An Introspective Look at Friendship and What it Means to be an Artist

A bloodstain on a patch of pool tile.

January 17, 2023
Gonzaga University News Service
Gonzaga University's spring 2023 Theatre Department staged reading is Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water). This production features Gonzaga’s Acting II class, alongside other Gonzaga students rounding out the cast, and is directed by the course's instructor, Blake Edwards.

Speaking to the distinctive aspects of the show being performed in a staged reading format, Edwards notes “the dialogue is written in a unique style – none of the lines are assigned to any specific characters, so it’s up to the director to determine how many actors are in the cast, which actors get to read which lines, etc.”

Edwards recognizes that audiences “may laugh and cringe as we watch these artists make all of the wrong choices, but we must also understand that these terrible choices are being made by very vulnerable, very fallible people. pool (no water) asks us what it means to be an artist, and to analyze our impulses when we feel we’ve been left behind.”

This production is rated R for mature themes and language.

pool (no water) performances are February 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Magnuson Theatre located at the east entrance of College Hall, 502 E Boone Ave. In Spokane. Tickets are $8 general admission, and available at or through visiting the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center Box Office (211 E DeSmet Ave.), Monday-Friday noon-5 p.m. or by calling 509-313-2787. Tickets are available at the door, but are not guaranteed in the event that a performance sells out. For more information involving the production please email
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