Volcanic Theatre Pub Begins Play Reading Series – The Award Winners

March 27 Features Martin McDonagh’s black comedy A Behanding in Spokane.

volcanicVTP is a new cultural arts venue that screens films, performs plays, and hosts musical acts all in one cozy and intimate warehouse space furnished with comfy sofas, chairs, recliners, tables and bar tops, while serving a great selection of craft brews and wines.

Wednesday March 27, the play reading series continues with Martin McDonagh’s black comedy A Behanding in Spokane. Behanding revolves around Carmichael, who has been searching for his missing left hand for the last 27 years. Enter two bickering lovebirds with a hand to sell and a hotel clerk with an aversion to gunfire. Martin McDonagh is an Irish playwright, screen-writer and director, most known for his Leenane Trilogy, for which he won the 1996 Best Play Drama Desk Award for The Beauty Queen of Leenane and for his Academy Award-Nominated film In Bruge, starring Collin Farrel and Ralph Fiennes.
The third play in the series is True West by Pulitzer-Prize Winning playwright Sam Shepard. True West originally premiered in 1980 and is about two estranged brothers who have reconnected. Austin, the younger brother, is a Hollywood screenwriter working on a screenplay while house sitting for his mother, who is vacationing in Alaska. His older brother, Lee, appears at the house after the two have not seen each other for years. Lee is a drifter and a thief and has been living in the desert. The play becomes outrageously funny and intense when Lee sells a screenplay and forces Austin to write it.

In addition to being an accomplished playwright, Sam Shepard is also well-known for his acting career, where he was nominated for the Academy-Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Col. Chuck Yeager. True West was revived in 2000 with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly as the siblings. Both were nominated for the 2000 Tony for Best Performance by a Lead Actor.

For more information about Volcanic Theatre Pub, movie screenings, play readings, play performances or musical events, visit www.volcanictheatrepub.com, email derek@volcanictheatrepub.com, or call the theatre at 541-323-1881.    

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