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Readers Theatre Showcase 2022 Set for Stratford Library


Wednesday, June 15th through July 27th
Lovell Room at 7 p.m.

The Stratford Library and Square One Theatre Company have announced the schedule for Readers Theatre Summer Showcase 2022. The annual series of live, staged readings of new and established plays returns after a two-year absence to the Library. It will begin on Wednesday, June 15th and continue on six consecutive Wednesday evenings through July 27th. The theatre readings are free and open to the public.

“Library!”, a series of six original short plays by local playwrights, will kick-off the series on June 15th at 7 p.m. The playlets are presented in conjunction with the Stratford Library’s year-long 125th anniversary celebration.

The playwrights for the evening include Elizabeth (Zeb) Appel, Jennifer Ju, Mark Lambeck, Steve Otfinoski and Orna Rawls. Actors performing in the readings are Julia Allen, Lucy Babbitt, Joan Barere, Andrew Benjamin, Tess Brown, Roger Coleman, Katelyn Ferrari, Mark Frattaroli, Maureen Gordon, Jennifer Ju, Thomas Newman, Rob Pawlikowski, and Emily Yan.

Other play selections in the series are: “The Busy World is Hushed”, Keith Bunin’s moving drama selected for “Pride Month 2022” will be performed on June 22nd; Duncan Macmillan’s perceptive two-hander, “Lungs” (June 29th); “Chapatti”, a romance by Christian O’Reilly (July 6th); Steven Drukman’s college academia play, “Death of an Author” (July 13th); “Kings”, a political play by Sarah Burgess (July 20th) and Joanna Glass’s New Haven based comic drama, “Two Plain Daughters and One Handsome Son” (July 27th).

The Readers Theatre Summer Showcase 2022 series will be held in the Stratford Library’s air-conditioned Lovell Room at 7 p.m. each evening. The acting company for the theatre series also includes Pat Leo, Peggy Nelson, Frank Smith, Damian Long, Kiel Stango, Al Kulcsar, Jo Kulp, J. Kevin Smith, David Victor, Christopher Finch, Lillian Garcia, Danielle Sultini, and Janet Rathert.

Tom Holehan will direct the readings. All plays are recommended for adult audiences and titles are subject to change. The readings are free and reservations will not be accepted. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for general seating only, first-come, first-served. Masks are optional but recommended.

For further information call the library’s Public Relations and Programming Office at: 203-385-4162.


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