Playreaders 6/1/2019

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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.

THE PLAY

On June 3rd Norma Doyle will stage the last act of Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, Playreaders are Honora Clemens, Norma Doyle, Morgan Lambert, Hal McCown and Ginna Zoellner.

In a Church School, are Father Flynn is a beloved, progressive priest, Sister Aloysius, a a rigidly conservative nun and a younger nun, Sister James. Mrs. Muller is the mother of a young male student in the school and Sister Alloysius has asked her to come discuss Father Flynn’s suspicious actions concerning her son. 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.

Also, following the last act of Doubt on June 3rd will be the reading of two very short plays from /////// by ///// which represents the unusual, alarming and coming antics during speed dating.

THE PLAYWRIGHT

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.

THE NEXT PLAY

On June 10th Sandy White will present two one act plays, Botticelli and Next focusing on the Vietnam War by Terrance McNally. Play readers for both plays will be Jeff Sheff, Ron White and Sandy White.

In Botticelli two soldiers wait in the jungle to kill an enemy Vietcong fighter. While they wait they play the game of Botticelli. The enemy appears and the soldiers kill him, all the while continuing to play the game. The civilized and cultured nature of the game contrasts ironically with the brutal indifference of war. The New York Times wrote that Botticelli was the “…successful in purely dramatic terms”and shows a “chilling comment on the inhumanity of war.”

In Next we meet Marion Cheever, a middle-aged, overweight, debt-ridden, divorced father of two who has been called up by the draft, and Sergeant Thech, a no-nonsense female examining officer. A battle-of-wits is waged between the “sad sack” determined to avoid military service and the career officer determined to sign him up. The New York Times, wrote that the two plays “are just plain marvelous-funny, provocative and, in their way, touching”.

THE PLAYWRIGHT Terrence McNally (1938-) is an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. McNally has been described as “a probing and enduring dramatist” and “one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theater world has yet produced”. He has received multiple nominations and awards including Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, an Emmy and Obie Awards. His most recent play was released in 2018

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