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WHAT:  Reading of Eli Effinger-Weintraub’s Para Bellum WHEN:  Monday, May 11th at 7PM WHERE:  The Warren Artist Habitat
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SYNOPSIS:  It's 1985.  After five years struggling to survive the early days of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, Howie and his boyfriend Kjell return to their small and small-minded hometown for a family funeral.  But instead of mourners and black crepe, Howie and Kjell are confronted with alternate realities, glitches in space-time, and the microscopic interdimensional invaders who've hitched a ride on HIV.  Kjell's mother Sigrid and cousin Maggie claim HIV-positive Howie may be humanity's last hope, but Howie doesn't much like humanity.  How can they expect him to save the world when he's not sure the world's worth saving? ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:  Eli Effinger-Weintraub is a playwright and prosaist celebrating the magical in the mundane.  Gadfly Theatre Productions premiered her play GIRL GUMSHOE & DETECTIVE DAD in October 2014; she is a many-time writer for Theatre Unbound's 24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown; and her short plays have appeared in festivals around the country.  Her prose publications, fiction and nonfiction, run the gamut from Steampunk Tales and Electric Velocipede to Alyson Books, Seal Press, and Llewellyn Worldwide.  Eli lives in Minneapolis with her wife and frequent inspiration, visual and fiber artist Leora Effinger-Weintraub. The reading is directed by our Artistic Director of the Greenhouse Project, Bethany Hummel, and features the talents of Ryan Bergman, Meagan Kedrowski, Lauren Wills, and Paul Rutledge.  There will be a discussion of the play with the playwright, Eli Effinger-Weintraub, immediately following the reading, moderated by our playwright in residence, Matthew A. Everett.
September's reading of Conlan Carter's The Fractal Pattern - Pictured: Matthew A. Everett, Steven Lewer, Briana Patnode, Michael Renner, Bethany Simmons, Kristina Rodby, Bethany Hummel
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