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This month’s NPA reading features the play Bully, by Beth Peterson.

Also, we’ll hear poetry from Suzanne Simons and a short play by Benjamin Benne

Bully by Beth Peterson
A research psychiatrist, working on an experimental treatment for the victims of bullying, explores the power of memory and past circumstances in creating current personality tendencies. A psychological exploration of what creates a bully, and the impact that bullying can have on the victim.

Beth Peterson is an Instructor of Theatre at Everett Community College in Everett Washington. She currently serves on Staff at Seattle Sketch Festival. Beth is an Actor, Director and Playwright in the Seattle Area. She has worked with Annex Theatre, Theatre Schmeatre, Book It Rep, and the former Empty Space Theatre Company. Her work as a playwright has been showcased in the Seattle Fringe Festival, 14/48 festival, Fringe/ACT, ACT 1 minute play festival, Sandbox Radio and with the Midnight Sun’s Impeccable Peck of Plays.. She is currently working on the Full Length Play Evil Twin which will be produced at EVCC in Feb. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Poetry by Suzanne Simons
Suzanne Simons is an award-winning journalist-turned-poet. Her work is inspired by humans, animals, nature, music and a good spin around the dance floor. She is a faculty member at The Evergreen State College in Olympia and Tacoma, where she teaches poetry and journalism. She is a board member of the Olympia Poetry Network and is currently earning her master of fine arts degree in creative writing at Sierra Nevada College.

A Short play
the dream of honey (fades) by Benjamin Benne

When Muchacho reveals news of his engagement during a honey harvest, then Hombre is haunted anew by his experiences of love and loss.

Benjamin Benne is a playwright of biracial identity and Guatemalan heritage, who was born and raised in Los Angeles County. His first play, Captivity, was awarded the Mai Hayakawa Memorial Scholarship by New York Theatre Intensives to participate in their 2011 Summer Conservatory in association with Ensemble Studio Theatre. Terra Incognita achieved semifinalist status in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2014 National Playwrights Conference, and at the very bottom of a body of water was a finalist for the 2014-15 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwrights’ Center. Ben’s work has been developed and presented in Seattle by Parley, Forward Flux Productions, Drybones Artist Collective, Freehold Theatre, Seattle Fringe Festival, and the 1st Seattle One-Minute Play Festival at ACT.