HOURGLASS PLAY READING SERIES 2017-2018 SEASON

BETHANY by LAURA MARKS
Directed by JACK SIMEL

saturday, OCTOBER 7, 2017 at 2 p.m.

At the height of the foreclosure crisis, single mother Crystal loses more than her house. She struggles to stay positive, though—with plenty of help from a roommate with conspiracy theories, a motivational speaker with a secret and her colleagues at the local Saturn dealership. But optimism is no match for a bad economy, and before long Crystal's desperate quest to regain what she’s lost turns into the fight of her life. This darkly comic thriller explores just how far we'll go to get back what's ours.


placebo BY Melissa james gibson
DIRECTED BY jeffrey d. siuda

SATURDAY, november 11, 2017 AT 2 P.M.

A minty green pill—medication or sugar? Louise is working on a placebo-controlled study of a new female arousal drug. As her work in the lab navigates the blurry lines between perception and deception, the same questions pertain more and more to her life at home. With uncanny insight and unparalleled wit, Melissa James Gibson’s affectionate comedy examines slippery truths and the power of crossed fingers.


black like us BY rachel atkins
DIRECTED BY esther winter

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018 AT 2 P.M.

Family secrets ripple through time when three present-day sisters discover the truth about a young African-American woman passing for white sixty years before. What happens in between is a frank and funny look at the shifting boundaries of tolerance and what identity really means.


marjorie prime BY jordan harrison
DIRECTED BY alexa scott-flaherty

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018 AT 2 P.M.

It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.


barrymore's ghost BY jason miller*
DIRECTED BY sandi henschel

SATURDAY, April 21, 2018 AT 2 P.M.*

*NOTE: THIS PERFORMANCE TAKES PLACE AT THE PENFIELD LIBRARY* 

BARRYMORE'S GHOST opens up the life of the legendary actor John Barrymore in a unique, theatrical manner. Mr. John Barrymore, or Jack Barrymore or Jake Barrymore, is presented as a ghost haunting an unknown theatre which, at the moment, is in rehearsal for a play. The gods have sentenced Barrymore to this purgatorial existence as penance for his abandonment of the theater and the squandering of his talents in the pursuit of fame, greed and dissipation. Barrymore disputes these assertions of the gods as he painfully and humorously examines the spectrum of his life.


water by the spoonful BY quiara alegria hudes
DIRECTED BY maria scipione

SATURDAY, May 19, 2018 AT 2 P.M.

Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption.


All performances are free. Donations are encouraged.
For more information on the Hourglass Play Reading Series visit HourglassPlays.org.