Dancing with Fire
The multi-talented Kimberly Gleason is back in town (from her new job and life in Spain) to recreate Two Worlds, the theater and film program produced for some years by the North Fourth Art Center. Kim is partnering with Carmen Tsabetsaye, filmmaker and business professional in this ongoing venture.
For these two weekends in July, last weekend and coming up on the 19th and 20th, Two Worlds Theater 2013 is offering a Staged Reading Festival with plays by Lucas Rowley (Inupiaq), Diane Glancy (Cherokee) and Kimberly Gleason (Navajo)—yes, in addition to producing, Kim is also a budding playwright.
This coming weekend, Kim’s “Dancing with Fire” will be Friday at 7pm; Diane Glancy’s “Mask Maker” is Saturday at 5pm; and Lucas Rowley’s “William, Inc.” is Saturday at 7pm.
I saw both “Dancing with Fire” and “William, Inc.” last weekend and previously read “Mask Maker.” These readings are all well worth attending; the work is original in that it comes straight from the brains, hearts and fingers of these able playwrights, and original in telling new stories effectively and old stories with a new twist.
The readers/actors are certainly all capable and some of them are downright brilliant in their reading roles. In the two plays I watched, the serious topics (alienation, alcoholism) and the humor inherent in everyday life were well incorporated with relatively little chance for preparation by the readers. I was impressed.
The following photos should further entice you all to come over to North Fourth Art Center Friday and/or Saturday nights. It’s good theater and there’s a chance to meet the cast of characters over refreshments after each performance.
Cast: William Inc.
William Inc., Venita yawakie-Gauna
William Inc., Lynnette Haozous
Dancing with Fire, Wil Moore and Jay B. Muskett
Dancing with Fire, Zee Echo Eskeets and Forrest Goodluck
William Inc., Lucas Rowley
William Inc., Kenneth Ruthardt and Wil Moore
Dancing with Fire, robert Mesa and Lynnette Haozous
Dancing with Fire, Lynnette Haozous, Jesus Mayorga, Jay B. Muskett; standing Wil Moore