Olathe Civic Theatre Association will hold a full-length staged reading of ADOPTION OF GRIEF by Jessie Salsbury, winner of the second annual New Works Playwright Competition.
Directed by Jo Bledsoe Collins, the workshopped production will feature Denise Saylor (Amanda), Peter Leondedis (Ronald), Rochelle Petway (Myreen), Ted Collins (Ward), Yasmeen Wilcox (Desiree), Sheridan Mirador (Chad), and Jeannie Blau (Stage Directions).
Speaking about her work in ADOPTION OF GRIEF, Salsbury explains that all her plays purposely have women protagonists, but this one deals with interracial adoption. Drawn to the competition through her friend, and last year’s winner, Michelle Tyrene Johnson, Salsbury says, “My son asked questions about his history, so I took those what-ifs, and tensions around interracial adoption, and built a story.”
Continues Salsbury, “Playwriting is this magical thing where you write the drafts by yourself, but you absolutely cannot finish it without help. Questions the actors, director, and audience ask, or their reactions, help the play build to the next draft. Theatre is an art that you can NEVER do alone, which is why it’s my favorite art form.”
The New Works Playwright Competition Winner Workshop production of ADOPTION OF GRIEF runs July 13th and 14th with a Saturday night post-show talkback with Jessie Salsbury, hosted by Kansas City playwright David Hanson. For more information visit olathetheatre.org.