Relative Theatrics and the UW Art Museum present a virtual reading of HEARTLAND Thursday September 17 at 7pm. The Zoom link will be posted at www.relativetheatrics.com/virtual-programming by 6:30pm the day of the reading.
September 17 – 7PM – Read, Rant, Relate: HEARTLAND by Lojo Simon and Anita Simons.
Description: During World War II, the US government confined thousands of Japanese-, German- and Italian-Americans to isolated, fenced and guarded relocation centers known as internment camps. At the same time, it shipped foreign Prisoners of War captured overseas to the US for imprisonment. Heartland reflects on the intersection between these two historic events through the story of a German-born widow and her family who take in two German Prisoners of War to work their family farm. But the German- American family and the POWs bond too well for the townspeople to accept, and the widow is arrested, interned and eventually suffers a breakdown, which tears her family apart. Based on true stories, Heartland illustrates what can happen when fear and prejudice pit neighbor against neighbor in times of war. A dramatic tale that grants insights into American history, Heartland is a winner of the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest and a runner-up for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award.
The reading is part of the Relative Theatrics and UW Art Museum Read, Rant, Relate series and will be followed by a discussion with the actors and director led by a humanities scholar. The play contains adult themes and language. Funded in part by a grant from Wyoming Humanities.
This play is connected and inspired by both the Moving Walls exhibition and Dr. Adam Blacker’s exhibition in the Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery at the UW Art Museum. Slides of the artwork will be on display on Zoom from 6:30-7.
Tickets: We are encouraging a donation to Relative Theatrics.
Wine, Cheese, and Theatre all from the comfort and safety of your own home? Yes, please!
Relative Theatrics is pairing up with Chalk N’ Cheese to bring you select Wine and Cheese pairings suited to our Virtual Play Readings. Pick up your pairing and enjoy the full experience while tuning in on Thursdays at 7.
Chalk n’ Cheese will donate 10% of all Virtual Reading Wine/Cheese Pairing Sales to Relative Theatrics! What a delectable way to support your local theatre!
Read, Rant, Relate is a free theatrical-reading program funded in part by the Wyoming Humanities. Experience a new piece of dramatic literature in a unique setting with Relative Theatrics and the University of Wyoming Art Museum. Participants will engage directly with modern plays by listening to actor led readings of the texts, then joining discussions breaking down the thematic elements of the works and their relevance to today’s society. Each play is connected to a current exhibit at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.
Relative Theatrics strives to present thought-provoking theatre that examines the joining qualities of the human race. We believe that theatre is a forum with the power to illuminate the binding qualities of humanity and reinforce the ideals that as a society we have values that pose as common ground and emotions that relate us to one another. Taking artistic risk, we provide a community gathering place where thoughts can be exchanged about society, culture, and the power of creativity.