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Purgatory and the Old Wild West at Playreaders

By Henry Vermillion

Suppose you had a dream: You’ve been a long time in a bare waiting room. There are only you and a dour receptionist, who is continuously typing. You notice that there is no exit door. The only reading material is an out-of-date US News and World Report. After a long wait, you finally ask the receptionist if, by chance, you are dead. “Yes,” she says. “Is this Heaven?” “No.” “Is this Hell?” “No.” “Then this must be some sort of purgatory?” “Yes, something like that.” She tells you that you must spend 822 years there. And after she provides this information, the rules don’t allow her to speak again.

Purgatory and the Old Wild West
By Playreaders
Tue, Wed, and Thu, Jan 19, 20, and 21, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
Cardo 6

This is the opening of Waiting, a short play by the brilliant Ethan Coen (he of the Coen Brothers filmmakers). It is half of the twin bill scheduled for Playreaders on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Jan 19, 20, and 21, at St. Paul’s Church on Cardo 6.

The second play is Sundance, a simple sort of allegory of the old West, which, besides being very funny, has some pungent things to say (in a short space) about human nature. It was written in the 1970’s by M.Z. Ribalow, a well-known writer, poet, and producer who died in 2012.

The evening is directed by Henry Vermillion. Lights and sound are by Arlen and Caden Koontz, and the actors include Lola Smith, David Johannson, and an all-star cast.

Theater doors open at 7pm. Seating is limited. The plays begin at 7:30, unless the house is full; in that case, the plays begin earlier. Admission is only 20 pesos.


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