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Test audience sought for scripted reading in Pequot Lakes

Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts and Pequot Lakes Community Theater often serve as critics for playwright Phil Olson.

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PEQUOT LAKES — Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts and Pequot Lakes Community Theater will hold a free event where participants can serve the part of a theater critic.

A scripted reading of "Love or Best Offer," by Phil Olson, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

Over the years, Pequot Lakes Community Theatre has done scripted readings of three Olson plays that were in development. He appreciates the feedback Pequot Lakes audiences supply during his writing process, so he requested the community's help once again with "Love or Best Offer."

Actors read the script and audience members are invited to give feedback in real time to the playwright on what they feel did and didn't work for the show. "Love or Best Offer" is a comedic love story set in modern times. Online dating goes haywire and love and friendships are challenged.

A Minnesota native, Olson currently lives in Los Angeles where he writes and produces plays. He has written 18 published plays that have had over 400 productions in seven countries around the world. Twelve of his plays are published by Samuel French/Concord Theatricals, including: "Birthday Club," "A Twisted Christmas Carol," "Mom's Gift," "Don't Hug Me," "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol," "A Don't Hug Me County Fair," "Don't Hug Me I'm Pregnant," "Don't Hug Me, We're Married," "Don't Hug Me, We're Family," "Polyester The Musical," "A Nice Family Gathering" and "A Nice Family Christmas."

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Questions about this reading may be directed to Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

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