As the first official event of Season 3: Reinvention, The New Theatre Project offers the first of many table, concert, and staged readings of never-before-seen work in the New Work Series. As opposed to previous readings happening twice yearly, TNTP will offer them year round in partnership with the Ypsilanti District Library.
The season's first reading will be The Aleph Complex by Deborah Yarchun, in competition for the open TBA slot in the mainstage season. The reading will take place on Thursday, August 2 at 8 pm at the Mix Studio Theater.
To save herself from her chronically obsessive thoughts, Nicky converts them into sounds so she can fall asleep to the sound of rain. This works until, during a bout of crippling social anxiety at college, a thought about her mother turns into a vicious storm. Nicky outruns the storm all the way home, where she returns to her old job at the Container Store and to Mom, who hasn't left the apartment in five years. While searching for self-help books for her mother at the last Border's Bookstore on the planet, she meets Borders Guy, the last Border's employee on the planet, who introduces her to the mysterious Aleph, a Borges-inspired point of overwhelming omniscience he guards in the back of the store. In a chain of self-help, Nicky, her mom, and Border's Guy smash down the walls that enclose their lives.
The reading will feature Peter Giessl, Emily Roll, and Eva Rosenwald.
Readings take places at the Mix Studio Theater, 130 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti, MI, 48197. Admission is pay-what-you-can for all readings. More information is also available at the TNTP website or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
The New Theatre Project was founded in Ann Arbor in January 2010 with the mission to produce original work and reinventions of classical text for a modern audience. TNTP has grown into an ensemble of artists committed to producing high quality, professional theatre produced in collaborative and non-hierarchical ways and giving young artists professional work. Recently, the company has moved into the Mix Studio Theater, a storefront space in downtown Ypsilanti where they continue to produce new work in new ways with new artists. As part of Season 3: Reinvention, TNTP will strive for opportunities to strengthen the community of Ypsilanti and look for educational opportunities through the beauty of theatre and new work development. For more information, visit www.thenewtheatreproject.org.