The Geneva Theatre Guild will present Playwrights Playreadings 2005 at the Geneva Free Library, 244 Main Street, Geneva, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 8, 9, 10. The production will feature four one-act plays in a dramatic readers’ theatre presentation.
The first play, “In Some Secluded,” by local playwright Jay Hanagan, is the story of a seemingly ordinary man and woman who wind up one evening in a hotel room. Hanagan has had eight of his plays produced by the Guild, including the award-winning “Foibles,” which garnered him an Outstanding Playwriting Merit Award. His multi-prize-winning full length play, “First Kisses,” published by Samuel French, was produced in New York City last year.
“Population Explosion,” by Ithaca resident Aoise Stratford, is a comedy that deals with a complicated scheme for a blind date that doesn’t go according to plan. Last year, “Population Growth” placed third at the Sandhills Writers Conference and fourth in the McClaren Comedy Contest. Stratford’s play “Our Lady of the Sea” was the winner of this year’s Lakeshore Players National Ten-Minute Play Contest.
“The Butcher, The Baker and The Blacksmith,” by Steven Donner of Farmington, tells the story of three men from a medieval fairy tale town who cross paths with two women. Donner, a native of Jamestown, enjoys writing, drawing and reading about world history. He moved to the Finger Lakes area 11 years ago when attending RIT.
The final production of the evening, “In A Clutch,” by Auburn native Carol Cohen, is about changing times in America and how a true southern lady responds to it all. Cohen, now a resident of Tampa, Fla., is an independent marketing consultant and freelance writer of articles, stories and plays. The Guild’s production will be the first staged reading of her work.
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 2005 is 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5. Tickets are on sale in Geneva at Area Records, Don’s Own Flowers, Geneva Free Library and the UPS Store.