If the chillier-than-usual winter doldrums are taking their toll on your creative side, maybe it's time to take the old imagination for a much-needed spin. HomeGrown Theatre's upcoming reading of the script for Smoke—an adaptation by locals Stephen Heleker and Cody Gittings of the Alan Heathcock short story written—promises to tune and grease your creative mechanism, providing a taste of the film sans screen and requiring the audience's imaginations to supply the imagery.
Smoke is the latest installment in Homegrown Theatre's monthly BLiP reading and workshop series. Local writers of performance art are invited for a small-scale production of their work without props, costumes or set. Local actors will flesh out Smoke's script and after each reading, artists chat it up with the audience. Later, writers Heleker and Gittings will receive a sound drubbing--in the form of constructive criticism, of course—from the audience during an open workshop.
Smoke is one of the short stories found in Volt, the award-winning debut collection by Boise author Heathcock. In it, a young boy and his father dispose of the body of a man the father killed. A tale of sin and redemption, generational inheritance, violence and overcoming tragedy, this adaptation of Smoke promises to transport its audience in true Heathcock style to a much darker and drearier world than even a frigid Boise winter can offer.