May 18 - 26, 2019
Lyric Hyperion Theatre
2106 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Blossoming is an annual staged reading series comprised of new full-length plays developed by
The Vagrancy Playwrights' Group
Saturday, May 18, 4:00pm
Taciturn Beings by librecht baker
directed by Tamiyka White
In the Night Child, the womxn are gated by their own rules, tend their gardens, and revel in their company while being anchored by Oni, an elder who knows the community's herstories. When the womxn's lives begin to uncoil, Oni helps them recombine with their unremembered parts of themselves.
Sunday, May 19, 4:00pm
Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm by Katherine Vondy
directed by Jessie Lee Mills
While wandering Worcester, England in 1943 in search of bird eggs, a teenage boy happened upon the skeleton of an unidentified woman inside the trunk of a large tree. An investigation commenced to determine who the woman was and how she died, but it raised more questions than it answered. Was she a spy? Was she a prostitute? Had she been part of an occult ritual? Theories abounded, but no definitive answers emerged. Then graffiti began to appear around town, asking a question that remains unanswered to this day...
WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM? uses the historical mystery to explore the ways in which society imposes identities on women, and ultimately ask how much it's possible to truly know another person.
Sunday. May 19, 7:00pm
Nurse Cadden by Kate Mickere
directed by Kate Motzenbacker
Everyone living in mid-century Dublin knows Mamie Cadden — she’s the boorish woman who motors around the city in her bright red sports car. She also happens to be a notorious backstreet abortionist who profits off the secrets of Dublin’s most powerful men. When the body of pregnant Helen O’Reilly is found dumped outside of Mamie’s flat, the infamous nurse is sentenced to hang. Can a Divine intervention save Nurse Cadden’s soul before it’s too late?
Tuesday, May 21, 7:00pm
Slur by Ilana Turner
directed by Diana Wyenn
In pre-World War One England, Maud Allan rises to world fame as one of the first ‘modern’ dancers, only to sue for criminal libel an ultra-conservative member of Parliament who accuses her of promoting sexual deviancy via her performances. Slur delves into the hypocrisy of moral mandates for women, how the legal system can be wielded as a weapon to suppress artists, and the effects of guilt by association.
Sunday, May 26, 3:30pm
Intertwined by Tracy Held Potter
directed by Gleason Bauer
It’s 1906 and Chinese immigrant Win Chow has fled his home country to create a better life for himself in San Francisco. After establishing a successful business, Win gets closer to his dream, but laws banning interracial marriage are pulling him from the woman he loves while anti-immigration laws push him towards a Chinese woman he barely knows.
Sunday, May 26, 6:30pm
Molly by Howard Ho
directed by Arthur Keng
A Musical Journey through the surprising rise and fall of Ecstasy, the drug that changed how we move and groove. From her birth in a German lab in 1912 to the Rave scene's Summer of Love in 1988, Molly sings her intoxicating song and, along the way, ignites a movement.
*These readings were made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs & is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. *
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