U of I Theatre Arts Presents Virtual Town Hall, Two Weekends of Theatre
July 21, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — July 20, 2020 —The University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts is holding a virtual town hall 6 p.m. Friday, July 24, and two weekends of livestreamed theatrical readings featuring U of I alumni, faculty and several special guest artists.
During the town hall, Theatre Arts chair Robert Caisley and special guests will discuss the future of summer theatre on the Palouse. Plans will also be shared for rebuilding a sustainable summer theatre program for the community, with an emphasis on highlighting thought-provoking new plays and new voices in theatre, especially Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) artists and other historically underserved or marginalized communities.
“Theatres around the world have had to shutter their productions due to COVID-19,” Caisley said.
“There’s nothing quite like a live theatrical exchange, and it’s my hope that when this pandemic is over, people will place a premium on the shared storytelling experience of theatre. With our community’s support, we hope to raise enough money to relaunch a new Idaho Repertory Theatre in summer 2021 – complete with a new mission, a new business model, but the same high standards for bringing first-class theatre to the Palouse.”
The town hall on July 24 will be immediately followed by a virtual staged reading of “The Open Hand” written by Caisley and featuring U of I Professor Craig A. Miller and theater alumni Kylee Teal, Katy Sokol, Bryce Gowey and Justin Johnson. “The Open Hand” is a serio-comic meditation on the nature of generosity.
Two additional livestreamed readings of “The Open Hand” will take place 6 p.m. Saturday, July 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26.
The following weekend, at 6 p.m. Friday, July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, two special benefit performances of “Under A Big Sky,” written by Choctaw playwright Randy Reinholz, will take place virtually. “Under A Big Sky” isa warmhearted play of self-discovery set against the Montana landscape under the limitless blue sky. The cast includes U of I Professor Kelly Quinnett and Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet, Hawaiian), Sheila Tousey (Menominee/Stockbridge-Munsee), Samantha Bowling (Cherokee) and Olivia Espinosa (Azteca).
The events are free. Online donations will be accepted, and all proceeds will go toward providing theatre in summer 2021.
(Media Note: Headshots of cast members and playwrights are available upon request.)
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