Free writers workshops & a Rehearsed Reading from North Carolina

Posted on: 16th May 2016

North Carolina's Black Sheep Theatre Company will return to The Playhouse this month with free writers workshops and a Rehearsed Reading of a new piece!

Professor at Appalachian State University, Georgia Rhoades will offer writing workshops on writing about historical figures, 'Writing Real Women', on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th May, and  a Rehearsed Reading of a new piece by author and teacher of composition Dennis Bohr will be held in The Playhouse Green Room on Thursday 26th May, 7pm.

 

Writing Real Women

Professor at Appalachian State University, Georgia Rhoades will offer writing workshops on Writing about historical figures, whether well-known or women in our lives, asks us to balance between what we know, what we think we know, differing accounts in history or memory, and what we can imagine based on our own experience. Group workshops available upon request on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th May.

Georgia Rhoades has taught and performed in Derry since 1995 with Black Sheep Theatre, which is based in Boone, North Carolina, where she directs the Writing Across the Curriculum Program for Appalachian State University. In 2013, her play The Cook was commissioned by The Playhouse for the City of Culture celebrations. The Cook, the story of Cecily Jackson, who was executed by burning at Bishop's Gate in 1725, was directed by Black Sheep's Dennis Bohr and performed by Derry actors. Rhoades is writing a novel version of the play as well as a play about the witches of Islandmagee.

 

The Disposable Man

Denis Bohr, teacher of composition at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Denis he works in the University Writing Center and is a Writing Across the Curriculum consultant. He is the author of Pope Joan: The Hiss of the Snake, The English Whore (a one-man show), Old, Out-of-step, Anti-war Peacenik Hippies (co-written with Rhoades), Macbeth: The Play That Dare Not Speak Its Name (all of which have been performed at The Playhouse), Burn in Hell, and Dark All Day (and All of the Night), among other plays. He is a director, producer, and actor and has performed in various roles with Black Sheep, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, God, the Devil, and a Martian lesbian.

His latest piece, 'The Disposable Man' is set in the near future in the USA after cataclysmic climate changes have reshaped America into separate states, including Texas-by-God, White USA, and the Floating Island of San Francisco.

Due to several factors, including the "man flu," no babies are being born. Leaders of White USA and Texas-by-God abolish birth control and remove all women's rights. Many women relocate to the Floating Island, which the men are unable to invade. The women refuse to return until war, rape, and sexual slavery are ended and reproductive rights are returned to women. The play focuses on the negotiations between the men and women.

The free rehearsed reading will be held in The Playhouse Green Room on Thursday 26th May, 7pm.

 


Black Sheep Theatre was founded in 1992 by Georgia Rhoades, Dennis Bohr and Mary Anne Maier, and is dedicated to writing and performing original political work.

All events are free. All are welcome. For more information or to request a workshop contact Áine at The Playhouse on (028)71268027 or email aine@derryplayhouse.co.uk

 


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