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Reading new plays allows us to bring forth the voices of innovative theater-makers, providing opportunity for global artists, and fostering a sense of ensemble among potential collaborators and supporters. We explore material that highlights the challenges of immigration, and expands our understanding of the woman experience in our world.

* indicates that the player is an Actors Equity member.

INTERLUDES OF THE HEART
by Robert Blumnefeld

Reading at The Players Club
Directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby

Cast:
Jeffrey Hardy* (Actor One)
Nat Cassidy* (Marcel Proust)
Flo Ankah* (Céleste Albaret)
Kieran Mulcare* (Actor Two)
Ilinca Tuvene (Actor Three)
Cameron Ring (Actor Four)
Scot Charles Anderson* (The Student)
Joe Burby* (Stage Directions)

Interludes of the Heart

Interludes of the Heart by Robert Blumbenfeld

In Interludes of the Heart the great writer Marcel Proust struggles to stave off death so he can complete his masterpiece, A la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time). His housekeeper Céleste Albaret ministers to his every need, and his brother Robert, a physician, urges him to go to a hospital, but he refuses. The play goes back and forth in time, as Proust relives some of his past; and an American graduate student interviews Céleste near the end of her own life. We meet the writer André Gide, a friend and rival of Proust; the diplomat Paul Morand and his wife, the Rumanian Princess Soutzo; Count Robert de Montesquiou, a poet and aesthete; and Alfred Agostinelli, with whom Proust was in love. Proust thought that a work of art should be understood without reference to the author’s life. In Proust’s case it has been easy to confuse author and the first-person Narrator, because the book contains autobiographical elements. However, the aspiring writer who is the Narrator of In Search of Lost Time is not Marcel Proust, any more than the character in my play (who says and does things Proust said and did), is Proust.

 


THE BISHOP AND THE BOYS
by Frank Cossa

Reading at Abingdon Theatre
Directed and produced by Fern R. Lopez
Produced by Joanie Rochibaud
Stage Manager is Susan Lee

Cast:
Ed Malone (Eamon Claire)
Flo Ankah* (Brooke Langley)
Jack Mulcahy* (George Kellner)
Alice Jankell* (Linda Lally)
Jeremy Swanton (Martin Lally)
Cherelle Cargill Chery* (Madlyn Edburg)

 


The Bishop and the Boys
The Bishop and the Boys
A driven TV reporter and judicious Jesuit priest investigate a potentially explosive allegation of sexual abuse by a powerful local Bishop.  Viewed through the colliding perspectives of the media, Church, and psychiatry, a fragile victim’s search for justice unearths unexpected truths amidst the fog of a sadly familiar story.

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