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Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis joined stage veterans Sebastian Arcelus, Jenny Bacon, Emily Bauer, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Kendra Jain, and Dan Ziskie in Midtown Direct Rep's reading of Peter M. Floyd's drama Absence. The reading was staged by Margaret Whitton at The South Orange Performing Arts Center as part of Midtown Direct Rep's LOFT series. http://midtowndirectrep.org/

In Absence, Dukakis played Helen, a woman suffering from memory loss who struggles to find meaning in her new life as her sense of self dissolves.

Absence is the recipient of the 2012 Jean Kennedy Smith Award and will next be staged at Boston Playwright's Theatre, February 6-March 2, 2014. http://www.bu.edu/bpt/performances/absence/