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For the first time 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.


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Cow, Slob, Pig. How many insults can you hear before you have to stand up and defend the woman you love? Tom faces just that question when he falls for Helen, a bright, funny, sexy young woman who happens to be plus-sized - and then some. Forced to explain his new relationship to his shallow (although shockingly funny) friends, he finally comes to terms with his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks. Neil LaBute's sharply drawn play not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty but also boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves.

Contains adult language.

By Neil LaBute

Show Dates
October 8, 2011
Beginning at 7:30 P.M.
Coffee and dessert following the reading.

Performances
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
(lower level)
2801 Bay Park Drive
Oregon, OH 43616



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Dinah and Bill, a devout, church-going couple from the Midwest are struggling to keep their lives intact after the loss of their daughter. Dinah is compelled to reconnect with her left-leaning cousins in Northern California who're going through their own trials. Jeannette and Neil have lost their home to a wildfire and Neil has cancer. However they seem to have accepted their situation with astounding good humor, living in a yurt on their burn site and celebrating life with hits of pot and glasses of good red wine. Bill and Dinah are both moved and perplexed by their cousins' remarkable equanimity. But their sympathy turns to rage when they find out that Jeannette is planning to take her own life to avoid a life of grief without her beloved Neil.

Contains adult language.

By Jane Anderson

Show Dates
June 2, 2012
Beginning at 7:30 P.M.
Coffee and dessert following the reading.

Performances
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital
(lower level)
2801 Bay Park Drive
Oregon, OH 43616