Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon and his True Colors Theatre Company are gearing up for the “Annual Spring Play Reading Series” beginning Tuesday, June 6 through Friday, June 9 at the Southwest Arts Center.

The event is FREE and open to the public and features readings of works by professional actors before a live audience. According to the press release, the audience’s reaction for each show will help the company determine whether they will keep it for an upcoming season.  This year’s readings include Shoe, Noms de Guerre, Sender and The First Noel, which will be directed by TV, film and stage actress—Jasmine Guy.

Check out the full schedule below and click here to RSVP!

6/6 @ 7 PM: Shoe by Marisela Orta | Directed by Anthony Rodriguez

Marta had given up on life and future beyond her rural Texas mobile home in order to take care and provide for her family, mainly her manipulative mother. No one in her family ever left their home town or their mother’s reach. An unexpected gift of a computer opens a new world for Marta and the outside world, including a relationship. To complicate matters, Lleane her younger sister will do anything to escape their mother’s grasp -even at the cost of her relationship with her sister.

6/7 @ 7 PM: Noms de Guerre by Jacqueline E. Lawton | Directed by David de Vries

Noms de Guerre is a haunting, lyrical and passionate story of friendship, love, war, and politics Within Noms de Guerre we find a socio-political drama that addresses the ever-changing role of women and the damaging impact of PTSD on veterans and their family. Mira is a rising star political star, but her campaign puts her at odds with her best friend, Jude, an award-winning journalist. At home, Mira struggles to run a campaign for Governor and help her war hero husband, Douglas, adjust to civilian life. With a whirlwind of political intrigue Mira must decide whether to hold on to her career or save her husband.

6/8 @ 7 PM: Sender by Ike Holter | Directed by Melissa Foulger

It’s summertime in Chicago. A year after the supposed death, a man returns to his former life: alive, well and new perspective on what went wrong. An upfront miracle turns into everyone’s life upside down including former his former girlfriend. A new perspective on growing up and what it means or if it’s even desired in this day and age?

6/9 @ 7 PM: The First Noel by Lelund Thompson and Jason Michael Webb | Directed by Jasmine Guy and Musical Direction by Keith Williams

Set in 1980’s Harlem, The First Noel is a musical that follows three generations of a family forever changed by the tragic loss of a loved one, when an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. It is a story about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmas time. Music includes a reimaging of the traditional holiday favorites in both Gospel and Pop styles.

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