- Norma Doyle
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.
On May 20th Al Johnson presents the second act of Beer for Breakfast by Sean Grennan. Playreaders include Dennis Hall, Al Johnson, Hal McCown, Ginny Smith, and Ron White.
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.”
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.
THE SECOND PLAY
On May 25th Norma Doyle will stage the first act of Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, Playreaders are Honora Clemens, Norma Doyle, Morgan Lambert, Hal McCown and Ginna Zolleman.
The setting is a Church School, in 1964. Father Flynn is a beloved, progressive priest in the school. Sister Aloysius is a a rigidly conservative nun mentoring a younger nun, Sister James and urging her to be constantly vigilant over the students and teachers. When Sister Aloysius discovers that Father Flynn has been meeting alone with one of the young male students, she confronts him questioning his motives. Flynn’s next sermon is on the evils of gossip.
Variety stated that Doubt, a Parable is…“a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty. “ Doubt, a Parable won the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Best Play, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play. The film version was nominated for an Academy Award.
John Patrick Shanley (1950- ) is the author of more than 23 plays, which have been translated and performed around the world, including 80 productions a year in North America. He has often directed his own productions. Shanley was awarded an Academy Award in 1988 for Best Original Screenplay for Moonstruck and nominated for several awards including a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play in 2005 for Sailor’s Song and a Tony Award for Best Play in 2014 for Outside Mullingar.