Playreaders 12-15-2019

Norma Doyle

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

THE PLAY

On December 16th Norma Doyle will present the second act ofThe Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote. Readers are Jane Borr, Norma Doyle, Kay Hardy, Dennis Hall, Al Johnson, Hal McCown and Ginna Zoellner,

Mrs. Watts, an aging widow, lives in a three apartment in Texas with her loving son, Ludie and the selfish supervision of her daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae. Mrs. Watts feels if she can only visit her hometown of Bountiful, she will be able to regain dignity, strength and peace of mind. She attempts to runaway and makes a lonely pilgrimage. Along the way she meets people with their own difficulties and joys and makes brief friendships and corrections. When she reaches Bountiful, she has to rely heavily on her courage but finds memories and quiet experiences to enrich herself in her remaining years.

…the rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory…World Telegraph

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Albert Horton Foote Jr. (1916 – 2009) was an American playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his screenplays for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird and the 1983 film Tender Mercies. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta and two Academy Awards, one for adapted screenplay (To Kill a Mockingbird). In 1995, Foote was the inaugural recipient of the Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award and in 2000, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

THE NEXT PLAY

On December 23nd and 30th Al Johnson will present The Book Club Play by Karen Zacharias. Readers are Honora Clemens, John Dolan,Dennis Hall, Kay Hardy, Al Johnson, Carole
Johnson and Ron White.

Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with her greatest passion: Book Club. When her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. these six friends are bound for pandemonium. The Book Club Play is a delightful new play about life, love, literature and the side-splitting results when friends start reading between the lines.

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Karen Zacarías (1969- ) is a Latina playwright whose grandfather was a movie director and writer during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1930-40s.

Zacarías was invited to write a family play about the White House. The play Chasing George Washingtonand subsequent book included a foreword by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Her multiple awards include the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play in 2000, the New Voices Award, the 2010 Steinberg Citation-Best New Play, the Paul Aneillo Award, the National Latino Play Award and the 2018 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation (Ella Enchanted).

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