Relationships Through the Years The Marco Players

TMP’s Reader’s Theater

Relationships Through the Years

7:00 – 8:30pm

Six short plays that explore the theme of importance of relationships during times of life, love, and everyday living.

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.

Readings

On the Edge – by Craig Pospisil

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

There’s a party inside, while Gene, seventeen, stands on the ledge of an apartment building distraught with heartache. What happens when a friend’s empathy comes into play?

Double Wedding – by Craig Pospisil

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Deborah is more than a little nervous on her wedding day. Her parents’ constant chatter isn’t helping. And neither is Deborah’s reflection in the mirror, which keeps shouting out her darkest thoughts and worries. Can Deborah calm her fears before her alter ego literally steps through the looking glass and ruins things?

December – by Craig Pospisil

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

An elderly couple sit at home on a cold winter’s night. The old man wants to finish watching his football game, but his wife is trying to get him ready to go out on some errand. The man is angry and bitter, and he clearly doesn’t want to go. His patient wife listens but gently prods. But there’s more to the old man than meets the eye, and the play ends with surprising sweetness and love.

The Shock of Recognition – by Robert Anderson

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

We break in on a difference of opinion between an ernest young dramatist and his matter-of-fact producer who doesn’t like the opening moment of the play. A wife is having breakfast in bed and she says something to her husband, who is in the bathroom. So he comes out, jaybird naked, and yells to her, “You know I can’t hear you when the water’s running”. The producer doesn’t think this confrontation is quite nice or necessary. The author insists that the scene is quite important –and after all, it lasts only an instant. So a quarrel over taste develops, and a job-hunting actor… becomes involved. He eagerly begins to strip, demonstrating how he would handle the role. Also involved is….the producer’s secretary.

I’m Herbert – by Robert Anderson

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Two old, old people sitting on a porch in a pair of rocking chairs are talking and just talking and of course they don’t know how funny they are. Each has had one or more previous marriages and perhaps a few flings, but they are hazy as to the details. In fact, they don’t always know which one the other one is.

Biff & Blanche – by John Twomey

Produced by special arrangement with Heartland Plays, Inc.

Two second-rate thespians, Biff and Blanche, compete for a cab on a street in New York. While waiting on a bench, they spar over an audition and confront one another with their illusions about themselves, their careers and their attraction to one another—complicated by the fact that they had a brief encounter in the past but Blanche never returned Biff’s phone calls afterwards.