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 actor Nick Crawford, it is a return to Red Mountain Theatre Company after last year’s RMTC production of The Green Book. “I love working at RMTC. I always feel like I am challenged to grow as an actor and most importantly as a storyteller,” claimed Crawford.
Crawford will be participating in the reading Everything That’s Beautiful by playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. The story involves revolves around Luke and his wife Jess deciding to allow their 8-year-old child, a biological boy, to live as a girl and relocate in order to give the family a clean start. Luke takes a job at the local waterpark, where he meets Gaby, the girl in the mermaid tank. With money tight, Jess starts working at a local coffee shop where she meets Will. Luke and Jess each become seduced by the escape that both relationships provide, leaving their marriage strained. But when an accident threatens to expose the secret about Morgan, tensions run high. Luke finally admits the real reason they moved, a confession that could potentially destroy their family. Faced with losing his child and his family, Luke must decide what’s worth fighting for.
“It’s a great story with relatable characters,” explained Crawford. “I’m excited to be a part of this reading because I really think this is a special work. I believe that the issues within this work are timely and not often explored beyond the occasional mention at the dinner table. These are real struggles faced by real people. This is when theatre is at its most potent.”
The festival offers an opportunity for playwrights and the audience to hear these developing works for the first time. More than that, it also creates a dialogue between the playwright and the audience with a talkback session for the audience to ask questions about the work. RMTC’s hope is to continue a relationship with the writers long after the festival. RMTC invites the public to an event that will surely be engaging, enlightening, and life changing.
Tickets for individual readings are $10 each or you can purchase a Festival Pass for $20. Tickets for Alabama Story start at $15. For more information, visit RMTChumanrights.org.
Everything That’s Beautiful
RMTC Cabaret Theatre
Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 PM
By Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder
Tickets for individual readings are $10 each or you can purchase a Readings Pass for $20. Tickets for Alabama Story start at $15. For more information, visit RMTChumanrights.org.