Sampling his words

The Webster City Community Theater welcomed playwright Phil Olson on Sunday for a reading of a new play “Mom’s Gift.”

WCCT has performed four of Olson’s plays, all of which are from his “Don’t Hug Me” series. Loween Getter, WCCT director, said this is the first time the theatre has hosted such an event with Olson, who has also held readings of this play on the east coast and Wisconsin.

Olson, who introduced the play to over a dozen audience members, said the play will premiere in Los Angeles, where he lives, on Dec. 6. He said he came to workshop the play at the theatre after correspondence with Getter. After WCCT received the script, the theatre assigned parts and produced the reading on their own.

“It’s a great learning experience because I had nothing to do with this production,” Olson said. “I’m seeing this for the first time.”

The play follows a daughter who returns home for Dad’s birthday, and she is surprised when her mother returns as a ghost with unfinished business. The hospice nurse who cared for her, a nosy neighbor and the boy next door all join in as well.

After the reading, the actors and audience gathered to discuss the process of creating a play with Olson, and gave him feedback on his latest comedic-drama.