Play 'New American Century' to be read

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Local playwright Peter Ullian's work "New American Century" will be read at the New Work Reading Series at the Beacon Theater on June 1 and June 3.

The series offers a venue for playwrights to have their works read by actors and for audiences to hear new plays. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. June 1 and 3 p.m. June 3.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door. Reservations are not required.

"New American Century" is an imaginative look at the behind-the-scenes work of a coup attempted against Hugo Chavez in 2002. It revolves around main character Steve Rogers, who is employed by the Central Intelligence Agency. He is assigned to Venezuela to help with the coup, leaving behind his pregnant wife, Sarah.

At home, Sarah is experiencing schizophrenic hallucinations and tries to hide her mental illness from her husband. Her best friend, Trinidad Ibez, is falling in love with Steve, and Commander Marcos Prez Kronen has feelings for Sarah.

Ullian has won awards from the Kennedy Center, the Gilman Golzalez-Foundation and the Jewish Plays Project. Two of his productions have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and his fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies. His works include "Signs of Life: A Tale of Terezin," "Flight of the Lawnchair Man," "Eliot Ness in Cleveland" and "Hester Street Hideaway." His works have been directed by Harold Prince, David Esbjornson, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Jeremy Dobrish.

The Beacon Theater is a 1930s art deco theater located in Beacon. It shows comedy and concerts, performing arts classes and other art events. It is owned and operated by 4th Wall Productions, who has presented live performances in the Hudson Valley since 1994. The theater is located at 445 Main St. and can be contacted at 845-226-8099.

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