Friday, September 2, 2011

Either/Or Script Development Lab Reading Sept. 9

Keene, NH -- The Either/Or Script Development Lab will present a reading of Russell Davis’ play “Appointment with a High Wire Lady” on Friday, Sept. 9 at The Starving Artist, 10 West St.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion with the audience, playwright, director, and actors. A $5 donation is suggested and no prior reservations are required.

Davis is currently at work on a screenplay version of this play for an upcoming feature film by Either/Or Films, sponsors and creators of the Either/Or Script Development Lab.

“We’re especially interested in feedback from the audience about this story,” says Either/Or Films producer Buzz McLaughlin, “and their comments about seeing this play as a film.”

“Appointment with a High Wire Lady” has been produced in various theaters around the country, including a run in New York City, where New York Times critic Mel Gussow commented that “Mr. Davis is subtle and unsentimental in telling a story about two people trying to find a connection that has previously eluded them. The play...has a sensitive awareness of the renewable vitality within an interrupted relationship. In extremis, says the playwright, can come understanding.”

Davis' plays have been produced at theaters nationally including People's Light & Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Center Stage, Yale Repertory, and Actors Theater of Louisville, and the Mark Taper Forum. They've also appeared at the Sundance Institute Playwright's Lab, O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference, the National New Play Network's Showcase of New Plays, and the New Harmony Project. He is a past member of New Dramatists in New York City and has been artist-in-residence at various colleges and universities including, most recently, Yale University, where he continues to teach.

Founded by filmmakers Aaron Wiederspahn and Buzz McLaughlin, whose first feature “The Sensation of Sight” premiered in Keene in 2008, the Either/Or Script Development Lab is an arm of Either/Or Films, an independent feature film production company headquartered in Munsonville, NH. The purpose of the Lab is to identify promising new scripts by emerging and established writers (both plays and screenplays) and to nurture selected projects through a script development process that includes public readings and workshops with actors and guided feedback sessions with audiences. Although venues may vary depending on a project’s specific developmental needs, the Lab will operate in conjunction with The Starving Artist, an artists’ collective located in Keene.

For more information, see the Either/Or Script Development Lab on Facebook and