Rondo Public Library hosts Narate Keys’ “Apsara the Play” script read on April 23, 2022

This is a special invitation to a script reading of “Apsara the Play” by Narate Keys, a Minnesotan artist, writer and poet.
by Hedy Tripp 

Flyer announcing Apsara's Table Read on April 23 at 2pm at the Rondo Public Library or on Zoom. Narate Keys is a fiscal year 2022 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

April 23, 2022
at Rondo Public Library, 461 Dale S North, St. Paul, MN 55103

or Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 878 2989 6402

About Apsara the Play

Set in ancient Cambodia, in the Angkorian time of the early 12th century, Apsara is a classical Khmer dancer. She’s powerful in strength as she is in intelligence.  Woven in a love story, Aspara helps the Cambodian/Khmer king win the war by signaling successful war strategies with different dance movements.

The play then reincarnates Apsara and the king in a modern love story.  She is a CEO and the King, a painter. 

Narate Keys is a fiscal year 2022 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the MN State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the MN State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Casting call for Minnesota Actors (Minneapolis/St. Paul Metroplex)

Narate Keys is looking for actors and actresses to read at the script reading (table read.) They may email their audition video to

Casting for the following roles: 

Apsara/Vichira: female     age 20+
Monichan:         female    age  20+
Hanuman:        male.       Age 30+
King/Odom:      male       age 20+
Ta Ah Jhan:      male.      Age 40 – 50
Queen:             female      age 30+

About Narate Keys

Narate Keys is a self-published author of a collection of songs and poetry The Good Life, poetry book The Changes… Immigration Footprints of Our Journey, and co-author of Planting SEADs. Keys’ family lived through the atrocious Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia; she was born in a Thai refugee camp. Keys writes to express the true meaning of her voices. It is through poetry that Keys have found love, appreciation, and encouragement.  Keys has performed her poems in Washington D.C., Minnesota’s The Loft Literary Center, Springboard For The Arts, Saint Cloud State University, Dragon Boat Festival, May Day Festival, a featured artist for MN8’s fundraising and was selected as a storytelling recipient through Twin Cities Media Alliance (TCMA). Keys’ painting “The Sun’s Reflector” was featured in the Saint Paul Almanac. Key’s poem “Water from Motherland” was featured on Sunday Morning Lyricality and is framed and hanging on the wall of the new building for the Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul. 

Learn more about Narate at

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