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PLAYREADERS JANUARY 15, 2020

Norma Doyle

PLAYREADERS

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

THE PLAY

On 1/21 Honora Clemens will present the second act of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. Readers are Jane Borr, Honora Clemens, Charley Ensley, Kay Hardy, Hal McCown, Tanya Wing and David and Ginna Zoellner.

This 1941 play introduces Charles, a socialite and novelist who invites an eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next novel. Unfortunately, his best-laid plans backfire and the séance results in the return of his deceased, but still annoying, first wife, Elvira. His present wife, Ruth, can neither see nor hear the ghostly Elvira, but she is puzzled and upset at Charles’ sudden odd behavior. The play had a very long theater run in both the UK and USA and was also adapted for a film and later, as a musical

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Sir Noel Coward (1899-1973) was an English playwright, director and actor and known for his wit and flamboyance. He achieved enduring success as a playwright publishing more than 50 plays. He composed hundreds of songs, screenplays, poetry, short stories, a novel and an autobiography in his 60- year career. magazine noted his persona as one with ”…a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek, chic and poise.”

THE NEXT PLAY

On January 27th and February 4th Sandy White will present Later Life by A. R. Gurney. Readers are Hal McCown, Ron White, Sandy White and Ginna Zoellner.

Through Later Life we meet Austin, who has spent his entire life convinced that something terrible is bound to happen to him. But then he has the pleasure of rekindling a romance begun thirty years prior with Ruth. After multiple divorces Ruth has a life of turmoil although her friends see the budding romance as her one chance for normalcy. While the two rediscover each other both comedy and sometimes pain ensues. With poignancy and laughs, this classic Gurney play reminds us of the infinite possibilities in life just waiting to be pursued. A romantic tale of missed connections and hope for new beginnings.

“Charmingly clever, yet immeasurably touching…” wrote the New York Post

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Albert Ramsdell Gurney Jr. (1930 – 2017) was an American playwright, novelist and academic.He is known as a prolific and successful playwright and for his Pulitzer Prize nominated play Love Letters. His series of plays about upper-class WASP life in contemporary America have been called “penetratingly witty studies of the WASP ascendancy in retreat.”

In 2006, Gurney was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2007 and in 2016 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Obie Awards.

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