Historic barn becomes a theater this week

By August 9, 2011

Barnyard Theatre will present a festival of new plays through Friday at the historic Schmeiser barn, 35125 County Road 31 west of Davis.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the actors of the company will workshop and present a dramatic reading of a new full-length play, directed by Jennifer Provenza.

A weeklong intensive workshop with Megan Brown, author of “Psyche,” will culminate in a dramatic reading of the play at 7 p.m. Thursday. Directed by Emily Henderson, it is the story of a young poet who wastes away in an attic coaxing poetry from his muse, the immortal Psyche.

The festival will end with a production of “Nahar,” by John Johnson, at 8 p.m. Friday. Barnyard will go from dirt to design to production of the play in a week, with the cast rehearsing with the director and playwright while the tech crew works to transform the working barn into a theatrical space.

The production is directed by Provenza, designed by Ian Wallace and Steven Schmidt, and stars Maddy Ryen, Cami Beaumont, Josh van Eyken, Bruce Wallace and Sean Olivares.

Complimentary refreshments will be available at the festival. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 Wednesday and Thursday and a suggested donation of $10 for “Nahar.”

For more information, visit http://www.barnyardtheatre.org.

Enterprise staff

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