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Aurora: A Free Public Reading

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Aurora: A Free Public Reading

August 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

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TCR’s annual Underground New Play Festival will feature a year-long workshopping of Rob Merritt’s Aurora (a follow-up to The Summerland Project), starting with a free public script reading and facilitated feedback session in the Grandon Studio on Sunday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. The Linge Lounge will be open that night starting at 6:00 p.m..

The reading of Aurora will feature Angela Billman returning to the role of Amelia Summerland, which she originally played in both the TCR auditorium production and in the film version, which starred Ed Begley Jr., Eddie Jemison (“Ocean’s 11”) and Kate Vernon (“Battlestar Galactica”).

She will be joined at Sunday’s reading by veterans of the 2011 and 2013 TCR productions, including Matthew James, Marty Norton, Nathan Nelson, and Tierra Plowden, as well as familiar TCR faces including Akwi Nji, Jessica Link, Joe Link, Tad Paulson, and Noel VanDenBosch. Both the reading and the 2019 production will be directed by Rachel Korach Howell.

The event and session following the reading will be facilitated by Cavan Hallman, the New Work Development Consultant for this year’s Underground Festival.

Aurora will be publicly workshopped at various points throughout the year before headlining the August 2019 Underground New Play Festival.

After its appearance in the Underground New Play Festival, The Summerland Project went on to be produced on the TCR 2013 season. From there, it has been produced by other theaters around the country and was adapted into a film, “Amelia 2.0,” in 2013.