Playreaders (3/15/2019)

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  • Norma Doyle

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

THE PLAY

In late February Playreaders presented As Long As We Both Shall Live by Sean Grennan. Readers were: (standing) Ron White, Malcolm Wing, Penny MacKenzie, Anne Gero, (seated) Dennis Hall, Hal McCown, Morgan Lambert and Jackie Kokemor (not pictured).

On March 18th and 25th John Dolan will present Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer. Play readers will be John Dolan, Dennis Hall, Morgan Lambert, Hal McCown, Jeff Sheff and Malcolm Wing.

Sleuth is set in the manor house of Andrew Wyke, an immensely successful mystery writer. Wyke’s home reflects his obsession with the deceptions of fiction and his fascination with game-playing. He lures his wife’s lover to the house and convinces him to stage a robbery of her jewelry, a proposal that sets off a chain of events that leaves the audience trying to decipher where Wyke’s imagination ends and reality begins. Shaffer’s most notable work was Sleuth which received the 1971 Tony Award for Best Play, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Play. In 1972, Shaffer adapted his play for a film version which was nominated for an Oscar and for which he again received an Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Screenplay in 1973. This version starred Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine with two other film adaptations by different screen writers released in 2007 and 2014.

THE PLAYWRIGHT

2018 Oakmont Oscar winners (standing) John Dolan, (seated) Ginny Smith, Rebecca Kokemor and Jackie Kokemor

Shaffer (1926-2001) was born in Liverpool and graduated with a law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a playwright of multiple plays, a novelist of several mysteries (three written with his identical twin brother) and a screenplay writer, which notably included the Hitchcock thriller Frenzy. He also wrote his memoirs.

His complicated personal life included being legally domiciled in Australia, three different wives and an extra-marital relationship late in life in England, which culminated after his death into a messy law suite regarding his estate

PLAYREADER ANNUAL DINNER AND OAKMONT OSCARS

On February 21st Playreaders gathered to dine at a sumptuous banquet and to nervously hear the results of the second annual Playreaders Academy Awards. To clamorous applause the winners announced were John Dolan for the most readings in one year, Jackie Kokemor for her exotic dancing in a production, Ginny Smith for her ingenue performance, Rebecca Kokemor for

panoramic photography and Al Johnson for the most blood curdling performance. Flowers for each winner were awarded and graciously received.

Playreaders met for their annual dinner and Oakmont Oscar Award ceremony on February 21.

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