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Diversionary to launch OpenMondays, staged readings of new works

SAN DIEGO -- Diversionary Theatre is preparing to launch OpenMondays, a new monthly series of staged readings of new works. Admission is free.

The debut will be on Monday, March 4, with the staged reading of Anthony Methvin's "Bleed Like Me." Wendy Waddell is directing a cast featuring Bryan Banville, Stewart Calhoun and Jacque Wilke.

"Bleed Like Me" is the story of three people, each in the throes of a "quarter-life" crisis, who are trying to find love in a time where the words safe and sex are inextricably linked, find stability in the unforgiving city of New York, and find themselves in a world where life doesn't come with an instruction manual.

Anthony Methvin is a recent transplant to San Diego after living for nine years in New York City. He is currently a marketing associate at Diversionary Theater where he made his local performing debut in "Harmony, Kansas." Favorite roles include Leo Frank ("Parade"), Prior ("Angels In America: Millennium Approaches And Perestroika"), Sparky ("Forever Plaid"), Peter ("Company"), Seymour ("Little Shop Of Horrors"), Dionysus ("The Bacchae"), Matamore ("The Illusion") and Man ("Laughing Wild").

His play, "Bleed Like Me," has been given a developmental reading at Florida State University, where he graduated with a BFA in acting. He currently has several other theater pieces in development, including "Candy & Snacks," which is also a collaboration with Wendy Waddell.

OpenMondays give playwrights an opportunity to hear their developing theatee pieces in an informal performance setting. Audiences are invited to attend free of charge, have a drink, meet and discuss the work with the artists, be involved in the early stages of the creative process and join the conversation! Diversionary provides a space, director, cast and brief rehearsal, bringing the play to life for the author and audience alike.