On Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30pm the Commonweal is hosting a staged reading of Robert Schenkkan’s The Kentucky Cycle. This is one in a series of 5 plays we are reading this season to continue the celebrations surrounding Season 25 at the Commonweal. The readings honor our love of great plays and allow us to further connect with our community.
It is our hope that you will join us for the reading and that you will extend the invitation to your contact lists of individuals who share your commitment to and love of the region.
The Kentucky Cycle is a series of nine one-act plays that explores American mythology through the intertwined histories of three fictional families struggling over a portion of land in the Cumberland Plateau. The stories span 200 years of American history from 1775 to 1975.
We have chosen to read two of the nine episodes, Tall Tales and Fire in the Hole. The two stories focus on both land and mining right issues and hold a mirror up to our own situation, as we find ourselves caught between the land that we love and the mining companies bent on engaging in activity that will lead to its destruction.
Again, it is our hope that you will invite as many people as you can whom you feel would benefit from the power of these stories.