Wyoming Arts Council

Wyoming Arts Summit to Feature Free Staged Reading of World Premiere Play

Designed as a professional development conference for artists, arts advocates, administrators, and educators, the Wyoming Arts Summit will also play host to a number of events that are free and open to the public, including a staged reading of a world premiere play at the Historic Atlas Theater on Fri., Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Located at 211 West Lincolnway, the Historic Atlas Theater will have a credit/cash bar available beginning at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.

The Wyoming Arts Council, in partnership with Relative Theatrics, has commissioned a full-length play for theatre that celebrates 150 years of Women’s Suffrage, with Wyoming being the first state to give women the right to vote. The piece is contemporary in nature and focuses on playwright Leean Kim Torske’s vision around ideas such as women’s rights, movements against oppression, and justice building. The staged reading at the Historic Atlas Theater will be the world premier of the play, with full production scheduled as part of the Relative Theatrics following season and the goal of touring the piece around Wyoming in future years.

Leean Kim Torske is a Chicago-based, Wyoming-at-heart playwright, dramaturg, discussion facilitator and writing instructor from Casper, Wyo. She earned her MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University and her MA in Literary Studies from the University of Wyoming. Her play “Pity Party” is featured in Smith & Kraus’s anthology, “105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance.” Torske was inaugural director and designer of the Russ Tutterow Fellowship at Chicago Dramatists. She is currently the Associate Publicist at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she has facilitated post-show discussions for over seven years. Torske is thrilled to be working with Relative Theatrics and the Wyoming Arts Council on a new play inspired by Wyoming’s Women’s Suffrage history.

This event is sponsored by the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players and Relative Theatrics.

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