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Upcoming LAB Series stage reading features a trial of good and evil at Raue Center for the Arts

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Williams Street Rep Lab Series presents a trial of good and evil with “Suffer a Witch” by playwright Donna Latham.

The staged reading series will take place on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, and admission is free!

Independent, tart-tongued, and unorthodox, herbalist-healer Grace sticks out like a witch’s teat in a God-fearing community. When the court orders a trial by water, Grace is dunked into the waters of Lynnhaven River.

Will Grace sink or float? Is she innocent or guilty?

WSRep’s LAB Series is dedicated to showcasing new scripts and emerging playwrights, giving the audience an artist’s perspective of the play on the page and bringing audiences and theater artists together to share and discuss a wide range of exciting new work.

Latham’s plays have been produced coast to coast and in Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, and Indonesia. And We Will Share the Sky was a Kennedy Center Regional Finalist for the David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award and recipient of the National Theatre for Young Audiences Playwriting Award.

Grievances and Whirligigs was part of the Biscuit Tin Reading Series in Belfast and had readings at No Shame Athens in Georgia and the EstroGenius Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source. A Midnight Clear: The Christmas Truce of 1914 was a semi-finalist, Dionysus Cup Festival of New Plays, Polarity Ensemble Theatre Company, Chicago. The Haunted Widow Lincoln was a semi-finalist for the Playwrights First Award and the Vittum Prize.

Latham’s plays are licensed with several publishers and are included in The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015 and 2016’s Best Ten-Minute Plays anthologies.
Latham is a resident playwright at Rising Sun Performance Company in NYC and a proud member of the Dramatist Guild.

Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014, www.rauecenter.org, 815-356-9212

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