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HOURGLASS PLAY READING SERIES 2019-2020 SEASON

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1984 by GEORGE ORWELL, NEW ADAPTATION BY ROBERT ICKE & DUNCAN MACMILLAN
Directed by JACK SIMEL

saturday, NOVEMBER 2, 2019 at 2 p.m.

 In 1984, Winston Smith, living under the totalitarian rule of the Party, decides to begin keeping a diary. It is a crime punishable by death and there is no way of knowing if he is being watched. He imagines two futures—in one, a future readership in a free society considers him a hero; in the other, he is caught, executed and forgotten. Perhaps both things are true. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s new adaptation of George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel “stands out,” claims London’s The Independent , “as one of the most unique and disturbing takes on a book that sadly never seems to lose its relevance.”


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TALLEY’S FOLLY BY LANFORD WILSON
DIRECTED BY DAVID RUNZO

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020 at 2 P.m.

 It is 1944 in Lebanon, Missouri and Matt Friedman—an accountant from St. Louis—has arrived to pledge his love to Sally Talley, hoping to revive their once-romantic relationship. Sally is hesitant to begin again as she fears that her conservative family would never approve of their marriage. Honest, funny, and charming, Matt gradually awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together as these kindred spirits find a rare completeness with one another. In celebration of Blackfriars’ 70th anniversary season, Talley’s Folly  reunites director David Runzo and cast members Fred Neurnberg and Patricia Lewis Brown from the theater’s original production in the 1995–96 season.


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A RAISIN IN THE SUN BY LORRAINE HANSBERRY
DIRECTED BY MYA BROWN

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020 AT 2 P.M.

 Set on Chicago’s South Side in the late 1950s, A Raisin in the Sun  centers on the divergent dreams and conflicts of three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee; his wife, Ruth; his sister, Beneatha; his son, Travis; and matriarch Lena. With her deceased husband’s insurance payment set to arrive in the mail any day, Lena has hopes of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood. Walter Lee, however, has other plans—to buy a liquor store and become his own man—while Beneatha dreams of enrolling in medical school. The Youngers struggle to retain their dignity amongst the racial tensions and entrenched prejudices of mid-20th-century America is a timeless account of hope in an often harsh and unforgiving world.


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HAROLD AND MAUDE BY COLIN HIGGINS
DIRECTED BY LYNNE SANCHEZ-FRIES

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020 AT 2 P.M.

 Harold is the proverbial poor little rich kid, unhappy with all of the advantages that life has afforded him. Maude is a free-spirited octogenarian who finds the joy in just about any situation. Harold’s peculiar attachment to Maude, whom he meets at a funeral (a mutual passion) is what rescues him from his misery and what captivates us, as Harold—under Maude’s bemused tutelage—learns to embrace the plentiful moments of beauty that life has to offer. This faithful adaptation of the acclaimed and beloved cult film, both written by Colin Higgins, will delight fans of the movie as well as newcomers to this off-kilter story.


 All performances are free. Donations are encouraged. For more information about the Hourglass Play Reading Series, email Hourglass@blackfriars.org. 

All readings are cast through an audition process. Please click here for more information on auditions.
Director submissions can be made through emailing info@blackfriars.org. Please include resume/cover letter with your submission.

2019-2020 Season designs by Logan Champlin