Going to the theatre is temporarily on pause, but that doesn’t mean enjoying live art has to stop. To bring a little light to the community, Outcry Theatre is presenting its first ever play reading at 7:30 p.m. May 30! The play, History or Why We Killed Mr. Pendleton, was written by Outcry co-founder Jason Johnson-Spinos. The Zoom-hosted reading will be streamed live to YouTube free of charge, and Outcry Theatre will be accepting donations to help it stay afloat during these difficult times.
History is about four very different high school seniors, who just want to finish out the year, when they get assigned to complete a group project for their history class. Their weekly assignments from the mysteriously absent Mr. Pendleton get stranger and stranger, and tensions rise within the group. The students must face old grudges, new crushes, explosive secrets and forgotten memories, before making a decision that will change all of their lives.
The cast for the reading includes Christopher Llewyn Ramirez, Bryce Lederer, Fallon Goldsmith and Adrianna Kellaway. Ramirez has previously appeared in The Four of Us for Outcry Theatre, and he is currently a member of the Dallas Theater Center’s Brierley Resident Acting Company. Lederer appeared in Outcry Theatre’s Bat Boy, My Name is Asher Lev and Spring’s Awakening, as well as numerous Outcry Youth Theatre productions. Goldsmith and Kellaway are both current students at Outcry Youth Theatre. Andy Stratton, who previously appeared in Outcry Theatre’s Bat Boy and Spring’s Awakening, will read the stage directions.
Johnson-Spinos has written or co-written a number of adaptations for Outcry Youth Theatre, including The Time Machine and The Legend of Arthur. He has also contributed to the Dallas One-Minute Play Festival since its inception.
This reading will be the first reading of the original play History or Why We Killed Mr. Pendleton. The reading will be followed by a talkback with the playwright and cast. Viewers will be able to ask questions through the YouTube Live Chat. Note: this play contains adult language.
The mission of Outcry Theatre is to draw youth and young adults to the theatre as both audience and participants. Outcry utilizes bold artistic vision, highly physical staging and an energetic and visceral performance style. With rigorous rehearsals, tenacious attention to detail and unwavering dedication to excellence, Outcry Theatre focuses on developing stellar performances and exceptional storytelling. Donate to Outcry by clicking the “Donate” button on the theatre’s Facebook page.
Until we can come together for live theatre once again, this is the perfect opportunity to support the performing arts!