’s small inn outside of Independence, Kansas, where the Benders killed dozens of travelers and buried them in a nearby orchard.