Hoyt Hilsman’s Radio Drama Readings Tackle Big Issues Like Gun Control, Abortion and Gay Rights the Weekend Before the Election – Pasadena Weekendr
“Political Rights and Wrongs” is a series of one-act plays that will be produced this weekend Saturday and Sunday at Parson’s Nose Theater (PNT).
Series writer, TNP resident playwright, and political figure Hoyt Hilsman (also a Pasadenan resident) said he was inspired by political events around the country.
“I’ve been inspired by a lot of things that have happened politically in our country, and the upcoming midterm elections. I’ve found personally that I don’t like to sit in front of the TV and yell at it. I feel like it’s good to get up and do something about it. And in my case, since I’m a writer, I wanted to write about some issues. So I decided to write to them. topic in both a serious and fun way because people need humor these days,” Hilsman said.
The serious issues Hilsman refers to are abortion, gun control and gay rights. “Political Rights and Wrongs” will feature three short plays of approximately 10 minutes each on the three serious issues.
The first show will take place on Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m. and the second show will take place on Sunday, November 6 at 3 p.m.
The weekend readings will include the premiere of “Oh These Trumps,” a comedy about the Trump family.
“I’ve always been interested in the Trump family and everything that happened before and after he (Donald Trump) got elected. And so I wrote a comedy about the Trumps and that’s probably something something that big Trump fans won’t like, but I think a lot of people will have a laugh or two about it.
“If we’re just sitting in front of a TV or on the internet not communicating with others about our views and even disagreeing, if we can’t do that, then we’re going to be kind of stuck in our own bubbles. So I think how great it is for Pasadenese and people from all over the area to come out and share an evening of theater and talk a bit about what they saw on stage and their concerns.
According to Hilman, the first half of the performance would be quite serious because the pieces would deal with serious issues, but the second half would be “very funny”.
For tickets to upcoming radio readings, visit: https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/parsonsnose/1475/event/1296378
Since the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020, theater companies, including PNT, have been challenged like never before. The pandemic has prompted PNT to be more flexible when it comes to deciding how audiences can enjoy its shows.
In addition to offering live performances, it now offers podcasts of its shows for free theater and radio plays, where actors would stand up in front of microphones and perform.
“It’s a little more affordable. Audiences appreciate it, and it’s just a great format to enjoy a play,” Hilman said of radio theater readings.
A “Political Rights and Wrongs” podcast will soon be released, joining more than 50 other podcasts of PNT plays. It will be accessible to all for free on iTunes, Spotify and on parsonsnose.org.
Founded in 2000 by Lance Davis, along with his wife Mary, PNT’s mission is to make classic theater and storytelling more accessible.
Since its founding, the classic comic theater company has performed plays written by Shakespeare and Western literature’s most revered writers, including Molière, Goldoni, Shaw, Hans Andersen, Belasco, Boucicault, among others.