See the ‘Play by Play’ festival

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  There a festival of readings of five new full-length plays coming to Northampton and Meryl Cohn, Liesel de Boor and Tanyss Rhea Martula told us more.

Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Maybe, Probably
Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. – Curtain Call
Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Pleasure Cruise
Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. – The Final Say
Friday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. – Safe Lodging
Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. – The Final Say
Sunday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m. – Safe Lodging

A.P.E. Gallery
126 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

About Play by Play:
Northampton Playwrights Lab presents Play by Play, a festival of readings of five new full-length plays by Leanna James Blackwell, Stephanie Carlson, Meryl Cohn, Tanyss Rhea Martula, and Eric Henry Sanders. The Lab, originally founded by Meryl Cohn, is a development workshop and creative laboratory for professional playwrights with a 10-year history in Northampton. Members have had their work produced at theatres in New York, Boston, Cape Cod, Provincetown, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Berkshires, and the Pioneer Valley. Play by Play, which features local professional actors and musicians, is a celebration of local talent and a new way to introduce theatre audiences to the innovative work being created by playwrights in the Valley. The festival will feature a different play each night. Each play is full-length and will be performed in Northampton’s beautiful A.P.E. Gallery, a popular space for art exhibits, literary readings, and theatrical performances. A reception will follow each performance. An early arrival is recommended. Seating is limited and there are no reservations.

About the Plays:
Maybe, Probably
by Eric Henry Sanders.
A smart new comedy about a young couple and their friends in Park Slope during the ten months before the birth of their first baby. Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer.

Curtain Call
by Leanna James Blackwell.
In this comic drama about actors, adultery, death, and Venice, a long-married couple in a Shakespearean theatre company confront the essential questions of art, love, and loss in world in which time runs backward. Directed by the playwright as a semi-staged reading and featuring Lisa Abend, Stephanie Carlson, Susan Daniels, Harley Erdman, Tim Holcomb, Keith Langsdale, and Rich Vaden.

Pleasure Cruise
by Stephanie Carlson.
Cruise-line cutbacks, a meddling mother-in-law, and Bermuda love triangles cause a couple to get more than they bargained for in this farcical comedy with a classic heart. Directed by the playwright and featuring Lisa Abend, Frank Aronson, John Bruner, Carissa Marie Dagenais, Hilary Caws-Elwitt, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, Jarice Hanson, Marcia Morrison, Sam Samuels, Dawn Tucker and Sara Whitcomb.

The Final Say
by Meryl Cohn.
In this comedy/drama, an outspoken young playwright who believes that her grandmother’s past has been stolen grapples with the question of who owns a story – and must decide how far to go to protect her beliefs. Directed by Liesel de Boor and featuring Susanna Apgar, Rachel Braidman, Scott Braidman, Matt Haas, Miriam Moss, Emily Tanch, and Julie Waggoner.

Safe Lodging
by Tanyss Rhea Martula.
A wacky drama of delusion, obsession, and chihuahuas, in which an older family is turned upside down by one of its own. Directed by Toby Bercovici and featuring Frank Aronson, Mary Beth Brooker, Cate Damon, Matthew Haas and Jarice Hanson. Live music performed by clarinetist Susan Martula of the Albany Symphony.

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