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Staged Reading Of THE WATER DREAM With Alers, Lurie et al. Set For May 16-17

A staged reading of the new musical THE WATER DREAM, with music and lyrics by Shawn Cody will be presented st Shelter Studios on May 16 and 17 at 8pm.

The reading will feature Mark Weekes, Karmine Alers, Roger Stewart, Joelle Lurie, Adam Kern, Doug Chapman, Erik Lochtefeld, Robert Walsh, Robert Najarian, Darcie Bender and Shawn Cody. David B. Jaffe will direct with Alexandra Bassett acting as associate director. In addition Emily Otto will be the musical director and Bill Barclay will be the arranger.

THE WATER DREAM tells the story of Cole Whalebone, a critical writer of mythological archetypes (a la Carl Jung or Joseph Campbell) who evolves into the author of his own original mythology (a la J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rowling.) After Cole's love--Sofia--has left him, figures from the personal tragedy of his childhood manifest themselves as mythic archetypes in Cole's imagination, often represented by giant puppetry. It is through this metaphorical quest that Cole discovers his chance for catharsis in his waking life.

Shawn Cody is the winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Award in Playwriting.

This reading is open to the public, to reserve seats email with your name, and the number of seats required.

Shelter Studios is located at 244 West 54th Street.

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