Once again we are including our Reader's Theatre as part of our season. If you are a season membership/ticket holder this is included in your season membership/ticket at no addition cost.
Reader's theatre is a style of theatre in which the actors do not memorize
their lines. Rather, they either go through their blocking holding scripts and
reading off their lines, or else sit/stand together on a stage and read through
the script together. In Reader's Theatre, actors use vocal expression to help
the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets,
costumes, and intricate blocking.
Like storytelling, Reader's Theatre can create images by suggestion that could never be realistically portrayed on stage. Space and time can be shrunk or stretched, fantastic worlds can be created, marvelous journeys can be enacted. Reader's Theatre frees the performers and the audience from the physical limitations of conventional theater, letting the imagination soar.
This Broadway hit is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov. In one sketch a fiesty old woman storms a bank and upbraids the manager for his gout and lack of money. In another, a father takes his son to a house where he will be initiated into the mysteries of sex, only to relent at the last moment and leave the boy more perplexed than ever. In another sketch, a crafty seducer goes to work on a wedded woman, only to realize that the woman has been in command from the first overture. Let us not forget the classic tale of a man who offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, the humor infectious and the fun unending.
By Anton Chekhov and Neil Simon
Directed by: Bill Quinlan
Produced by special arrangement with