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Vicinity/Memoryall: Christine Deavel & J.W. Marshall on Playwriting

November 4 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Christine Deavel and J.W. Marshall are known as the founders, in 1995, of Open Books, the poetry-only bookstore in Wallingford. They’re also known for poetry collections, Woodnote (winner of the Washington State Book Award) and Meaning a Cloud (winner of the Field Poetry Prize), respectively. And they’re known for their many years of vivacious activity in poetry performance, publication, and retail.

This afternoon, they will read from and discuss Vicinity/Memoryall, a full-length play they co-wrote, which was recently published by Entre Ríos Books. They’ve been enamored with theater for years, reading plays and attending performances, and plan to read from their work and plays by others that have affected them. They’ll talk about playwriting, collaborating, and the joys of theatrics. Questions from the audience will be welcomed.

Vicinity/Memorial follows two characters, Del and Lee, in their search for a memorial to an act of violence that had an explosive cultural impact on their city, a quest that finds them negotiating rapidly changing urban and interpersonal landscapes. They share the stage with Clare, whose somewhat offbeat personal stories become intertwined with their search. At its core, the play investigates the power and purpose of memorials for individuals and the culture at large.


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