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Staged Reading: The Bridge

The Bridge
by Paul-David Halem (local playwright)

Performance Date: August 12, 2012 at 7pm 

Over the course of one year, strangers and lovers in search of answers to life’s big questions find themselves on THE BRIDGE, a lonely and mysterious crossing. The enigmatic Ralphie offers seven travelers his help in understanding what they have been through – and what each has yet to experience on the far side of THE BRIDGE.

THE BRIDGE represents Patio’s continuing efforts to stage readings of new works. This dramatic black comedy is the second from the keyboard of local playwright, Paul-David Halem, whose LIFE CYCLES was given a staged reading at Patio two years ago and last year had a well-received world premiere at PowPAC.

The performance is free. A $5 donation would be greatly appreciated.

Staged Reading: What It Means to Be Freezing

What It Means to Be Freezing
by Carol Cabrera (local playwright)

Directed by Jim Clevenger

Performance Date: August 7th, 2011

What It Means to Be Freezing is about the sheer desire to understand yourself and the importance of being able to love who you are.  Family, honesty, tragedy, hope, weather, individuality and love reveal how secrets, the past and tragedies stand in the way of these two simple desires.

Carol Cabrera is a poet, playwright and director, holds theatre degree and a literature degree from the University of California San Diego. She’s taught playwriting with the California Playwright’s Project, advocating for literacy through art and theatre. She’s worked as the Director of the Social Action Theatre Troupe in the Center for Communication and Leadership at UCSD. She is currently teaches 11th grade English Language Arts in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Staged Reading: Welcome Home Sonny Boy

Welcome Home Sonny Boy
by Joe Powers (local playwright)

Performance Date: December 4, 2011, 7pm

In this compelling drama written by local playwright and actor Joe Powers, Tommy, the owner of a small grocery store, must contend with the emotions stirred by the return of his ex-convict son, Sonny. It deftly weaves together such timeless topics as paternal love, family conflict, loss and grief, human weakness, and the quest for redemption.


Dear Liar

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Directed by Kevin Jones
Produced by Jim Clevenger and Helgard Deuel

Staged reading of Jerome Kilty’s dramatization of George Bernard Shaw’s 40 years of romantic correspondence with his muse Mrs. Patrick Campbell.