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Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7 PM

Dumke Blackbox Theatre, Westminster College

Join us for a public staged reading of  At the Bottom by Christopher Madsen, adapted from Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths, directed by Alexandra Harbold.

A flop house in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of a large city is home to a rag-tag group of people struggling to survive from one day to the next. When a mysterious stranger comes to live there, he brings hope to the hardscrabble lives of the residents.

Adapted from Russian playwright Maxim Gorky’s classic play The Lower Depths, At The Bottom shines a light on those living at the margins who are, almost literally, invisible to the rest of society. Reimagined for the 21st century, with elements of the fantastic, the play explores the tension between pessimism and hope and asks which is better, the truth, or the comforting lie?

Cast:
Rat: Sarah Shippobotham
The Professor: Jason Bowcutt
Clint: Darryl Stamp
Louis: Richard Scharine
Riley: Erika Ovuoba
Elizabeth: Erica Carvalho
Julia: Brenda Hattingh
Mateo: Bobby Cody
Valerie: Michelle Lynn Thompson
Lisa: Alexis Thomsen
Victor: Michael Scott Johnson