The Geneva Theatre Guild will open its new season with Playwrights Playreadings 2004 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6, 7, and 8 at the Geneva Free Library, 244 Main Street, Geneva.
The production will feature five short plays in a dramatic readers’ theatre presentation. Two of the plays are by Matt Casarino of Wilmington, Del.: Book of Job, Part I: Job Strikes Back, the story of what happens when Job hires a lawyer, and Mediocreville, where chaos, comedy, and concern abound as a young man’s friends try to keep him from killing himself. Casarino, a playwright, songwriter, musician and actor, had two of his plays presented in last year’s Playwrights Playreadings. His Warning! Spoilers Ahead! was produced in Pennsylvania in 2002, and last spring A Curtain Call to Arms, or, The Final Bow premiered in Kansas City, The Trophy Wife opened in Delaware, and Something Went Wrong debuted in New York City. Yes, Mamet has won prizes and been produced throughout the Country.
A Moment of Grace, by Tom Fox of Geneseo, depicts every writer's fantasy coming true but for the wrong reasons. This play won first prize in the Genesee Community College Ten Minute Play Competition and was staged in Rochester by Everyone’s Theatre Company’s Festival of One Acts last November. Fox’s The Green Room won the W. Keith Hedrick Play Writing Competition in 2001 and was accepted for inclusion in the Writers & Books/Geva Theatre Regional Playwright’s Festival. Fox, also a cartoonist and watercolorist, received The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts Award for Artistic Achievement last year.
Two plays by Geneva playwright Jay Hanagan complete the program. Fancy Meeting You Here concerns a couple on a blind date who can't quite seem to find any common ground and Now That You Mention It , which tells the story of a wife who occasionally reaches the point where she has to get away, or, as she puts it, “stick the butter knife” into her husband’s left eye. Four of Hanagan’s one act plays were featured in four different New York City festivals last year. Along For The Ride was a winner of the 28th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Original Short Play Festival and is being published in the annual anthology of that competition.
You're Never Gone has won a spot at the Riant Theatre Company's Winter Strawberry Festival this February. Geneva theatergoers had the opportunity to see this play at the 2002 Playwrights Playreadings.
The Guild will produce one of Hanagan’s comedies as part of their Two Faces of Drama production in August and September.
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 Playwrights Playreadings 2004 is 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5. Tickets are on sale at Martin Music, 87 Castle Street; Don’s Own Flowers, 40 Seneca Street and the Geneva Free Library.