Jamul Haven, a fine arts focused Bed and Breakfast (www.jamulhaven.com) is hosting a series of play readings. Admission
is free, and refreshments are provided. Readings are open to everyone who is involved in the theater, or who enjoys the
theater. Playwright submissions, actors interested in reading, and others interested in attending should send an email to:
Readings are held on the first Saturday of the month, starting at 4:30 PM. Readers should show up at 4:15 PM to receive
their script copies and to receive brief instructions from the sponsor about reading their parts. Audience members should
show up at 4:30, and the readings will start promptly at 5:15 PM. Late arrivals will not be seated. A light dinner is served
between 4:30 and 5:15. Plays will normally be read without intermission, and there will be a moderated discussion following
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5 March: Besides, you lose your soul or the History of Western Civilization, by
Julia Lee Barclay
“Besides, you lose your soul” is the last line of an interview of a U.S. Army officer in a New
Yorker article about the inefficiencies of the use of torture for gathering accurate
information. Besides, you lose your soul, attempts (with the humor that results from certain
failure) to search through the remnants of Western Civilization in order to find out who's to
blame for the creation of the individual soul (that can apparently be lost or recovered) which
can lead to those we do not recognize being branded soul-less. It's a bumbling cut-up
detective story searching for clues as to how to get out of this mess. ‘This mess’ meaning
the use of God v. Godless (soul v. soul-less) to justify the ruthless realpolitik of all the unholy
Holy Wars (on Terror, on the Godless Infidels, on the Axis of Evil, on women’s bodies, etc.).
We will fail of course, but perhaps we will stumble onto something in the course of our
struggling that can open up a door to...not sure where really.
Julia Lee Barclay is a writer and director originally from New York City now living in London.
She has had her work published, produced and been given awards and fellowships
internationally. She is the founding Artistic Director of Apocryphal Theatre, which has been
running exploratory theatre labs and producing shows since 2004. Along with writing and
directing, she also teaches workshops in the techniques created in her labs in New York and
London. Apocryphal Theatre’s production of Besides, you lose your soul…premiered at
Camden People’s Theatre (CPT) in London in February 2009.
***** This play is one selected from William Roetzheim's anthology "Regional Best 2011."
The author will not be present at the reading.