October to May 2010-2011

7 May 2011 — ABSINTHE
By Joe Musso
Directed by Barbara Waldinger

New Orleans, July 1900. The unlikely friendship of a blind white woman and the former slave who attends her is threatened by the racism of her brother and by rioting in the streets.

Joe Musso lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his beautiful wife Kate and his six dogs. They also have a home in the French Quarter in New Orleans. His full-length play Absinthe, is set in New Orleans in1900. In 2010, n.u.f.a.n. ensemble presented a staged reading of Absinthe in Chicago, Illinois, and in 2009, Penobscot Theatre presented a staged reading of the play as part of its 3rd Annual Northern Writes New Play Festival in Bangor, Maine. It was also a semi-finalist in Reverie Productions' 2009 New Generation Playwriting Contest and a semi-finalist in The National Arts Club's 2008-09 Playwrights First Competition.
In 2010, Joe's full-length farce Republic County was produced by Third Eye Theatre in Portland, OR., and by Euphoria Productions in Chicago, Ill. His other full length plays have received staged readings across the country: White Horse Theater in NYC; Sands Theater Center in Deland, Fl.; Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, Ca.; Theatre in the Square in Marietta, GA.; Pensacola Little Theatre's Studio 400; Amarillo Repertory Theatre in; Nicu's Spoon Theatre in NYC; Rep Stage in Columbia, MD; Inside Out Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.; Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon; New Jersey Repertory; and Penobscot Theatre in Bangor, ME.
His full-length plays have also won numerous awards. Blood Water (semi-finalist, 2008 Stanley Drama Award); Roma and Voodoo Today Here Now 5 (Honorable Mention,Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s  2008 New Plays Festival); White Pearl in Red Dragon’s Mouth (Honorable Mention, 3rd Annual John Gassner New Play Festival); Electra Orleans (finalist,15th Annual Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival); Republic County (runner-up, Babes With Blades Theatre 2005 Joining Sword and Pen Playwriting Competition); and Everything He Wanted (semi-finalist, 2003 Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award Competition.
His short plays have been produced in NY, CA, AL, GA, OH, FL, MA, DE, WV, RI, and Canada.
His short plays for high school actors have been presented in 26 states and in Canada and the Ukraine. Four of his short plays for high school actors are published by Heuer Publishing and four by Brooklyn Publishers.

This event is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Twin Counties Cultural Fund in Columbia County by the Columbia County Council on the Arts.
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