The Geneva Theatre Guild will open its 25th Anniversary Season with Playwrights Playreadings 2003 Friday through Sunday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, at the Geneva Free Library, 244 Main Street, Geneva. The production will feature the presentation of four short plays in a staged readers' theatre format.
“The Trophy Wife,” a story of mystery and intrigue and “Condensed Theatre Classics Presents: Lives in the Wind,” a tongue-in- cheek look at history, are by Matt Casarino of Wilmington, Delaware. Casarino is a playwright, songwriter, musician and actor. His play “Yes, Mamet” has been produced throughout the country and took second place in the 2002 Sonoma Rep Festival of New Works (San Francisco). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
“Growing Up,” by Michelle Caward, of Stanley, tells the story of a daughter coming to grips with her mother's illness. Caward, a poet and playwright, has had poems published in “The Harmony of Silence Compilation 2000,” “Nature's Echoes Compilation 2001,” and “Best Poems and Poets of 2002”. She is one of 33 international poets whose work is included on “The Sound of Poetry” 2003. “Growing Up” was produced last year by the Phoenix Players of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, as part of their 10 Minutes Staged Playreadings production. Caward, also an actress, was honored with a Theatre Association of New York State merit award for outstanding acting in the Guild's production of Over the River and Through the Woods last October.
“Let Me County the Ways,” which looks at the trials of young love, is by Geneva playwright Jay Hanagan. His full-length play “First Kisses” was the winner of the 2001 Babylon Players World Premiere Playwriting Contest and had a reading by the Oberon Theatre Ensemble in New York City last year. Hanagan's one-act plays have either won competitions or been featured in festivals in Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and New York. He is also an actor and will appear in the Guild's production of “The Fantasticks” in March. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Theatre Communications group.
Following the presentation of each play, audience members will have the opportunity to discuss the script with the playwright, director and actors.
Curtain time for Playwright Playreadings 2003 is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4. Tickets are on sale at Martin Music, 87 Castle Street; Long and Brace Books, 508 Exchange Street and the Geneva Free Library. For more information, contact Jay Hanagan at 789-8857 or Stan Weaver at 789-7810.