As part of their One Night Stand series, Hamilton Gibson production will present an evening of readings from the work of David Sedaris, the hugely popular humorist, comedian, writer and radio commentator. Sedaris can be heard regularly on NPR’s This American Life, and his essays (often published in The New Yorker and Esquire magazine) have been collected into best-selling books such as Naked, Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day. Much of Sedaris' humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating, and often concerns his family life, his middle-class upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, his Greek heritage, homosexuality, jobs, education, drug use, and obsessive behaviors. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
Presented at The Deane Center, in The Gallery performance space, local actors will read selected essays, short stories, and other pieces from Sedaris’ prolific pen. Join the fun starting at 7 pm. Suggested for mature audiences only.
We're serving hot and cold hors d'oeuvres (to accompany a cash bar) and a plated dinner.
You will have your choice of:
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chambord Sauce
Grilled Chicken Breast with Rosemary & Garlic
~ OR ~
Pasta Primavera with a White Wine Sauce.
Desserts includeapple pie, cheesecake, and chocolate cake.
This evening is a fundraiser at $60 per person to help HG get off to a good start for the next 25 years.
Hamilton-Gibson’s next One Night Stand is a landmark American comedy that has often intrigued audiences because of its unconventional plot, characters, and dialogue. The offbeat play is Edward Albee’s “The American Dream,” whose debut 55 years ago is regarded as the beginning of “the theatre of the absurd” movement in America.
The Hamilton-Gibson production of this one-act play, under the direction of Larry Biddison, will be staged in readers theatre format in the Warehouse Theatre on Central Avenue in Wellsboro. In this form of presentation actors read from scripts, much as radio performers do, using their voices and gestures to bring the characters to life. “I’m very pleased with the cast,” said Biddison. “Rehearsals have been lively, and the characters are hilariously absurd.”
Absurdist plays dispense with conventional notions of character, plot, action, and setting in favor of deliberately unrealistic methods. The characters in “The American Dream,” for instance, have names that do not match reality. In the play “Mommy” isn’t a mother, “Daddy” isn’t a father, and “Grandma” isn’t a grandmother.
Although the 1960 production of “The American Dream” was generally well received, some critics attacked the play for its negativism. However, Albee defended his play as "an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, emasculation, and vacuity; it is a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen."
The characters you’ll meet in the play are Grandma (Nancy Szabo), a wise-cracking old person who can’t remember whether she’s the mother of Mommy or of Daddy; Mommy (Cindy Evans), the household's sadistic disciplinarian; Daddy (Craig Evans), an emasculated masochist; Mrs. Barker (Mary Ginn), a “professional woman” from the Bye-Bye Adoption Agency; and Young Man (Jacob Ritter), the idealized perfect young man: aka, the American Dream.
The sole performance of Hamilton-Gibson’s readers theatre production of “The American Dream” will be at 7:30 on Friday, July 31, in the Warehouse Theatre on Central Avenue in Wellsboro. The admission price is a donation of your choice and includes the post-performance coffee and dessert discussion. For more information or to make reservations, call 570-724-2079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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