Stage and Screen actors presenting staged readings Oct. 27-28

Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen will present staged readings of “The Amazing Always,” London-based playwright Ross Howard’s newest play, as part of the school’s Niggli New Works Reading Series.

The free readings are set for 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, at WCU’s Niggli Theatre. During a staged reading, members of the cast read directly from the script without costumes, and stage directions also are read aloud from the script.

Howard’s work has been produced widely in the U.S. and United Kingdom, said Jayme McGhan, director of the School of Stage and Screen, who will direct the reading. “‘The Amazing Always’ is a dark and intimate family epic around the intrigue and the occult of NFL football in the United States,” McGhan said. “When you are in the game of ‘America’s Game’ and your family owns a team, you already have a golden ticket to one of the nation’s most exclusive clubs. But, through three generations, the Always have been a house divided.”

Named in honor of the late WCU playwright, novelist and theatre professor Josefina Niggli, the series is dedicated to advancing new plays and musicals for the American stage. “This is a unique opportunity for the performance students in the School of Stage and Screen to work on a new piece of theatre with a professional writer in residence,” McGhan said.

For more information, contact the School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491.