WHAT: Reading of Christine Kallman’s A Falling OutWHEN: Monday, April 13th at 7PM WHERE: The Warren Artist HabitatSYNOPSIS: A Falling Out tells the story of a 1962 small town Iowa family that is split apart by differences over the military, war, and nuclear weapons during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Each character has a mouthpiece of sorts. The question is, how will they use it? Through Phil’s outrageously stereotyped puppets and wacky TV interviews, Elma’s chatty and “patriotic” newspaper column, and Rochelle’s risky actions at a peace rally turned violent, they delve into World War II heroism, Nazi terror, and the horror of the Hiroshima bombing. The play magnifies questions of ethics, racism, loyalty, and patriotism as the Dooley family makes difficult choices during this kinetic time straddling the fierce patriotism of post-WWII America and the imminent cultural revolution. In August of 2015 we will mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Christine Kallman is a playwright, lyricist, poet and musician. Much of her work for stage treats crisis points in community, often within an historical context. Six of her full-length plays have received support from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, three of these for full production. Kallman has served as director, teacher and playwright for the Young People’s Theater Workshop in Northfield, Minnesota for nine seasons. She is a member of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.
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