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13th reading in our FORUM Soundings Series January 6, 2013 at 7pm

Mark is a philosophy professor whose specialty is altruism, or the notion that people don’t always act exclusively in their own self-interest. His friend Ben, a much more pragmatic fellow, sets out to prove that he can convince the most well-meaning person to give up their convictions and act from their most selfish motives. 

Bob Clyman’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theatres, such as the Alley Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, George Street Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Colony Studio Theatre in Los Angeles, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and L.A. Theatre Works, in addition to touring Scotland.  His play SECRET ORDER was initially commissioned and produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre under the auspices of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  It was subsequently produced at 59E59 Theatre in New York, where it was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics Award for the best script in 2008, and has since been produced at many regional theatres.  His play TRANCED, has been produced by San Jose Repertory Theatre and Laguna Playhouse, where it received an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award in 2008. 

His most recent play, THE EXCEPTIONALS, also received an Edgerton Award and was produced in 2010 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre.  It will be produced at the Contemporary American Theatre Conference in the summer of 2012 and was nominated by The Independent Reviewers of  New England for both Best Play and Best New Play of 2012.  Four of his earlier plays were produced at the Circle Rep Lab in New York. He has been awarded a number of national prizes, including a Eugene O’Neill Summer Conference Fellowship, Geraldine Dodge Fellowship, New Jersey State Arts Council Award, Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, Berilla-Kerr Foundation Award, Djerassi Foundation Fellowship, Shenandoah Valley Playwrights Fellowship, Playwrights First Award and Theater in the Works Fellowship.

Clyman is a New Jersey based writer.

This reading will be begin at 7:00pm and will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dreyfuss Theatre, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. Click here for directions. Click here for a printable map of the campus (the Dreyfuss Theatre is located in Building 9).

Check out our 5 Question interview with Bob.

Directed by James Glossman

Mark - Brian Argotsinger*
Sarah - Carol Todd*
Ben - Eli Ganias*
Evan - Anthony Blaha*

*Members Actors' Equity Assocation

Bob Clyman

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