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Rubicon Theatre Company Presents Free Play Readings

Ventura – Members of the public are invited to attend free readings of two new plays-in-development at Rubicon Theatre Company on June 8, 9 and 15 as part of Rubicon’s continuing Plays-in-Progress series. A new psychological thriller, Edgar Allen Poe’s Flawless Murder by Gary W. Marion will be read Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m., co-produced with Michael Jackowitz and Witz-End Productions. Mary Marie, a new family musical with book by Chana Wise and music by composer Carl Johnson will take place on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. (in association with the Academy of New Musical Theatre in North Hollywood).

Edgar Allen Poe’s Flawless Murder explores the bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Poe, which have mystified scholars and historians. This fascinating psychological thriller is full of breathtaking turns and shocking surprises. Edgar Allen Poe’s Flawless Murder  contains strong language and sexual content and is recommended for mature audiences.

Set just after World War I, Mary Marie follows a bright and free-spirited young woman who is surprisingly philosophical about her parents’ divorce. In the process of being shuttled between them, she discovers the experience is not nearly as exciting as she anticipated and she grows confused about romance, friendship, and her own identity.

Each play receives an initial reading, which is followed by a talkback with audience members. The playwright then edits and refines the material and the work is read a second time. The Plays-in-Progress program offers an opportunity for audiences to participate in the process of new play development. Audience members hear readings, watch actors tackle roles, meet the playwrights, and provide feedback on various aspects of the script. All readings take place at Rubicon Theatre located at 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. There is no charge to attend readings, but seats are reserved and subject to availability at the time of request. Advance reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat for any show, contact Rubicon Theatre Box Office at (805) 667-2900 or visit us at

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