Past Present Tense Four Plays at a Park Bench The Marco Players

TMP’s Reader’s Theater

Past Present Tense

Four Plays at a Park Bench

By Lynn-Steven Johanson

Have you ever wondered who else sits on your favorite park bench and what stories they must tell? Past, Present Tense gives you that opportunity to find out as four plays unfold at the same place in a small Midwestern city.

Produced by special arrangement with Heartland Plays, Inc.

Reader’s Theater is a style of theater that involves no costumes, props, or memorization of lines. You will enjoy some new faces during this production that gives new volunteers and long-standing community theater lovers a chance to shine.


Aging Grace

This story pits two sisters with a strained past on often opposite sides of the age-old question, when is it time to send an aging parent to a nursing home?

Directed by Paula Keenan

Harriette Tax, Carol Clarke, Marie Prasek

Buford and Leroy

Two down-home boys prove that friendship is thicker than motor oil when one has to bow out on a monster truck show and is too embarrassed to say why.

Directed by Jeff Hoover

Gregg Birr, Mike McNees

Joanna on My Mind

Pearl questions a familiar-looking man sitting on the opposite end of the bench only to find out it is Bill, her high school sweetheart. Bill says he is moving back to his hometown and hopes to rekindle their relationship only to learn that Pearl gave birth to his daughter 40 years earlier and gave her up for adoption.

Directed by Beverly Dahlstrom

Tony DeCristofaro, Paula Keenan

Shooting Pool with a Rope

The last to visit the park bench are retired businessman Al and a troubled teen, Stacey. Both have taken refuge on the bench, one before facing the daughter he abandoned years ago and the other from the pain of losing his dying mother. The two discover a bond that might save them both if trust can be earned when not deserved.

Directed by Kay Mayr

Willie Mayr, Eric Walton