HOURGLASS PLAY READING SERIES 2016-2017 SEASON
THE LAST WIFE by kate hennig
Directed by Patricia Lewis Browne
saturday, november 5, 2016 at 2pm
Kate Parr is smart, confident, and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. But her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and lure of deceit; her secret liaisons with Thom, her husband’s former brother-in-law, could send her to an early grave; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters is putting an even bigger strain on her marriage. A contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII, The Last Wife is a funny, powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics, and women’s rights.
ripcord BY david lindsay-abaire
DIRECTED BY P. Gibson Ralph
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016 AT 2PM
A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.
THE NETHER BY JENNIFER HALEY
DIRECTED BY DANNY HOSKINS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017 AT 2PM
The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination.
MOTHERS AND SONS BY TERRENCE MCNALLY
DIRECTED BY FRED NEURNBERG
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017 AT 2PM
At turns funny and powerful, Mothers And Sons portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.
THE OTHER PLACE BY SHARR WHITE*
DIRECTED BY LINDSAY READING KORTH
SATURDAY, April 22, 2017 AT 2PM*
*NOTE: THIS PERFORMANCE TAKES PLACE AT THE PENFIELD LIBRARY*
Just as Juliana Smithton's research leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.
SEMINAR BY THERESA REBECK
DIRECTED BY SANDI HENSCHEL
SATURDAY, May 20, 2017 AT 2PM
In Seminar, a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting comedy.
All performances are free. Donations are encouraged.
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