Playreaders 10/1/2018

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Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade

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


On October 1st and 8th Playreaders will stage Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade. Readers will be Norma Doyle and Hal McCowen. The play starts in 1951 at an inn on the Mendocino County coast. Doris, a 24-year-old housewife from Oakland, meets George an accountant from New Jersey at dinner. They have a sexual tryst, then agree to meet once a year to rekindle the sparks they experienced at their first meeting, despite the fact that both are happily married with six children between them. They discuss their spouses, Harry and Helen.

Over the course of the next 26 years, they develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year. During the time they spend with each other, they discuss births, deaths, changing political beliefs and the marital happiness and problems each experiences at home.

Same Time, Next Year is a 1975 play released as a film 1978 film. This was Slade’s most successful play.


Slade, born in 1930 had great success from the 1960s throughout the 1980s as both as a playwright and screen writer. For television his credits included adapting a story for The Flying Nun, Bewitched and The Partridge Family. He was nominated for an Oscar for his screen adaption of Same Time, Next Year.