Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Readers Theater will be reading Seven Keys to Baldpate, a 1913 play by George M. Cohan based on a novel by Earl Derr Biggers. The dramatization was one of Cohan’s most innovative plays, baffling some audiences and critics, but becoming a hit. It was revived later, made into a number of films, and adapted for TV and radio. A writer on a deadline locks himself in an inn and is visited during the night by a number of others who also have a key. The New York Times drama critic in 1913 called it a “melodrama of the good, old-fashioned sort”.
For info contact: Jane Simmonds, (707) 886-5148
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Readers Theater will be reading Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond, a comedy-drama that depicts generational conflict and sexual sparks as sons introduce their girlfriends to their affluent African-American family during a weekend at its second home at Martha’s Vineyard.
For info contact: Saundra Brewer, (707) 785-9333
New members and listeners are welcome to attend Readers Theater meetings.
Location: Conference Room, Gualala Arts
The Readers Theater group was started in the early 1990s for the simple purpose of providing its members the enjoyment of reading a play together.
In readers theater there are no rehearsals, no costumes or stage movements, just the power of the play’s lines, and the voices and faces of the members seated around the table.
The group reads everything from classic tragedies or comedies to more recently written plays / radio plays by a great variety of playwrights. Occasionally prose and poetry are chosen as well. Participating in Readers Theater is a great alternate way to taste the world of acting.
The group’s membership numbers between 15 and 20.
One of the members serves as the year’s coordinator and takes care of scheduling and publicity. All members take turns as director of the monthly meetings. The director chooses the play to be read, assigns parts to those who have signed up to read and provides copies of the script for practice well in time before the meeting.
Readers Theater meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room at Gualala Arts Center. The title of the play and the name of the director are published each month on this page, in Sketches, and in the Independent Coast Observer.
Contact Mary Sue Ittner (707) 884-4824 for more information.