Friday, March 30, 2012

Sleeper - Joan Sween


by Joan Sween

Public Play Reading
March 31, 7:00 pm

at Rochester Repertory Theatre
103 Seventh Street NE
Rochester, Minnesota 55906
Sponsored by Minnesota Writers' Alliance

A public reading of the play, "Sleeper," is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 7:00 pm at Rochester Repertory Theatre.  Written by Rochester playwright Joan Sween, the play is a three-woman narrative thriller.  Reading the play will be Rochester veteran actors Lindsay Beach, Suzanne Dreesman, Dawn Miller, and Aaron Rocklyn.

The goal of the reading is to receive reactions from the audience which will aid in the play’s development into a viable theatrical event.  An open-forum discussion will follow the reading of the play.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited; early arrival is advised.

This will be the first in what Minnesota Writers' Alliance hopes will become a regular play-reading series.  Discussions are in progress with The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis to cooperate in presenting readings of new plays.

The reading is sponsored by Minnesota Writers' Alliance.  Area playwrights are encouraged to contact the Alliance for more information about the readings.

In Joan Sween's pre-teen years, she wrote short stories about fairies, and learned to play the piano accordion.  Her father was a construction engineer; they moved a lot. The accordion was easier to move than a piano.  As a teenager in high school she was in the class plays and wrote pep skits.  Pep skits taught her about mystery writing–the home team, like justice, always had to triumph.  In college she was in a multitude of plays, wrote poetry, edited the college newspaper, and got engaged 16 times. 

She credits her wacky rites of passage as excellent background for writing a novel about perfectly nice ladies who refuse to behave like vampires She's a member of  Sisters In Crime, former Regional Vice-president of Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, and founder of Minnesota Writers’ Alliance.  Her other books can be found on and her plays with Eldridge Plays & Musicals. Joan lives in Rochester, MN, with two cats who are exasperating and a husband who is wonderfully supportive.


Nice Girls Don't Bite: A cozy mystery where "Transylvania Nasty" collides with "Minnesota Nice".
Dealer's Choice:  A collection of humor columns on antiques and collectibles.
Deathblow:  A detective novel with a serial killer.
Southern Surrender: A one-act farce.
Murder By Accident: A full-length farce.

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