Alley Stage Reading Series: This Is Government

Sat, Sept 16, 2023

Schedule: 4-7pm

Instructor: Nina Kissinger

Registration Deadline: Sept 15

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Enjoy Saturday afternoons at Shake Rag Alley for our third staged-reading series, presenting original plays in progress on our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage.

Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading is an important way a playwrights can get valuable feedback from an audience (you!) and determine what their next steps are with the script. Following the reading by local cast members, stay for the talkback session and reception on the Art Cafe patio featuring live music, complimentary nibbles and a cash bar.

About This Is Government: After a bomb threat places all congressional buildings on lockdown, three summer interns find themselves stuck in the one place no one has ever wanted to work overtime: the U.S. government. As the crisis unfolds and their snack supply runs out, they question what power, if any, they have in this increasingly unstable system. This new dark comedy grapples with the real-time consequences of political disarray.

Nina Kissinger is a playwright originally from San Francisco and now based in Chicago. Her short play The Exit Interview was a winner of Vertigo Production’s 2022 10-Minute Play Festival and the Over Our Head Players’ 2023 Snowdance 10-Minute Comedy Festival. Her full-length work, This Is Government, was a winner of the 2022 Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt and Julie Marie Myatt.

Seats available 50

Tickets $5

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

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While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging one year from the date of cancellation.

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Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund or transferable gift certificate.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

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