The 2002-2003 -34th season


Wendy Wagner,
Director of Playreading

"After roughly five to six months of reading and evaluating plays, listening to presentations by various impassioned potential directors, and much discussion, I am pleased to report that the playreading committee has selected the five plays for 2002-2003.  I hope you will enjoy!"

The Wild Guys
by Andrew Wreggitt and Rebecca Shaw
September 18-21 and 23-28, 2002
Comedy directed by Guy Buller.  A Canadian comedy about four men who "set off to find an isolated cabin in the forest on a 'wildman' weekend...everything that can go wrong does!" 

An Experiment with an Air Pump
by Shelagh Stephenson
November 13-18 and 18-23, 2002
Drama directed by Bev Brooks. 1799 - On the eve of a new century, a Northern English house buzzes with scientific experiments, furtive romance, and farcical amateur dramatics.  Present day (1999) - In a world of scientific chaos and genetic engineering, the same house reveals a dark secret buried for 200 years.

I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick
February 5-8 and 10-15, 2003
Comedy directed by Dorothy Gardner.  A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment.  With is television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there is one problem: he hates Hamlet.  His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore's ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that was once his.  The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore who's Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, even the apartment.

The Inheritance
by Gayle Greenslade-Lalonde
April 2-5 and 7-12, 2003
Drama directed by Tom Kobolak.  A gentle Canadian drama about a mother and daughter who come to terms with the past with the help of a secret diary.  It is a story of hidden pain, understanding and ultimately forgiveness.

The Snow Ball
by A.R. Gurney
May 28-31 and June 2-7
Comedy-Drama directed by Gwen Knight.  Cooper Jones is a middle-aged realtor whose failing marriage and uninspiring job have left him prey to feelings of nostalgia.  Over the objections of his wife Liz, he is persuaded by his old friend Lucy to revive a winter dance that was the high point of their youth.  To crown the evening, they plan to invite back Jack Daley and Kitty Price, everyone's vision of a bygone dream couple.  In flashback and in even more ghostly interludes, we see Jack and Kitty as they once were: young, beautiful and oblivious to the passage of time while they waltz through Cooper's memory.  In other flashbacks, Cooper and his companions play themselves as teenagers in the 1950's, when cotillions and excruciatingly funny dance classes first brought these awkward young adults together.  The gala finally arrives and the night proves one of spiritual healing...reliving the span of years that have separated and changed them with a new eye for forgiveness and a redeeming resolve-shared by all at the dance - to live their lives for today.

Rumplestiltskin - A Rockin' Musical
Books and Lyrics by Winn Bray. Music by Tom Doyle
December 27, 28, 29
It’s the tale of a “hard dealing, dream stealing, rocking Rumplestiltskin - catch him if you can!

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