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Eats Shoots and Ladders

Honors Playwriting Thesis

The Swarthmore College Department of Theater presents:

A Staged Reading of Eats Shoots and Ladders by M. Sam Goodman '10
Fri-Sat, January 29-30, 2010 at 8 pm
Frear Ensemble Theatre
Lang Performing Arts Center

Set in the cities and surreal expanses of the human imagination, Eats Shoots and Ladders is the comic travelogue of two adventurers charting a course through the absurdities and pitfalls of romance and the clichés of the romantic comedy. The two heroes narrate their way in and out of love as the world flies by behind them.

This staged reading is the final production of the Honors Playwriting Thesis of M. Sam Goodman '10. Eats Shoots and Ladders is directed by guest artist Rebecca Wright. The production features Glenn Stott '12, Sirkka Natti '11, Nell Bang-Jensen '11, and Nick Allred '13. The dramaturg for Eats Shoots and Ladders is Adriano Shaplin, a Visiting Instructor of Playwriting in the Department of Theater. The production also features sound design by Daniel Perelstein '09. The faculty advisor is Erin B. Mee.

M. Sam Goodman '10 is an Honors Theater Major and an Honors English Minor. At Swarthmore he has acted in Sarah Ruhl's The Melancholy Play, Gao Xingjian's The Other Shore, Joyce Carol Oates' Tone Clusters, and Aeschylus's The Libation Bearers. He has directed Rindecella and Friends and Tennessee Williams' I Rise in Flame, Cried the Phoenix. This spring he directs Federico Garcia Lorca's Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) as his Honors Directing Thesis, which will be performed April 16-18. Eats Shoots and Ladders is his first full-length play.

Rebecca Wright is a Philadelphia-based director and dramaturg. Her directing credits include Hold Please with Eternal Spiral Project, Larry Loebell's The Ballad of John Wesley Reed, 2008 and 2009 Young Voices for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and The War Party at InterAct Theatre Company. She holds an MA in Performance and Culture from the University of London. She is the literary director and resident dramaturg at InterAct.

The readings are free and open to the public without advance reservations. For more information contact Liza Clark at or call(610) 328-8260.