Stages of Brief

Never underestimate the power of a playwright’s imagination. Absurdist author Arthur Adamov was inspired by dreams, while a grungy dumpster-diver stoked the creative fires for modern writer Jessica Hagedorn.

Fledgling local playwright Maxx Carlisle-King’s The Emerald Lounge’s Rihannon grew out of a game he played when he was a child. “I used to set up my grandparents’ kitchen and living room to be the Emerald Lounge,” says the now-teenage performer. “Esmerelda, the nightclub’s owner, would serve the food… I would do all sorts of songs.”

Carlisle-King, as his drag persona Rihannon, will present the one-act play as part of Soul Invictus’ Summer of Soul #2, opening at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 13. The event also features Vermont playwright Ray Charles’ Wellington Café, a comedy that finds five people musing on life and love while sipping shakes.

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 13. Continues through July 28, 2012


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