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Katrina victimsNovember 2nd at 7:30 in the Odess Theatre: the premiere reading of the 2013 winner of the Ruby Lloyd Apsey National Play Search!  The play is Gutting, by Jeremy J. Kamps -- a poetic tragedy about people struggling to rebuild their lives in the devastated remains of New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.  Theatre senior Markeitra Gilliam will direct the reading.

Jeremy KampsFor the past 25 years, Theatre UAB’s Apsey Play Search has sought new and original full-length plays that confront racial or ethnic issues, especially those calling for ethnically diverse and/or multi-racial casting. The Apsey Award offers a $1,000 prize plus a staged reading and audience talk-back at Theatre UAB and the possibility of a fully mounted production.

Kamps, a New York-based playwright most recently known for his play What It Means to Disappear Here, is a New York University Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing master of fine arts graduate. He has been a finalist or semi-finalist for The Lark, Woodward International Playwriting Contest, and the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference. In 2011, his play Water Hyacinth received awards from the NYU Festival of New Works and the Hudson Valley Writers Center. In addition to his work as a writer, Kamps also is a youth educator who has taught and worked in the United States, Latin America and East Africa

Kamps will attend the staged reading of the play at Theatre UAB, and will participate in an audience talk-back after the reading.  The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Theatre and Apsey Play Search Chair Lee Shackleford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .