Thursday, September 29 | 7:30pm
PLAY READING | Freedom Hall (Robert N. Thompson Building)
“Tolkien” and the Playwright’s Process
The friendship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis was extraordinary, and extraordinarily complex - fertile theatrical ground, but not without its dramaturgical challenges. A professional cast will read selected scenes from this work-in-progress, then the playwright will invite conversation about the process of bringing this story to the stage. He will share particular discoveries emerging from his study of the extensive documentation of the lives of these two men, and discuss the myriad decisions involved in making art from history.
Ron Reed founded Pacific Theatre in 1984 after graduating from the California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Acting. The company has been nominated for over 100 Jessie Richardson awards in all artistic categories, and Reed himself has been nominated six times as an actor. He won an unprecedented Jessie in 2011 for Outstanding Artistic Achievement: Curation and Execution of an Outstanding Season of Theatre. The author of over a dozen plays with more than fifty full productions, Book of the Dragon won the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and Tent Meeting was nominated for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award and Edmonton’s Sterling Award. Ron taught acting at Trinity Western for 22 years, and from 2006-2010 was SAMC Theatre’s Artist in Residence.