Readings and Special Events

Readings and Special Events

General registration covers admission to all readings and special events. Non-registered members of the public can purchase individual tickets to readings for $10 / $5 students, and to Saturday's play, Through the Looking Glass Darkly, for $15 / $10 students. To learn more about the New Opera Workshop, go here.

All readings and special events take place in the Taylor Hall Studio Theater.

Thursday, July 20

7:30 – 8:15: The 3rd Annual Writing the Rockies Creative Writing Teaching Award Interview: TBA 

8:30 – 10:00: Readings: Sean Prentiss, Alice Quinn, Tyson Hausdoerffer, David Anthony Durham, Peter Anderson

10:00 – 11:00: Open Mic

Saturday, July 22

7:30 – 9:00: Through the Looking Glass Darkly, or Lewis Carroll and the Pursuit of Innocence. A staged reading. Written and Performed by Andrew Sellon.

Andrew Sellon as Lewis Carroll
150 years ago, Lewis Carroll published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and later its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There—two brilliant books that remain as unique, inspired, funny, and potent today as the day they were written. But who was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the man behind the Lewis Carroll pen name?  And who was Alice?  What was their relationship?  How did these two tales come about?  And what happened to Mr. Dodgson and Alice after the works found global fame? Performer-writer and Lewis Carroll expert Andrew Sellon gives you a rare and truly revealing private audience with the fascinating Mr. Dodgson in an intimate solo play that dispels the myths and lets you hear from the author and Alice in their own frank, funny, and frabjous words.

Andrew Sellon
Andrew Sellon teaches the second summer intensive for poetry students, "Performance Skills for Poets" in Western's Graduate Program in Creative Writing He holds an undergraduate degree in English from Harvard and an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His stage performances have been hailed by the New York Times and other newspapers across the country, and he taught acting for two years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His recent film and TV appearances include Begin AgainMamarosh, The SmurfsThe BlacklistThe Mysteries of Laura, The Good Fight, and HBO’s Divorce He is also an accomplished voiceover artist and audiobook narrator. He also has over twenty years of corporate sphere experience in training, facilitating, coaching, and public speaking.

After the performance, Andrew will lead a discussion about the play with the audience.

9:30 – 11:00: Open Mic

Sunday, July 23

7:30 – 9:00 Readings: Brian Calvert, Jodie Hollander, Valerie Lester, Mike Reiss

​The final event of the reading will be a staged-reading world premiere of It's All in the Execution, a short one-act play by Mike Reiss, performed by Andrew Sellon and Sam Robards.

9:00 – Whenever... Closing Bash: El Paraiso, 112 South Main Street, Gunnison. Vans to and from campus available.