- Norma Doyle
PLAYREADER MEETINGS: Playreaders meet every Monday from 2-3 pm at the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so we can meet and greet you.
On January 21st and 28th Al Johnson will present Breaking Legs by Tom Dulack. Playreaders are Bernie Cheriff, Honora Clemens, John Dolan, Dennis Hall, Al Johnson Morgan Lambert and Ron White.
The action occurs in an Italian restaurant owned by a successful mobster and managed by his beautiful unmarried daughter. When the daughter’s former college professor arrives to ask for financial backing for a play he’s written about a murder, the fun begins. The three main Mafiosi are intrigued with the idea of producing a play. The daughter becomes enamored of the playwright, who is delighted to have the family’s support. His bubble is burst when he discovers, through the “accidental” death by train of a lesser thug, that his backers are gangsters. In this madcap situation, murder and menace are served up with plenty of pasta and laughter.
Of this play The New York Post said, “There is a buoyant joy to be had in the comic confrontation between two of the wackiest gangster chieftains ever to wack…”. Backstage reported…” Breaking Legs is a crowd pleaser that should provide an additional layer of enjoyment for people in and of the theater. It is what comedies on Broadway used to be like not that many years ago…”.
Breaking Legs had a long New York run and an extensive national tour and has been performed in multiple countries and in languages all over the world. It has been a comic staple in regional theatres for the past 20 plus years.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Tom Dulack attended Indiana University where he earned his B.A. in English, and his Master’s Degree at the University of Connecticut.
Dulack is an award-winning playwright, a novelist, a director, and an English professor at the University of Connecticut. His play “Incommunicado” won the Kennedy Center Prize for New American Plays. His play “Friends Like These” won the Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American Comedy.