In choosing the last two works for our inaugural season, the other Broken Nose Theatre company members and I have agreed that our Spring production will be the world premiere of Beautiful Broken, a play written by none other than our own Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson. And in preparation for the slated run in March, Ben and Co. thought it best to stage two separate open-house readings of the play, in order to receive optimal audience feedback and solidify the script before 2013.

Included in the reading's cast are myself and fellow company member Leslie Ruettiger.

The first reading took place on November 18th at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center. The event received a good turnout, and was followed by a postshow discussion moderated by none other than yours truly. The patrons kind enough to stay for the Q & A highlighted their favorite moments of the play, while also generously pointing out dramatic beats that needed more emphasis, elaboration, and clarification.

The second reading, however, has yet to occur. On Saturday, December 8th, the cast, company, and I will be travelling to Holland, Michigan, Ben Brownson's hometown and "happy place." The reading will be hosted at Park Theatre; it will be preceded by a special musical performance by Sam Brownson (6:30 p.m.), begin at 7:30 p.m., and feature a postshow talkback moderated by Hope College's Michelle Bombe. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students. The event will be sponsored by Lemonjello's and Brownson Properties.

Please visit beautifulbroken.bpt.me for tickets and more info. Come out and support new work produced in a storefront theater.