Would you be foolhardy enough to make a defiant gesture to a dictator? To her own shock, Helen, a risk-averse bureaucrat, finds herself doing just that. Immediately, her wife and son — as well as her livelihood and freedom — are severely threatened. This fast-moving drama challenges audiences to ask themselves, “Would I have the moral courage to risk everything for freedom?”

“Risk/Benefit” is an exciting hour-long drama that will have its world premiere at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church in late February. It will be presented as a staged reading. An open discussion will follow.

Quotes from early readers: “I love your play! It’s so ominous, but also so hopeful and it shows the impact that one small act can have.”  “I started and could not put it down.” “I started reading your play…and read it all at once!”

The playwright, Rev. Amanda Aikman, serves as Temporary Minister at Shoreline UU Church. She has had a dozen plays produced, and has won 14 national contests for her writing. The director, Carissa Meisner Smit, has extensive directing experience at theaters throughout the Seattle area.

Performances are at Shoreline UU Church, 14724 1st Ave NE, Shoreline on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets.

There will be a third performance at Prospect Congregational United Church of Christ, 1919 East Prospect, Seattle on Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m. Tickets.

Tickets may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. All seats $10. Not recommended for children under 12.