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Playwright-in-Residence Mike Geither Events April 29-May 1

Updated: Apr 7, 2022

(Photo Credits Ashley Dillon) Fall Literary Festival 2021 feature Mike Geither returns to Youngstown April 29-May1 as playwright-in-residence, with support from an Ohio Arts Council Arts Resiliency Grant and Rob Briggs & Alyssa Lenhoff Briggs. Mike's workshops, roundtable and performance will focus on many aspects of theater, and all are free and open to the public. No prior experience is necessary.

Mike Geither’s plays and solo performances have been staged in San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, New York and London. He is a four-time Ohio Arts Council fellow and has served as a resident artist at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito and as Playwright-in-Residence at Cleveland Public Theatre. Recent works include The Body is the Best (Zuppa Theatre, Halifax, 2022), Heirloom (convergence-continuum, 2019), and The Events of the Warren County Fair as Observed by a Young Astronaut (2016-19). He currently teaches in the NEOMFA at Cleveland State University.

Friday April 29

Talkback, People Along the Way, Youngstown Playhouse. Purchase tickets here.

On a day like no other, an Average Joe is given the unique opportunity to revisit his past to answer the question, “Were the good old days really the way we remember them?”and to uncover how people changed his life—for better or worse. Four actors portray 16 different characters as Joe discovers People Along the Way, a new play by Terry Shears.

Saturday April 30

1:30-3:00 Actors' masterclass on song performance, Youngstown Playhouse ($10 suggested donation). Register here.

3:00-5:00 Valley theater roundtable, Youngstown Playhouse, a conversation about the Mahoning Valley theater landscape. Register here.

7:00 stand-up performance The Body is the Best Hopewell Theatre A solo performance that explores the intersection of grief and laughter, how our hardest laughs are often created by our darkest experiences.

Sunday May 1

11:00-12:00 Workshop on writing and performing solo works, Hopewell Theatre. Register here.

1:00-2:45 Roundtable on producing an original works festival, Hopewell Theatre. (No registration necessary)

3:00-5:00 Playwriting workshop, Hopewell Theatre. Register here.

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