Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett to Present ALBATROSS at Cafe Bohemia, 4/13
When Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett read "Albatross," their adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's masterpiece, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, at Café Bohemia on Sunday, April 13, two milestones converge.
The very foundation of Café Bohemia "to introduce audiences to work at their inception," said Arizona Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director Stephen Wrentmore, and
The opportunity to stay engaged in the process as it moves "from a conversation among three people in a bar talking about adapting classics and about Coleridge to how a play gets created and where it goes from here," Wrentmore said.
Spangler, who authored one of ATC's greatest hits, "The Kite Runner," which is experiencing great success in the United Kingdom, and Evett, who worked with Wrentmore on "Freud's Last Session," will present their play at 7 p.m. at Arizona Latino Arts and Culture, 147 E. Adams St. A $5 admission is recommended at the door.
After hearing about the concept for the play, former ATC Board Chair Mike Seiden commissioned Spangler to write it.
"Its arrival at Café Bohemia is a logical progression from where it started, when there were no words on paper to share, to bringing all the interested parties to Tucson to make it and share it," Wrentmore said.
Currently in its third season, Café Bohemia was founded by Wrentmore and is curated with ATC Literary Associate Katherine Monberg. Now in Tucson and Phoenix, each monthly play reading is made possible with support from Providence Service Corp., the NEA and the kind support of Emerson and Peggy Knowles.
Plays previously showcased at Café Bohemia have gone on to numerous successful productions: Michael Mejias's Ghetto Babylon, which also was awarded ATC's 2012 National Latino Playwriting Award, received its world premiere at off-Broadway's 59E59; Steve Holiday's award-winning Savage Bond was produced by Beowulf Alley Theatre Company in Tucson in fall 2013; Kill Shakespeare by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery has been performed in New York, Chicago, Seattle, California and Dubai; Used to Was (Maybe Did) by Brian Dykstra has had further development work at the Lark Play Development Center, NYC; and The Color of Stars by Dwayne Hartford was produced and toured across Arizona by Childsplay.