Dear Stone Theater Company is proud to present the first installment of The Open Door Reading Series 2017, Jillian Leff’s (Non)Fiction. The reading will take place at Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W Bernice Ave, on Saturday April 29 at 2pm. A $5 suggested donation can be made at the door, but admission is free.
The play tells the story of Stephanie, an aspiring novelist who gets her big break with a novel inspired by her boyfriend Mike’s traumatic past in a religious cult. When Mike finally reads the manuscript the day before her press tour, Stephanie is faced with the reality of how her artistic choices might affect the lives of those closest to her and the possible conflict between her personal and career decisions.
(Non)Fiction examines questions of artistic ethics and relational limits. When does an artist have a right to a story? What single moment does it take to turn two peoples’ lives on their heads? Where is the line between fact and fiction? And Ultimately, who does the story belong to: the person who lived it or the person who shared it?
Directed by Dear Stone Ensemble Member Shawn Rodriguez
Heather Smith as Stephanie
Ian Gonzalez-Muentener as Mike
Erika Lebby as Emma
Noah Berman as Dan
Talia Langman as Janet