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MONDAY NIGHT DRAMAS

No reading on Nov 11th

Where All of It Is True and None of It Is Real by Arlene Malinowski, Resident Playwright

Whampo" is a TV Reality show described as “Survivor meets Big Brother meets Shark Tank meets Project Runway meets Hunger Games without the killing”. Hope formerly of NPR takes an internship to break into TV under the tutelage of director/producer Thom- (with a TH) who will do anything to make good TV. Four contestants are left to vie for the grand prize- (or could there be a plot twist?) Alliances are forged and broken for short term strategy and long term gain. Whampo is where lies and subterfuge are daily fare, everyone has something to hide and we are reminded that race is not a part of the show. Whampo is a exploration of what people are willing to lose in order to win. 

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