Promo: My short play ‘Imperfections’ to be part of One Night Stand Theater’s ‘Voices for Change’ April 12

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One Night Stand Theater will present ‘Voices of Change,’ a collection of short plays and a short story “featuring today’s explosive social issues torn from the headlines yet as close as your own front door.”

My comedy “Imperfections” is one of seven pieces that were selected.

The performance will be Sunday, April 12, 7 p.m. at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora, CO 80010 (1/2 block south of Colfax in Old Downtown Aurora.)

One Night Stand Theater explores the dramatic and comedic worlds of today’s social issues when “Voices for Change: Tales of Social Strife and Injustice” takes the stage on Sunday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Vintage Theater in Aurora.

This one-night-only production features readings and performances of plays and stories that confront violence, racism, social inequality, global warming and more:

  • A memorial for a school shooting hosts a strange and tragic visitor in “Holy Martyr” by Marianne Page.
  • An enthusiastic couple visits Build a Baby Corp. to genetically engineer their first child in “Imperfections” by Patrick Dorn.
  • A downtown panhandler runs into an old buddy with a new life in Cody Sanford’s “Et Tu, Brute.”
  • A hardened racist trades prison time for an unusual new rehabilitation program in “Walkin’ the Mile” by Wayne Faust.
  • A father has a life-and-death talk with his adopted black son in “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem” by Patrick Gabridge.
  • Global warming kicks off a roommate intervention in “An Inconvenient Date” by Peter Nemenoff.
  • Prejudice and complacency lead to tragedy on a Milwaukee street in “Delivered” by Jeffrey Neuman.

These stories are performed by actors Logan Custer, Andrew Dus, Adrian Hart, Scott Hasbrouck, Chris Hayes, Kristin Honiotes, Mark Ogle, Maria Ortiz, Sonsharae Tull and Kathi Wood. The directors are Lorraine Scott, Cindy Hall, Kristin Honiotes and Brenda Hoskins.

“While many of the plays and stories performed in our previous One Night Stand evenings dealt with these and other important issues, this is the first time we’ve devoted an entire evening to these themes,” says James O’Leary, One Night Stand Theater’s artistic director. “We’ve been able to put together an evening of both intense drama and lighthearted comedy. The writers of these short plays and stories have a lot to say about our world, and each speaks in a distinct and original voice.”

One Night Stand Theater is a Denver-area theater group that presents one-night-only evenings of theatrical staged readings, each with its own theme. Past performances have featured old-time radio, folk tales, Shakespeare, and plays about romance, war, and dysfunctional families.

“Voices for Change” performs on Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Vintage Theatre, located at 1468 Dayton St., one half-block south of Colfax Avenue in Old Downtown Aurora. Tickets are $10 and the show is recommended for mature audiences (for adult language). To make reservations, e-mail tickets@onenightstandtheater.org or phone 303-725-4959. More information is available at www.onenightstandtheater.org.

Here’s the bio I wrote especially for this production:

Baby Patrick DornPATRICK DORN (IMPERFECTIONS)
In the 1940s and 50s, without any support from the scientific community or government funding, Patrick Dorn’s parents conducted a series of genetic experiments involving the combination of chromosomal pairs through in utero fertilization. After countless attempts over fifteen years, only six procedures produced an outcome. Despite Offspring Number Five’s (AKA Patrick’s) patently superior intelligence and good looks, a subsequent attempt to duplicate the successful pairing produced disappointing results. They then gave up and chose adoption. Patrick likes laughing more than crying. He has occasionally been observed doing both at the same time, though curiously, never during a Chekhov play. One Night Stand Theatre previously staged his “Zombie Family Picnic,” to gastronomical audience response.

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