World premiere of original play to debut on Dylan Days stage in Hibbing

Also in today’s paper edition of the Hibbing Daily Tribune is a special tab commemorating Dylan Days, one of my many side ventures. It’s a nice collector’s piece and a good guide to this year’s set of arts and entertainment events for Dylan Days in Hibbing, May 21-24. Pick up a copy wherever newspapers are sold in the greater Hibbing/Chisholm/Nashwauk/Keewatin metropolitan area.

Meantime, below is a press release for our opening night’s Literary Showcase event, which also includes a reading by yours truly for my book “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range” and the winners of the Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest. This comes from Mike Ricci, my friend and the outgoing director of the Hibbing Community College Theater:

The 2009 Dylan Days One-Act Play contest winner will be given a world premiere production on the HCC Theatre stage for two performances only: Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m., as part of the annual Dylan Days Literary Night event, and an encore performance on Saturday, May 23 at 3:30 p.m. Thursday’s show is by admission with a Dylan Days button ($5), and Saturdays encore performance is a fundraiser for HCC Theatre. Admission is $5 at the door.

The winning play is entitled ‘Blur in the Rear View’ by Aleks Merilo of Palo Alto, California. The play was selected from over 80 entries from all over the world in this years contest. This is an intriguing drama of two men in love with the same woman, and how their pasts catch up to them. Nothing is as it seems, and the dreams of their youth have to make way for the realities of a life of compromise and lost opportunities. The cast features Pat Zollar and Jason Scorich, both of whom have acted in numerous roles on the HCC Theatre stage, and newcomer Mariah Anderson, who acted in many productions while a student at St. Scholastica. This play will mark my final production on the HCC Theatre stage, and I hope that you can make it down to the theatre to catch it this week.

Additional Dylan Days items will be posted throughout the week. I’ll try to sprinkle in other material too for those who are more into Prince, warped souls though you may be. In truth I’m settling into a Johnny Cash state of mind as I get older.

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