Dane Peterson’s ‘Primogeniture’ gets reading in Birmingham

Stage manager Judy Jones posted this photo from the reading on Facebook. (Used with permission)

Dane Peterson, theater director at Indian Springs School and a veteran Birmingham actor, director, this week debuted “Primogeniture,” a new play he wrote, with a reading at a space on Southside.

The play sprung out of his work toward an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

“My studies have taken me down many paths as I applied my established theater maker practice by asking questions of myself and society,” Peterson says.

One of those paths was an exploration of grief, which brought him to “Primogeniture.”

“Written over five months, it explores personal and collective grief by placing my experiences on fictitious characters: a father and son searching for healing and resilience in their relationship as they struggle with loss and generational expectations,” Peterson says.

That was brought to life at Bob McKenna’s Clubhouse on Highland Tuesday, with actors Alan Litsey and Stephen Mangina directed by Michael and Pat Flowers. Judy Jones was stage manager.

Peterson says the first public reading of his work “went very well.”

“And it served the purpose of the play – to help normalize talking about grief and finding ways to praise and find beauty in the process,” he says.

Peterson is now setting his sights on finishing his thesis and his MFA. Perhaps after that, “Primogeniture” might be seen again.

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