AMELIA Kicks Off The Davenport Theatrical Developmental Reading Series

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Broadway and Off-Broadway producer Ken Davenport (author of the popular blog, www.TheProducersPerspective.com) will present THE DAVENPORT THEATRICAL DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES, four readings of new works (plays and/or musicals) beginning Monday, March 15th at a theater to be announced.

Davenport explains, "It amazes me how many passionate writers there are out in the world. Everyday, scripts are submitted to my office from hopeful writers who have committed their idea to paper, and now want to share it with as many people as possible. I have been brainstorming all year on how to thank everyone for their submissions and thank them for their passion for the process of creating theater. After much deliberation, I decided that what writers really want, even more than money, is to have their work performed in front of an audience. So, I'm starting THE DAVENPORT THEATRICAL DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES to do just that."

Davenport Theatrical Enterprises will pay all expenses for each of the four readings, will help find a director if needed, assist with casting and dramaturgy, and coordinate all reservations. In addition, they will send out a press announcement and prepare a post-show quantitative and qualitative audience survey. Information regarding submissions for the three remaining reading slots in the series can be found at www.davenporttheatrical.com.

The readings will take place at 8 PM on the following dates:
Monday, March 15th
Monday, June 14th
Monday, September 13th
Monday, December 13th

The first selection in THE DAVENPORT THEATRICAL DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES on March 15th will be Alex Webb's Amelia, a Civil War romance in which two performers embody separated lovers - and a diverse wider society.

Alex Webb wrote and directed, Hove (The Wind), with Olympia Dukakis, which was an official selection at the Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Boston and Montreal World Film Festivals (www.hovethewind.com). He is the recipient of a Panavision New Filmmaker Award. His first film, The Girl in 2C, received a silver medal at WorldFest - The Houston Int'l Film Festival and was also seen at the acclaimed Clermont-Ferrand Festival in France. His script, Welcome to L.A., was awarded Honorable Mention in the Cinequest screenplay competition. Alex was a company member of the critically acclaimed Aquila Theatre Company for many years where he played a diversity of roles from Zeus to Lady Bracknell and collaborated on the script for A Very Naughty Greek Play, an adaptation of Aristophanes' The Wasps. Alex has been seen as an actor in many feature films notably Prime with Meryl Streep, Tailspin with Michael Murphy and Boiler Room with Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck. He had a recurring role on NBC's "Homicide" as well as on HBO's "OZ". On stage in New York, Alex has performed at Carnegie Hall, Joe's Pub, CSC, The Public Theatre, and the Culture Project. Regionally, he has appeared at Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, St. Louis Rep and the Kennedy Center.

Recently hailed as the "P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway" by The New York Times for his unique 21st century marketing strategies, Ken Davenport is becoming widely recognized as one of the most innovative theatre producers today. Ken's visionary tech-savvy was also recently featured on a national commercial for Apple's iPhone and he was named one of Crain's "Forty Under 40" in 2008 as a result of his fresh ideas and unprecedented success. Ken's impressive Broadway and Off-Broadway production slate includes Oleanna, Speed the Plow, You're Welcome America, Blithe Spirit, Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time. Ken's current projects include adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical and a documentary film about Red Wanting Blue-one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. He is the founder of www.BroadwaySpace.com, Broadway's #1 social networking website, and he writes the popular blog, The Producer's Perspective (www.TheProducersPerspective.com) which has been featured in New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Gawker, The Gothamist, and more.

For more information, visit www.davenporttheatrical.com.



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