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Sign-Up for one or both of Elmwood’s Reading Series!
Currently these readings are performed via ZOOM until we can safely gather in person again. Those interested in reading or viewing can sign up by emailing [email protected]. Everyone and anyone is invited to participate. Both series are FREE.
21st Century Plays
April Reading – Heroes of the Fourth Turning – Friday, April 16, 2021 7:30 PM
It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself. Email [email protected] for Zoom Link. (The cold reading events are one-time only, free, open to the public and not recorded.)
The series is curated by member Tiffany M. Card.
Public Domain Readings
Elmwood’s Public Domain Players conducts readings on a monthly or bi-monthly basis of plays in the public domain for which there is no longer copyright protection (generally meaning that they were written prior to the mid-1920s). The focus is on presenting plays that were probably well-known long ago, but are lesser-known today. Some plays are familiar (Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen and other great playwrights), Some plays have only familiar titles, and some are revivals of plays that are almost completely unknown. Reading these plays is not only fun, but is a reminder of how many classic yet still relevant plays are out there. Casting is at the discretion of the reading coordinator.
There may be a rehearsal or two for difficult material.
NEXT READING: Three One-Acts – all written between 1904 and 1916 – focusing on the empowerment of women.
Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1:00 p.m
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87345854639?pwd=MEFUcHorazkzaFhQRDBtaTRySTRpZz09
or, by telephone: +19292056099,,87345854639#,,,,
(1) “The Twelve Pound Look” by J.M. Barrie in 1914 –
A businessman about to be knighted hires a female typist – with whom, it is discovered, he had a connection in the past. The cast is:
Kate – Kelly Kirby Lady Sims – Luanna Wriston
Sir Harry – Arthur Chill Tombes – Derek Tarson
(2) “Riders to the Sea” by J.M. Synge in 1904 –
A widow and daughters in Ireland must draw on reserves of strength to deal with the deaths of the men in the family. The cast is:
Maurya – Mara Karg Cathleen – Nina Lionetti
Nora – Alexa Kelly Bartley – Steve Bermack
Villagers – Debbie Buchsbaum, Kelly Kirby, Derek Tarson
(3) “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell –
Two women discover clues to a killing from little things (trifles) and need to determine whether to disclose them or not. The cast is:
Mrs. Hale – Debbie Buchsbaum
Mrs. Peters–Misti Tindiglia Mr. Hale–Derek Tarson
Henderson – Bruce Pearl Sheriff – Larry Wilbur
LATER THIS YEAR:
- Late April/ Early May – “Charley’s Aunt” by Brandon Thomas (6m,4f) – a farce
- Late May/ Early June – “Our American Cousin” (10m,7f) by Tom Taylor – the play Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated.
The series is curated by member Derek Tarson.