new play reading
written by Hank Bunker
directed by Christopher Hoffman
cast: Joshua Bitton, Casey Dunn, Jan Munroe, Shannon Holt, Joel Swetow
Sunday, February 12th 7:00pm
1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles 90027
IN-Konversation talk with the writer follows immediately after to help develop the work further.
SYNOPSIS: Serving 14 years in the Marine Corps as a Casualty Notification Officer, Curtis P. Kirkwood suffers acute PTSD, for which he’s undergoing treatment in an unnamed Midwestern town. He takes a room in a house with Ben and Myra, an older couple who run a farm. Ben seems to be in the early stages of dementia, alternately coherent and disoriented. He is haunted by the presence of his deceased son, Victor, who died many years ago the age of six, and feels a strong pull from Victor to join him in death.
Ben abruptly moves into the shed out back and refuses to come out. He takes his shotgun. Myra appeals to Curt to bring her husband out of the shed, his despair, and back to safety. Ben’s retreat presents Curt with an opportunity to redeem the burden of guilt he carries for having delivered so much tragic news. He enters the shed. It’s a journey that carries him straight into death, where he must confront the temptation of his own self-destruction.
Told in a fluid, nonlinear style, Shed is a tragi-comic story delineating the state of mind where life and death can feel like the same thing.
WRITER, Hank Bunker is a playwright and actor living in Los Angeles. His plays have been produced across the U.S. and include The Interview, originally produced at Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, where it received a Garland Award from Backstage West. Other plays include Futon Dialogues and All Saints’ Day, which also premiered at NOTE, the latter winning Backstage West and Dramalogue theater awards. He is a co-founding member of the acclaimed Los Angeles theater company Oxblood, which originally produced his baseball noir, The Noon of Games. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Los Angeles Under the Influence (Doublewide Press) Fever Dreams (Padua Press), and I Might Be the Person You Are Talking To (Padua Press). It may also occassionally be heard at Library Girl in Santa Monica, and appears online in Swans Commentary and Labletter, among other literary journals. His commentary and long-form journalism have appeared in the LA Weekly and Calabasas magazine. As a performer he has appeared in numerous plays, including new work by John Steppling, Neena Beeber, and Murray Mednick, receiving a Best Actor nomination from the LA Weekly for his performance in Mednick’s Taxes.
DIRECTOR, CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN is originally from Evanston, Illinois, Christopher is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinema and Television, and a veteran of the play department at NYC’s Public Theatre. His New York theatre credits include, “Solo Allegro Cappuccino” by Gia Forakis, “Chapter of Faults” by Joe Pintauro and the award winning “Awaiting the Lark” in which he played Bobby Sands. On tour, Christopher has played both Mercutio and Tybalt (in alternating performances), as well as Zach in “A Chorus Line”. In Los Angeles, Christopher has directed two TV pilots (one which he co-wrote), and the short film “Furious George”. His TV credits include David Milch’s “Luck”, “Southland”, “Better Off Ted”, “The Unit”, “Mental”, “Nip/Tuck”, “The West Wing” and as the recurring, casually racist white guy, on “Everybody Hates Chris”. From 2009 to today, Christopher has worked with Skylight Theatre Company as an actor, production stage manager and director.
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