Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Shake Rag Alley campus surrounded by gardens and historic buildings as local musicians The Firesides provide entertainment before strolling to the Lind Pavilion at 1 pm for a staged-reading of Cassandra’s Gift, by playwright Jan Levine Thal, about a pandemic in the time of authoritarianism.
The play takes place about 100 years from now. Fifty years earlier, arts, technology and goodwill flourished. But, a corrupt worldwide government came to power that outlawed many arts and sciences. Advances were lost, as greed and superstition dominated. Now the whole world is an endless city. An airborne virus is killing the poor, while the rich seem immune. A cure existed but its inventor was assassinated and the formula lost. Or was it?
The cast includes Madison actors Anne Blust, Christen Cook, Juli Johnson, Tom Kastle, Paul Lorentz, Matt Reines, Peggy Rosin, Bryan Royston, Sarah Whelan, and Martha White.
Jan Levine Thal is a mother, a writer, a theater activist. Jan has written three full-length plays that have been produced and a passel of shorter ones. She co-founded the Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre in Madison, which fosters work written and directed by women. Though now retired from 11 years as artistic director of that company, she continues to support its work. Learn more: janlevinethal.com
Purchase a Picnic Lunch available for pick up on the Shake Rag Alley campus at noon by clicking here or bring your own.