By Erin Adair-Hodges
Now in its 10th year, the Words Afire Festival puts the spotlight on the work of student playwrights in UNM's MFA Dramatic Writing Program. The Directed Readings, held this Friday, Nov. 13, through Sunday, Nov. 15, allow the public to hear these pieces voiced for the first time. Here's the schedule of events, held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW). All readings are free, and three of the plays will be fully staged in April. For a synopsis of each play, got to theatre.unm.edu/waf.
A Fine Mess
Review by Erin Adair-Hodges
The Year of the Flood
The end of the world is very in right now. Along with zombies, apocalyptic tales are enjoying another heyday. But iconic Canadian poet and novelist Margaret Atwood isn’t a trend follower; her first foray into speculative fiction was 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Her newest book, The Year of the Flood, a companion book to her 2003 novel Oryx and Crake, explores the same late 21st-century dystopia as the earlier work.
Dracula, A Love Story
By Monica Schmitt
A 21st century version of the 19th century love story that continues to capture the imaginations of young and old alike.
24 Hour Comics Day
By Devin D. O'Leary
Create a 24 page comic book with fellow artists and comic book lovers.
Little Shop of Horrors
By Joshua Lee
Florist Seymour Krelborn discovers a demonic new breed of plant that has a taste for blood.
Quarantine: The Curse
By Joshua Lee
The Forrester Home for Girls is dedicated and is about to re-open in honor of the founder. However, something evil resides in the walls and it needs blood. Voted "Best Live Performance" by the Weekly Alibi readers three years in a row.
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