On the last Sunday of each month, the Guild is holding Play Readings. These are intended to encourage contemporary writers, actors, potential directors and anyone interested in hearing new, old, and sometimes obscure scripts come to life through a reading. We kick-started this series with a reading of a rollicking locally written melodrama in December. In January, it was followed by Peterborough’s own Jade O’Keeffe’s play ‘Two Nine One Letters’, the story of painter Georgia O’Keeffe and her lover Alfred Stieglitz as seen through their many love letters.
The following list of play readings is presented at no cost to the audience (a hat may be passed around). This all happens upstairs in the Gwen Brown Studio at the Guild at 7 p.m.
February 26, 2017 … ‘33Variations’ by Moises Kaufman (American).
A musicologist researches Beethoven’s strange obsession with the mediocre Diabelli waltz and her journey of the masters’ descent into deafness parallels her own deteriorating medical condition. Jane Fonda recently took Broadway by storm with this play.
March 26, 2017 … ‘Orphans’ by Dennis Kelly (British)
When a young couple’s anniversary celebration is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of the wife’s brother in a blood-soaked t-shirt, everything in their lives changes.
April 30, 2017 … ‘Gloria’s Guy’ by Joan Burrows (Canadian)
A romantic comedy of modern mores is written by Toronto author, Joan Burrows. Author will be present at this reading.
May 28, 2017 … ‘A Splinter in the Heart’ by David Carley
In the format of a radio play, Al Purdy’s story of the Industrial explosion in 1918 Trenton is dramatized from the point of view of the young man who lived through it.
June, 25, 2017 … ‘Constellations’ by Nick Payne (British)
What happens when a charming, laid-back beekeeper with a good sense of humour falls in love with a bright scientist dealing with terminal illness. This is a witty, heartwarming comi-tragedy.
This list is subject to changes with short notice.