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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Robert Michael Oliver
Robert Michael Oliver, Ph.D., considers himself a Creativist. He has been involved in education and the performing arts in the Washington area since the 1980s. He, along with his wife, Elizabeth Bruce, and Jill Navarre, co-founded The Sanctuary Theatre in 1983. Since those fierce days in Columbia Heights, he has earned his doctorate in theater and performance studies from the University of Maryland, raised two wonderful children, and seen more theater over the five years he worked as a reviewer than he saw in the previous 30. He now co-directs the Sanctuary's Performing Knowledge Project. He has his first book of poetry, The Dark Diary: in 27 refracted moments, due for publication by Finishing Line Press later this year.


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