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Brendan Powers 03It’s the weekend of the New York City Marathon, and Stephen, preparing for his first race, needs a good night’s sleep. Emily, his wife’s old roommate, shows up unexpectedly late at night and needs to talk. Since his wife isn’t home, guess who she wants to talk to. Will Stephen get some sleep or be running on empty? Written by award-winning playwright Arlene Hutton, Running opens May 6, 2016, with ensuing performances at 8:00 p.m. on May 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on May 15 in the Foulds Theatre at the Alliance of the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33919.

Directed by Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor, Running stars Professional Equity actor Brendan Powers and local favorite Angel Duncan. Tickets are $24 or $11 for students with proper ID. Thursdays are “buy one get one off the regular price.”

 

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Arlene Hutton’s ‘Running’ opens at Theatre Conspiracy on May 6 (04-27-16)

Brendan Powers 03Theatre Conspiracy is proud to present the Florida premiere of Running by Arlene Hutton. The show opens Friday May 6, 2016.

It’s the weekend of the New York City Marathon, and Stephen, preparing for his first race, needs a good night’s sleep. Emily, his wife’s old roommate, shows up unexpectedly late at night and needs to talk. Since his wife isn’t home, guess who she wants to talk to. Will Stephen get some sleep or be running on empty? Running stars Professional Equity actor Brendan Powers and local favorite Angel Duncan, and is directed by Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor.

Brendan Powers 02Brendan Powers is a regular performer at Florida Repertory Theatre and was last seen onstage at Theatre Conspiracy in The Morning After the Night Before the Wedding. Angel Duncan has been seen in numerous Theatre Conspiracy shows including The Bluest Eye and Call Me Waldo. Since founding Theatre Conspiracy in 1985, Bill Taylor has produced and directed a legion of challenging, cutting-edge shows. He has billed this Brendan Powers 04as its “season of the female playwright,” and Ms. Hutton caps a roster of women playwrights that included Lillian Hellman (Toys in the Attic), Anne Wasburn (Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play), Jordan Hall (Kayak), Lydia Diamond (The Bluest Eye), Jessica Dickey (The Amish Project) and Jennifer Haley (The Nether).

[Ed. noteArlene Hutton actually won Theatre Conspiracy’s New Play Contest with a play titled Vacuum (see ensuing article). However, after the actors cast in the lead of that show were forced to withdraw due to family issues and no suitable replacements could be located to their places, Theatre Conspiracy in consultation with the playwright decided to produce Running instead. Such are the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and the vagaries of community theater.]

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Arlene Hutton’s ‘Vacuum’ is Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest finalist (10-29-15)

Vacuum 01Theatre Conspiracy has announced the top three entries for its annual new play contest. One of the finalists is Vacuum by Arlene Hutton.

Arlene Hutton is a member of New Dramatists and a MacDowell Colony fellow. She is the author of Last Train to Nibroc (2000 New York Drama League Best Play nomination) and the Shaker drama As It Is In Heaven, both of which were selected for Smith & Kraus Best Women Playwrights anthologies. A four-time Heideman Award finalist and a three-time Samuel French Short Play Festival winner, her New York credits include 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Barrow Vacuum 02Group, Circle-in-the-Square Downtown, Alice’s Fourth Floor, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE, and Vital Theatre.

The Theatre Conspiracy October 30 New Play Fundraiser consists of a 7 p.m. preshow reception featuring food, wine and drink. Then at 8 p.m., there will be selected readings from Donna Hoke’s Brilliant Works of Art, Mark Milo Kessler’s Tribunal and Arlene Hutton’s Vacuum. After the readings, there will be a talk-back with Producing Artistic Director Bill Taylor and then the audience will choose a winner.

Tickets to the fundraiser are $50 and include a voucher good for one ticket to any Theatre Conspiracy performance.

 

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