Staged Reading of Darren Canady’s Muddy the Water


Join us for  FREE reading of Darren Canady’s latest play Muddy the Water, a drama based on an incident from Canady’s childhood where a local minister in his native Topeka, Kansas was “sat down” after being arrested for exhibiting lewd conduct in a local park. He is also the mastermind behind the soul-filled story Right On, onstage at Horizon, July 18 – August 31. Call 404.584.7450 or e-mail to reserve your seat for the staged reading!

Canady is a rising star in American theatre, and won the American Theatre Critics Association 2012 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for best emerging playwright, recognizing his Brothers of the Dust, which premiered in May 2011 at Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago. The Kansas-based playwright is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas, and is a recipient of the America-in-Play Residency and the Lecomte du Nouy Prize.  He was the winner of the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award in 2007, and his winning play, False Creeds, had its World Premiere on the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage that year.


New Hope Baptist Church, a prominent and deeply traditional community of believers, is scandalized when one of its ministers is caught with his pants down in a local park notorious for cruising. The minister’s arrest and subsequent disappearance throws the New Hope fellowship into turmoil. Forced to confront their secrets and prejudices, New Hope’s members begin an epic battle between the old and new orders.


The FREE staged reading of Muddy the Water will take place at Horizon Theatre on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM. Call 404.584.7450 or e-mail to reserve your seat! The reading will feature a star-studded cast of Horizon favorites including: Minka Wiltz (Patrice in Right Onevery tongue confess, Black Pearl Sings), Eric J. Little (Third Country, Superior Donuts), Donna Biscoe (Bella in Right On, Tree), Brad Raymond (every tongue confess) and Cynthia D. Barker (Elemeno Pea, Third Country). Our staged readings give up-and-coming playwrights an opportunity to see how actors, directors and audiences respond to their material before it is fully produced. Based on the notes that they receive from staged readings, they make changes to the script to improve the theatricality of the play.