PRESS RELEASE: The free reading of AMERIKIN at Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake Acting Company  News Release

PRESS CONTACT: CYNTHIA FLEMING | 801.363.7522 | [email protected]

September 19, 2017

For Immediate Release


Salt Lake Acting Company Presents

New Play Sounding Series Free Reading


By Chisa Hutchinson

Monday, September 25 @ 7pm


Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC)’s New Play Sounding Series will present a free reading of AMERIKIN, a new play by Chisa Hutchinson on Monday, September 25 @ 7pm.


Set in Sharpsburg, MD, AMERIKIN delves into the dark realities of white supremacy in America. The story follows Jeff Browning, a new father who gets an unsettling surprise after taking an ancestry test as part of his initiation into a white supremacist group.


Playwright Chisa Hutchinson, a Newark native, became affiliated with SLAC this season with her play SURELY GOONESS AND MERCY running now in the Chapel Theatre. During her time in Salt Lake City, SLAC assembled a creative team to work on her new play, AMERIKIN. With the script still in development, Hutchinson gained valuable insights about the characters during a rehearsal with local director Adrianne Moore and local actors Daisy Blake, Nicholas Dunn, Jacob Johnson, Kathryn Mungin, Matthew Sincell, Darryl Stamp, and Cassandra Stokes-Wylie. SLAC looks forward to sharing this new script with its savvy new play audience, who will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback in a post-play discussion.


SLAC’s New Play Sounding Series (NPSS) is made possible through the generous support of the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation. Now entering its 23rd season, the NPSS creates a constructive, low risk arena for artists to navigate the challenges that come with writing and developing new plays. Through the NPSS, SLAC has provided professional resources for the artistic development of more than 90 new plays. Recognizing the importance of not only reading and developing new scripts, but seeing them through to full production, SLAC has ensured that over 50 percent of the plays read in the NPSS have gone on to be fully produced as part of SLAC's regular season, published for the professional market, and/or moved on to other regional theatres in Utah and around the country.


SLAC is grateful to the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation for their support of the New Play Sounding Series.





Chisa Hutchinson’s socially probing plays, which include SHE LIKE GIRLS, SEX ON SUNDAY, THE SUBJECT, DEAD & BREATHING, and SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER among others, have been presented by such venues as City Parks' Summerstage, the Lark, the National Black Theater, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Atlantic Theater Company. She's won a GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Lanford Wilson Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship. She’s also been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts a New York NeoFuturist, a staff writer for the Blue Man Group, a Humanitas Fellow, and most recently, Resident Playwright at Second Stage Theater. In addition to venturing into screenwriting, Chisa is currently a proud fourth-year year member of New Dramatists and a Creative Writing Professor at the University of Delaware. (B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU - Tisch School of the Arts)



Salt Lake Acting Company



New Play Sounding Series Reading of


By Chisa Hutchinson



Monday, September 25 @ 7pm

Doors open at 6:30pm

Free and open to the public

General seating – first come, first served



Salt Lake Acting Company – Chapel Theatre

168 West 500 North

Salt Lake City, Utah 84103



Salt Lake Acting Company

168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84103

Box Office: 801-363-7522

Open 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon – Fri




Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC)’s mission is to engage and enrich community through brave contemporary theatre. Founded in 1970, SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre dedicated to producing, commissioning, and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a SPT Actors Equity Association contract and is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group (a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres), and the National New Play Network (a national alliance of non-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays)




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