Red Mountain Theatre Company is proud to announce the inaugural Human Rights New Works Festival, March 15-18 at the RMTC Cabaret Theatre. This four-day event will feature a variety of dramatic staged readings of new works, panel discussions, a full production of a curated piece, and talkback sessions. In its essence, the festival is a conversation and a celebration of what unites us all-our humanity.
For Alie B. Gorrie, this is a homecoming for the young, New York City-based actress and Mountain Brook native who grew up training with Red Mountain Theatre Company as well as later performing in RMTC productions. “I am so happy to be back at RMTC working on a show that has made such an impact on me. Since moving to NYC three years ago, I have spent most of my time working on new theatre. It is such a gift to get to come home and work on something new and fresh,” stated Gorrie.
Gorrie will be participating in the reading of Sam’s Room, a pop concert dramedy that follows Sam, a teenager in 1998 with nonverbal special needs, on his path to find a way to communicate. Shifting between cruel reality and pop star fantasy, Sam’s Room powerfully reveals the universal struggle with communication by giving a voice to someone who’s never had one. “We get a glimpse into the mind of a teenager who is wildly creative, witty, and openhearted. He experiences the rollercoaster of teenage emotions just like everyone else, but the audience gets to hear Sam. By understanding him, we can go out into the world and have a deeper sense of compassion to those like him,” described Gorrie.
Gorrie will be playing multiple roles in the reading, but predominantly Sally, the kindhearted and supportive student aid for Sam. She has been conducting research in order to truly understand the situation of the character. Gorrie said, “My brother works with adults that have special needs, so he has been a great resource for me. I have also been watching documentaries to truly get into the mind of Sam. When I saw Sam’s Room in New York, I realized how much it affected me and I want to honor the story as best as I can.”
When it came to the big picture of the Human Rights New Works Festival, Gorrie reflected, “The festival gives the community an inside look at new theatre. It’s incredible that a theatre in Alabama gets to host new writers and bring their work to life in a mission-driven way. The festival is a great opportunity to induce all kinds of social change. I think people are nervous to talk about their feelings about social issues. Theatre allows these issues to be expressed in a dynamic way. By seeing these shows, maybe more members of our community can navigate through their feelings about the world and the people in it in a new way.” RMTC invites the public to an event that will surely be engaging, enlightening, and life-changing.
RMTC Cabaret Theatre
Saturday, March 17 at 8:30 PM
Book by Dale Sampson with Trey Coates-Mitchell
Music & Lyrics by Caitlin Bell, Marc Campbell and Dale Sampson
Tickets for individual readings are $10 each or you can purchase a Readings Pass for $20. Tickets for Alabama Story are $15. For more information, visit RMTChumanrights.org.