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RTP Announces Arachnothology (A Study of Spiders) by Kimberly Patterson

by Reading Theater Project

Pictured above: Kimberly Patterson, playwright.

The Reading Theater Project is pleased to announce the cast and performance details for Arachnothology (A Study of Spiders) by Kimberly Patterson, the final staged reading in the Play Reading Series: Wonder. The reading will take place on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m., at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts’ Boscov Theatre, 200 Washington St., Reading. Free parking is available behind the building. More information and tickets are available on our website (readingtheaterproject.org) or by calling 484-706-9719.

Andrea Kennedy Hart directs Patterson’s play, which is a theatrical study of spiders in written language: Arachne to Spider-Gwen. Arachnothology tracks the evolution of spiders through mythology, folklore, nursery rhymes, popular culture, and science to weave a tapestry about identity and choice—and whether or not it’s possible to start over.

The cast features Aileen Lynch McCulloch as THE SPIDER WOMAN, Karyn Reppert as AUNT NANCY / ATHENA, Vicki Haller Graff as ARACHNE / CHARLOTTE, Walidah McKnight as GWEN, and Maggie Smedley as MISS MUFFET. Sandi Trait will read stage directions, and Lady Strongman will facilitate a talkback with the playwright and cast after the reading.

Our Play Reading Series this spring will connect to the season’s theme of “Wonder” and will feature four plays by local and regional playwrights. Each is performed as a staged reading followed by a facilitated talkback with the playwright, director, and actors.

Like our other productions, the Play Reading Series will follow the Pay What You Will Model: an audience member can choose their own price for a ticket, including $0. The recommended price is $10, and we encourage those who are able to pay the $20 Pay It Forward price. This ticket pricing model is part of our Theater For All initiative to make theater more accessible to all audiences. Our season is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, administered through Berks Arts, EnerSys, and M&T Bank.

The Reading Theater Project is a locally-focused theater company based in Reading/Berks County, PA. We value collaboration and creative challenges and believe theater is an inclusive experience that can reveal our shared human condition. For more information, visit readingtheaterproject.org or call 484-706-9719.

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