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Edenfred/Overture/WI Arts Board award winner presents play at Overture Center, August 19, 2010

Madison - Feed the Bird, a comedy by playwright Marcia Jablonski, will be presented free of charge on August 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm at Overture Center for the Arts. The play explores the pet-culture in American society and the consequences of treating animals literally as ʻfamily members.ʼ It also explores how our identities are formed by opinions of others and the consequences that occur once the “cages” are opened.

The staged reading is the culmination of Ms. Jablonskiʼs 2010 New Work Development Award, which supports the creation of new, performance-based work by Wisconsin artists. This new annual award is a ground-breaking partnership between the Wisconsin Arts Board, Edenfred - the artist residency program of the Terry Family Foundation, and the Overture Center for the Arts. It includes a three-week August residency at Edenfred, work/rehearsal space at Overture Center, peer critiques and technical advice.

Peer advice has been provided by Gwen Rice (playwright), Jennifer Uphoff Gray (Forward Theater), Roseann Sheridan (Childrenʼs Theater of Madison) and John Frautschy (Overture Center for the Arts). Enthused about the residency, Jablonski said "It feels extremely validating to receive this award. Staying at Edenfred for three weeks allows me to put all my focus on the play and experiment with its direction. With the help of the peer evaluations I was able to see the script with a fresh perspective. To have the reading staged at Overture is a very exciting opportunity.”

Jablonski, who lives in Mineral Point, was recently awarded a 2010 Elizabeth George Fellowship. In 2008 she was a Wisconsin Wrights New Play award winner for her play The Front Steps, currently in production at the Alley Stage in Mineral Point, through August 12 (www.AlleyStage.com). For more information contact Overture Artist-in-Residence Program Coordinator Beth Racette at 608.258.4169 or Edenfred (www.edenfred.org) at 608.233.7702.