In the Raw
The Gospel Singer by C.S. Wyatt
Sunday and Monday, May 19 and 20; 7pm
Reservations are accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, the date of the performance, and how many seats you would like to reserve.
About the Play
Religion is a drag! Isaac Dumont has achieved a cult following performing as "Ruthie" in The Eden Club, a local jazz haven where his partner, a mechanic by trade, serves as the emcee. But Isaac's true desire is to sing the gospel music dearest to his heart -- a dream that rankles his religious community as much as his professional one. Set in 1987 and based on real events, The Gospel Singer bounces between communities all seeking spirituality in very different ways.
About the Playwright
C. S. Wyatt was born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley, near Sequoia National Park. His roots were humble, especially the early years living in the “Smoke Tree Mobile Estates.”
By second grade, Wyatt knew he wanted to be a writer. He soon was writing plays and staging puppet productions. Moving to Los Angeles to attend college, Wyatt discovered that the “big city” was as racially and culturally divided as his rural home. The Los Angeles riots destroyed much of the neighborhood around his apartment. After returning to his native Central Valley, Wyatt followed a meandering path through teaching, small business ownership, corporate life, and back to education. It was a long and winding road, with lots of potholes and detours. Rough roads might build character, but they also damage suspension systems. Having endured too many summer days above 110F, Wyatt and his wife, Susan, traded hot summers for harsh winters. They each earned graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Writing Studies. Wyatt earned a doctorate in Rhetoric, specializing in instructional technology and students with cognitive challenges. He also learned that -‐20F with wind chill is much worse than 110F. Today, Wyatt and his wife live in Western Pennsylvania. The weather is ideal and the scenery is beautiful. There is no place they’d rather be.
About In the Raw Festival
Expanded from Bricolage’s ongoing In the Raw series, this year’s 5-week festival format will give three local playwrights the opportunity to work closely with a dramaturg to revise, explore, and solidify a new work. Each of the selected three plays will receive a week-long workshop with a director, a dramaturg, and professional actors. The workshop will culminate in public readings at Bricolage Theater in downtown Pittsburgh, followed by audience response sessions. Join us as we celebrate emerging work and our local theater community!
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 7:00pm
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 7:00pm