The Excavation of Mary Anning

The Excavation of Mary Anning

by Ian August

directed by Pat Henderson

June 18 | 2018| @ 7p

A fanciful history of a truly remarkable woman.

WSRep LAB Staged Reading Series.
FREE Admission

19th-century fossil hunter Mary Anning moves to tear down a system desperate to keep her anonymous. 

featuring: Jeff Broitman, Baird Brutscher, Allison Rose Macknick, Cherish Parker, Sylvie Sadarnac, & Linsey Summers


Ian August (playwright) is a NJ based playwright and lyricist, whose works have been performed across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Australia, the UK, South Korea and Bermuda.  His full-length plays include: The Goldilocks Zone, (Passage Theatre Company), Donna Orbits the Moon (NJ Repertory Company, Utah Contemporary Theatre; Barbour Memorial Playwright Award, 2010), Missing Celia Rose (NYC Summer Play Festival; Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s “Playfest 2009″; Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society), Submitted by C. Randall McCloskey (2011 NY Intl. Fringe Festival), Natural History (2009 NY Intl. Fringe Festival),The Aisling (2009 Heiress Productions New Play Series Award), The Moor’s Son, Interviewese, The Excavation of Mary Anning, Displaced, and Cobbler.  Mr. August’s works have been published by Sam French Inc., The Pitkin Review, Smith and Kraus Publishing and the One-Act Play Depot.  Mr. August is a founding member of the Princeton-based Witherspoon Circle Playwrights Lab and is a graduate member of PlayPenn’s playwriting workshop, The Foundry.


Pat Henderson (Director) Most recently directed 3 One Acts (one a world premiere) for ON THE SPOT THEATRE COMPANY.   Director of LEDA for playwright Amy Crider’s full production. EPIC Theatre Company – director of a staged reading of THE AGONY AND ECSTACY OF STEVE JOBS.    WSRep previous credits:  Director:  RUNNING ON FIRE, MINE AND YOURS, THE TRUMP CARD – Lab Series Readings; THE AGONY AND ECSTACY OF STEVE JOBS – Main Stage. WSRep Stage Manager:  SWEENEY TODD, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, SHE LOVES ME and COMPANY.  Chicago Theatre: Director and Resident Set/Lighting Designer for THREE CAT PRODUCTIONS (Director of First Drafts and New Works Festival).  Resident Lighting Designer for ON THE SPOT THEATRE CO.  MAD KAP PRODUCTIONS (set designer).  Trinity High School: Theatre Director, Set and Lighting Designer and Teacher, River Forest, IL.  Trinity productions include:  AIDA, RADIUM GIRLS, THE AGONY AND ECSTACY OF STEVE JOBS, her own adaptation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, CINDERELLA and Mary Zimmerman’s ARGONAUTIKA.

Admission for all LAB Series readings is FREE!
Location: Raue Center For The Arts | 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014