Few experiences can ignite a great conversation like a thrilling night in the theatre. The Hornets’ Nest series has theatre-goers itching for that conversation.
The Hornets’ Nest series of script-in-hand readings with professional actors and directors returns, investigating the most difficult and controversial questions of today. Following each reading, audience members will have the opportunity to engage in open discussion with key figures from the Rochester community.
Monday, May 12
7pm in the Mainstage
by Lisa D’Amour
Directed by Sean Patrick Reilly
In Detroit, Ben and Mary have a fragile hold on the middle class lifestyle. When new neighbors move into the deserted house next door and come over for a barbecue, that hold becomes even more tenuous. The quintessential American backyard party quickly turns into something more dangerous – and filled with potential. With the economy still on shaky ground, entire cities declaring bankruptcy and the middle class slowly disappearing, do the tenets of the American Dream (that hard work will be rewarded with a steady job and a home in a respectable neighborhood) still apply? Is there enough room in these troubled financial times to reinvent yourself? Detroit was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in 2011.
The reading is directed by Sean Patrick Reilly, who appeared in Geva’s productions of Doubt and American Buffalo. The cast includes Brenda Withers (recently seen in Last Gas), Tom Coiner (Geva’s productions of Perfect Wedding and The Book Club Play), Jessica Kitchens (Geva’s production of Clybourne Park), Stephen Key (Geva’s production of Death of a Salesman) and Don Bartalo.
Following the reading, audience members will have the opportunity to discuss the questions that the play poses with a panel of members of the community brought together specifically for this event. The panel for May 12 includes Sandra Frankel, former Brighton Town Supervisor, and Jim Bertolone, Rochester and Genesee Valley Labor Foundation, President APWU Local 215.
Tickets are free and, due to the popularity of this series, are limited to two per person. Reservations are recommended. Due to anticipated demand, all unclaimed tickets will be released at 6:45pm on the day of performance. Patron discretion is advised: plays deal with adult subject matter.
Reserve your FREE tickets now at http://www.gevatheatre.org/shows/hornets-nest-detroit/ or call the Box Office: (585) 232-4382
Leadership support for the Hornet’s Nest is provided by Jack and Barbara Kraushaar, The Mary S. Mulligan Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and The New York State Council for the Humanities.