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‘Phyro-Giants’ explores restaurant intimacy


WHO: Miners Foundry and Sierra Stages presents Theater By the Book “Phyro-Giants!”

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 18 Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

TICKETS: $10 Suggested Donation Tickets are available online at

http://www.minersfoundry.org" target="_blank">Text">http://www.minersfoundry.org, by phone at (530) 265-5040 or in person at the

Miners Foundry, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.

“Phyro-Giants!” written by Michael Blieden and directed by T.E. Wolfe, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community, presented by the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Sierra Stages.

Michael Blieden’s “Phyro-Giants!” explores the phenomenon of restaurant intimacy — that strange sense of comfort and honesty experienced at a dinner with acquaintances who, for one night, become a person’s closest confidants. Wine flows, desserts are shared and four loosely connected individuals share their hopes, dreams, fears, fantasies and secrets in this modern day fable told in real time.

Funny, poignant and graphically honest — no relationship is left unexamined. Love, hate, marriage, infidelity, romance, pornography, the supernatural, education and ignorance are all given equal time in this late night hilarious comedy.

The play runs 70 minutes straight with no intermission.

“I must confess that I wrote this play, in part, to reach people who usually hate plays,” playwright Michael Blieden said. “These people, and even people who love plays, are often relieved when they can leave the theater after an hour, then go on to the second part of their evening, be that dinner, drinks, or the type of long and involved post-show conversation that ‘Phyro-Giants!’ usually inspires.”

The Theater By The Book series has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for both theater buffs looking to get their mid-season fix and new audiences interested in learning more about theater.

The readings do not require a set, costumes, or any of the normal trappings of a full production instead the audience can focus on the richness of the story.

It also allows the theater group to try out new material on audiences.

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