New Play Reading: ‘THE LOATHING’: This Monday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m., at Iona Senior Services

On Monday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m., The Playwrights Forum will present a public reading of Robert Michael Olivers new play, The Loathing. Iona Senior Services will host the reading. They are located at 4125 Albemarle Street NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Gillian Drake directs the reading. She has assembled an excellent cast: Eva Wilhelm as Susan, Tim Torre as Aaron, Pam Bierly as Ruth, and Soneka Anderson as Baya.

In The Loathing, as the young college professor, Susan Lang, prepares for her eight o’clock Philosophy of Ethics class, she discovers Aaron, a young mathematics student, asleep in her classroom. An instant connection is made, but not the kind an innocent onlooker might suspect. Susan and her dear friend Ruth, a professor in the English Department who specializes in “the Fallen Poetics” of Emily Dickenson, seek out Aaron, unaware of the darkness they are about to encounter.

The Loathing intimately explores our enduring quest for atonement, an atonement especially difficult in our ever more secular age.

The Playwrights Forum asks for a small donation at the door. Light refreshments are provided.

Robert Michael Oliver.
Robert Michael Oliver.

The Loathing is Robert Michael Oliver’s fourth play reading with Playwrights Forum, Forum II. His other plays include The Greatest Generation, Images from a Darkened Classroom, and Prison Voices.

Oliver is currently performing two of his original solo performance pieces, Embodying Poe and Song of Myself: the WHITMAN Project as part of the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival. Read the two 2015 Capital Fringe reviews on DCMetroTheaterArts.

The Playwrights Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic development of talented playwrights from the Mid-Atlantic region.  It offers a supportive and disciplined environment within which to study the craft and nurture creative skills.

Within the Playwrights Forum there is a e-tier range of membership options: our permanent selective group, Forum 2; Forum 1 – three month workshops of small-enrollment groups; and an Associate Membership for those who want a less participatory role in its multifaceted program of activities.

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Poet, Performer, Theatre Artist, Playwright, Educator, Writer--Robert Michael Oliver, Ph.D., has been involved in the DC arts scene since the 1980s, when he co-founded The Sanctuary Theatre in the old sanctuary of Calvary United Methodist Church. Since those fierce days in Columbia Heights, he has earned his doctorate in theatre from University of Maryland, raised two wonderful children, and seen more theatre as a reviewer over the last two years than he saw in the previous thirty. He now co-directs, along with his wife Elizabeth Bruce, the Sanctuary's Performing Knowledge Project, which organizes a host of writing and performance workshops, plus Mementos: Poetry and Performance for Seniors, a yearly literature-in-performance Fringe Festival show, as well as Performetry--a monthly poetry and prose performance event at DC's community arts & culture center BloomBars.


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