Local playwright stages reading at CB&T tonight

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 27, 2014 

Natalia Naman Temesgen

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As Artbeat 2014 heads into its final days, Columbus native (and Ledger-Enquirer columnist) Natalia Naman Temesgen will stage a reading of her play, "The Old Ship of Zion" tonight.

"I've been developing this play for the last five years and it is finally coming into its crescendo in the very city that inspired it, Columbus, Georgia," Temesgen said.

The play dates back to 2007, when Temesgen wrote a draft of it as part of her senior thesis at Princeton University, according to its website. Since, it has been workshopped at at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City and the Boston Center for the Arts.

"Old Ship of Zion" follows the apparent last days of a local congregation, according to a release: "As the community prepares for what may be their final service, their faith is tested. Is it too much to pray for a revival?"

The cast includes Lorenzo Battle, Tamara Curry, Carolyn Gilford, Jessica Nicole Hill, Jonathan S.E. Perkins and more.

The reading is free, but RSVPs are encouraged — email oldshipincolga@gmail.com. There are 100 seats available.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. at CB&T's Blanchard Hall downtown, with the reading at 7 p.m. A brief "talkback" with Temesgen will follow.

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