Phoenix-born playwright Philip Dawkins doesnt believe in soul mates especially where his career is concerned. I know a lot of people say Oh, I write because I couldnt imagine doing something else. I can imagine doing a lot of other things, Dawkins quipped in a recent interview for Phoenix Theatre. But this is the thing I choose to do, because I think its one of the hardest and one of the most fun.
Dawkins play Reykjavik -- an anti-romcom about two peoples search for their other halves -- is part of the theatres annual Hormel New Works Festival, a series of inaugural staged readings kicking off on Monday, July 11.
Other selections include Rich Orloffs Tropical Heat, in which a preacher butts heads with a party girl and The Penis Eulogy, headhunter and author Daniel Cahills poignant exploration of a cancer victims sexless life. If thats not enough drama for you, theres also a 24-hour theatre project where volunteers craft an entire play from concept to staged reading in a single day.
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July 11-24, 2011