A Public Fit Theatre Company (APF) is proud to close its 2022/23 season with a staged reading of Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly at the Clark County Library June 30 and July 1.
The play tells the story of June and her anthropomorphic pet goat Weezy, the only survivors of a devastating tornado. A visiting photographer arrives with plans to photograph June, hoping to illuminate the tragedy she’s endured and document the vast array of scars she bears. Through the intimacy of the camera, the two discover a shared history of pain and loss and begin the long process of recovery during their short time together.
"It’s a magical play," says director Barbara Brennan. "Audrey Cefaly uses dark comedy, high drama, and a remarkable collection of folk art to tell a mesmerizing story. But even beyond that, it’s a play about ‘being seen’. It just grabs your heart and doesn’t let go."
APF staged readings are presented in cooperation with the Clark County Library District. "Our partnership with the library has truly grown and evolved over the past 6 years," says APF’s Artistic Director Ann-Marie Pereth. "Not only have we upped our production values by adding scenic elements, props and costumes, we’ve also doubled our performance dates - all without having to charge an admission fee! It allows us to offer a high-quality theatre experience to anyone who wants it!”
Immediately following the performance, audiences are invited to join the cast and production staff for The Buzz, a moderated discussion of the themes and discoveries presented in the play. An APF hallmark, The Buzz is an expression of A Public Fit’s ongoing commitment to engage audiences well beyond the limits of the stage, ensuring that the conversations surrounding captivating theatre are shared by the community.
“We can’t wait for The Buzz on this one,” says Pereth. “I mean, how often do you get to have a conversation regarding the symbolism of talking goats?”
This beautifully poetic Pulitzer prize-nominated play is presented for two performances - Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 1 at 2 p.m. at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Admission to all APF staged readings is free of charge, but early arrival is suggested in order to secure premium seating. Doors will open one half-hour prior to showtime.
For more information regarding A Public Fit Theatre Company including upcoming performances, season information and ticketing, visit www.apublicfit.org.