Salon Reading Series

Join us on Sunday October 1 at 2 PM at Rock Island Social Club for a reading of David Wiltse's script SEDITION.

Thanks to everyone who made our 2016 Salon Reading Series a success!  Thanks Tim for managing and arranging.  Thanks Ann for providing snacks.  Thanks directors.  Thanks actors.  Thanks audience.  Thanks Andrew for making Rock Island Social Club available to us.


From Salon Reading Series manager Timothy Scholl:

Director Rufus Norris notes that Everyman “is one of those plays that people know of, but nobody has ever seen.”  Using a new adaptation by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Norris opened the season and his tenure at the National Theatre with a 500 year old cycle drama.  It was a risk.  It was a risk that paid off and created a tangible, emotional link with a play that speaks powerfully through 500 years.  

That is the power of adaptation.  Old stories become new; universal themes become accessible and we draw a closer kinship to human beings who, while they maybe centuries removed from us in technology, history and culture, still share the experience of being alone, afraid, joyful, thankful, terrified and at peace.  We sense the community and commonality of being human.  In addition, we gain access to styles of writing and methods of performance that expand our understanding of this communication conduit of live theatre

In tribute to the National Theatre and in further exploration, Angels Theatre Company opens the 2016 Salon Reading Series with the same 500 year old cycle drama, as we explore the theme of adaptation. Under the unifying theme of adaptation, we will explore dramatic texts that are adapted from previous works, adaptation as a plot, the adaptation of character as a means of survival and the adaptation of history by considering another point of view.  

The first three readings are classical works adapted by female playwrights.  Notably, two of these playwrights (Carol Ann Duffy and Sarah Ruhl) are primarily poets.  These plays provide access to these works through new translations and modern sensibilities.  The stories/plots remain deeply rooted in our dramatic tradition, whether it is a forced conversation with God, and exploration of the greatest adventure of our time, or a personal journey into hell in order to save your beloved.

The final three readings explore adaptation within the dramatic text.  These three works are not adapted works per se, but rather explore adaptation as a thematic part of the story.  

This series is about the work of the playwright and we hope that it provides enough variety to pique your interest in to all the ways adaptation manifests in the theatre. 

Everyman was first produced at the National Theatre London on April 29, 2015