Ashland New Plays Festival presented a dramatic reading of Meridith Friedman’s I Can Go, the final installment of her powerful and touching trilogy about the Hoffman family, on Sunday, May 13, 2018. It was directed by Kyle Haden and starred Kate Berry, Cameron Davis, Eileen DeSandre, Paul Michael Garcia, Aurelia Grierson, Rex Young, and Román Zaragoza.
As always we are incredibly grateful for our amazing cast, crew, volunteers, and audience members. We love our community!
The special, one-night only performance marked the first public reading of I Can Go, calling to mind one of several parallels with Friedman’s ANPF 2015-winning play The Luckiest People: both had their first public readings with ANPF, both were directed by Kyle Haden, and in all three of ANPF’s readings of the trilogy’s installments, our original cast returned.
In addition, each play received thoughtful responses from our highly-engaged audiences during post-performance talkbacks.
“I couldn’t imagine a better setting for putting a new work out into the world,” said Friedman, “With a first-rate cast of actors who are truly committed to serving the play and an audience that responds with extremely smart, thoughtful, and constructive feedback.”
Friedman’s trilogy was commissioned by Denver’s Curious Theatre Company. I Can Go will receive its world premiere there in the future.
At ANPF, we are very pleased to be working with playwrights in helping them refine their work for full production. Thank you for supporting us in this effort!
ANPF Wraps Up Meridith Friedman Trilogy
“It’s funny. As a writer, I find I have to have a healthy dose of self-awareness and an equal dose of lack of awareness. Actors do the text work, examine their objectives, practice, and when they act, they trust it’ll show. I’m the opposite. When I write a scene, I let go and see what comes out on impulse. Then I go back and read it to see what I might be trying to say. I see what I’ve created and what lesson and moral emerge.”
I Can Go
By Meridith Friedman
Directed by Kyle Haden
Sunday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Main Stage Theatre, Southern Oregon University, 475 University Way
$20, tickets available online and at the door, subject to availability
The final installment of ANPF-2015 winning playwright Meridith Friedman’s powerful and touching trilogy about the Hoffman family. Friedman brings her saga to a poignant conclusion in this new play, which she will be developing with ANPF, during intense workshopping the week before the performance, along with director Kyle Haden, and the cast, including: Kate Berry, Cameron Davis, Eileen DeSandre, Paul Michael Garcia, Aurelia Grierson, Rex Young, and Román Zaragoza.
In I Can Go, we find Richard and David on the eve of their wedding weekend, fretting over succulent plant arrangements and seating lists. As their families descend to witness the impending nuptials, a secret hangs over the festivities that will drastically alter the trajectory of the couple’s future. The story is a tender look at how we find the good in goodbye.