Last night we launched our new play reading series Whistler Wednesdays with Vladimir Zelevinsky’s A Brief History of the Soviet Union. The series consists of five evenings of free theatre of local playwright’s work. During last Spring myself and other Whistler company members read over seventy plays of which we chose four full length and six ten minute pieces, the later making up our January series. I then spent the end of the summer into the fall contacting directors and actors and putting together a wonderful mix of old and new friends to join us in bringing the scripts we chose to life this season.
I cannot think of a better way to have kicked off Whistler Wednesdays than last night. Our audience was filled with friends and walk-ins off the street. I met Vladimir for the first time after months of back and forth e-mails and was delighted to find that he is as interesting and vibrant in person as he comes across in his work as a playwright. Our four actors Steve Barkhimer, Stacy Fischer, Doug Cochrane and Andrew Dufresne were lovely. Bridget O’Leary, who directed A Brief History… probably doesn’t realize that she also helped me in the producer role by being a patience guinea pig of many e-mails and questions I had coming from someone who has never produced anything on this scale to someone who runs successful programs like this as a daily part of her life. So thank you Bridget!
Thank you to all who came out and supported us last night. I got into my car last night feeling confident that Whistler Wednesdays is going to be a success and something that continues into future seasons. And if you didn’t make it out last night, check out our schedule for the remainder of the series. We’d love to have you in the audience!