Playwrights seek inspiration everywhere. Dallas-based writer Jonathan Norton is no exception. The prolific dramatist is constantly on the hunt for a good story, particularly one that strikes him close to home. For his newest play Mississippi Goddamn, inspiration arrived on a trip to title state where he learned the history of a civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Growing up in the South, Norton was shocked that he didn’t hear this story until adulthood and he wanted to change that. His solution? Write a play. He’s been workshopping this play for months, thanks to the support of generous local and national grants. He’s been inviting local actors, directors and audience members to hear the play and give feedback. Then, he hides for a few months making edits. Now he’s back with the newest version for a staged reading at the South Dallas Cultural Center (3400 S. Fitzhugh). Hear the story that turned Norton’s head and stick around for the talkback at 7 p.m. Monday. Entry is free. More information at dallasculture.org/SDCulturalCenter.
Mon., June 9, 7 p.m., 2014