Playreaders (5/1/2019)

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  • Norma Doyle
In early April Playreaders presented selected readings called For the Ages. Playreaders were Al Johnson, Bill and Donna Trzeciak, Jeff Sheff and Honora Clemens

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

THE PLAY

On May 6th Kay Hardy will present the second act of 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog. Playreaders will be John Dolan, Norma Doyle, Kay Hardy, Penny MacKenzie and Ginna Zoellner.

4000 Miles is a dramatic comedy involving Leo, who suffers a traumatic loss while he is on a cross-country bike trip. He seeks solace by visiting his feisty grandmother Vera Joseph, a no-nonsense 91-year-old member of the Communist Party. Leo’s girlfriend also arrives briefly compounding his difficulties as she breaks up with him. Over the comfort of marijuana Leo and Vera share intimate life stories and find comfort and understanding.

The play won the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play for 4000 Miles and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Amy Herzog (1975- ) is an American playwright. Along with several early awards for emerging playwrights, Herzog also won the Lilly Award in 2011 for playwrighting, the , the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play for Mary Jane in 2018 and the 2019 Horton Foote Playwriting Award by the Dramatists Guild of America. Charles Isherwood, of the The New York Times, wrote that Herzog “…has emerged in the past few years as one of the bright theatrical lights of her generation.…”

THE SECOND PLAY

On May 13th and 20th Al Johnson presents Beer for Breakfast by Sean Grennan. Playreaders include Dennis Hall, Al Johnson, Hal McGown, Ginny Smith, and Ron White.

In mid April Playreaders presented Summer’s End by Eric Chappell. Readers are: (standing) Honora Clemens, Ginna Zoellner, Dennis Hall, (seated) Ginny Smith, Ann Gero and Jane Borr.

The plot of Beer for Breakfast introduces us to a group of middle-aged buddies who reunite for a “guys’ weekend” in a snowed-in cabin to eat chili, drink beer, and relive the good old days. Despite divorce, unemployment, and a stroke, spirits are high until Jessie, the wife of absent friend Adrian, shows up in his place. An epic battle of wits and stamina ensues: will the men win their right to an all-out guy fest, or will woman be crowned the stronger sex after all?

The Kansas City Star review said, “Playwright Sean Grennan writes clever dialogue, and his play delivers some serious laughs.”

THE PLAYWRIGHT

Sean Grennan is a twenty-first century, American playwright, lyricist, librettist and actor. His plays and musicals have had hundreds of productions around the world including England, Russia, China and the Middle East.

In 2017 Grennan was Playwright in Residence at Centre Stage South Carolina and 2018 he was Playwright in Residence in Siouz City, Iowa and adjudicator for the Midwest Dramatists Conference in Kansas City.

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