Salt Lake Acting Company's annual Free Spring Reading series begins this weekend in Logan, followed by a repeat performance during the week in Salt Lake City.
The plays in the 1994 series will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Fine Arts on the Utah State University campus in Logan, then repeated the following Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. on SLAC's upstairs mainstage, 168 W. 500 North.The three plays scheduled this season are:
- "Solo Flight," written by John Reaves, June 5 and 7.
- "The Lemon Cookie," by Jack Heif-ner, June 12 and 14.
- "A Ritual for Returning," written by Colleen Hubbard, June 19 and 21.
The readings are free and open to the public, with light refreshments provided following each performance. The series is made possible by the continuous generosity of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation and the Union Pacific Foundation.
- SOLO FLIGHT, directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer, is a sort of science-fiction "David and Lisa" - a futuristic love story with a happy ending.
The cast includes Trevor A. Williams, Joyce Cohen, Leo Geter, Koranda Banks and Tony Larimer.
Playwright John Reaves lives in New York, where he works with the Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, his other plays include "Mississippi Nude" and "Lindbergh."
Kramer, who has been teaching acting and directing for the past year at the University of Utah, is a graduate of Yale's directing program. He has directed a wide range of plays, from original works to Shakespeare to opera, in New York and at a number of university and regional theaters.
Kramer's recent directorial projects in New York include "Richard III" and the premiere of Michael Bolus' "Attic People."
- THE LEMON COOKIE will be directed by Valerie Kittel with Jayne Luke, L.L. West, Teresa Sanderson, Kori Ramsey, Brad Schroeder and Phil Taylor in the cast.
It's described as a comedic "he said/she said" account of a contemporary marriage in the throes of atrophy. It was featured at the 1993 Gathering at Big Fork.
Playwright Jack Heifner is best known for the long-running off-Broadway hit "Vanities." His recent play, "Heartbreak," won five Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards, including best play of 1992.
Kittel, a founding member of SLAC, performed most recently in "Painting Churches."
- A RITUAL FOR RETURNING, which marks the directing debut for Bobbi Fouts, will be performed by Molly Cameron, Gary Anderson, Mary Bishop and Toni Lynn Byrd.
The work is described as an Every-woman's bike ride away from a life of repeated bad news and on to some wonderfully funny/sad off-road adventures with father, family and friends.
Playwright Colleen Hubbard, who is director of the Young Playwrights' Workshop at the Denver Center Theatre Company, has also written "Motherload," "Take My Life, Please!" and "Youtopia," the latter two showcased at the 1994 Gathering at Big Fork. She lives in Denver with her three daughters and husband, playwright Larry Bograd.
First-time director Fouts has been performing on local stages for the past 10 years, including the current Theatre-Works West production of "Quilters" and SLAC's "God's Country" and "The Heidi Chronicles."