11/1/2018 Playreaders

  • Norma Doyle


Playreaders meet every Monday from 2-3 pm in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so we can meet and greet you.


On November 5th Honora Clemens will present the second act of Butterflies Are Free by Leonard Gershe. Playreaders will be Honora Clemens, John Dolan, Dennis Hall, Penny McKenzie, and Malcolm Wing.

Don has moved away from his mother and insists that she, (Mrs. Barker) not visit for at least two months. When Jill moves into an apartment next door she is shocked to discover that Don has lived a very sheltered life, tells him that her favorite quote is: “I only ask to be free. Butterflies are free.” Soon they unlock the door separating their apartments opening other vistas. Mrs. Baker fears that Jill will break Don’s heart and tries to talk her out of Don’s life. Jill tells Mrs. Baker that if there is someone who should get out of Don’s life, it is she. Is heartbreak in the future for the couple or will it be freedom, independence and maybe love?

Eileen Heckhart won an Oscar playing Mrs. Barker in the movie.


Leonard Gershe (1922 – 2002) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and lyricist. Gershe began on Broadway as a lyricist, in the musical stage adaptation of Destry Rides Again He won an Oscar for Best Writing for Funny Face and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium for Butterflies Are Free.


On November 12, 2018 Dennis Hall will stage the one act play The Proposal by Paul Siemens (a modern adaptation of the same title by Anton Chekhov.) A marriage proposal goes awry when a series of misunderstandings sends the characters careening across the line between love and hate. This is a modern twist on the classic Chekhovian comedy.

Readers are being finalized.


Paul received the Harvard Jonathan Levy Prize for the most promising actor at the university. He is the co-founder and former Producing Director of The Immediate Theater Company. He wrote three plays that were produced in New York and is also an author of fiction.


On November 12th Hall will also stage another one act play called Post-its….Notes on a Marriage by Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman. This is a hilarious, heart-breaking and tale of a couple’s journey that spans the duration of their lives together as read from Post-It notes. From their young, vibrant days to an elderly couple it mentions therapy sessions, babies and mother-in-laws to ‘home late’ and ‘I’m sorrys’. Readers are being finalized.


Paul Dooley is an American actor, writer and comedian who has appeared in many movies and television productions such as Hairspray and Little Shop of Horrors. His wife, Winnie Holzman is an American dramatist and screenwriter, who wrote the book for the musical Wicked, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire.

In early October Playreaders staged Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade. Play readers were Norma Doyle, Sandy White and Hal McCown.


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