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Palm Beach Dramaworks announces 3rd "Master Playwright Series"

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Palm Beach Dramaworks announces 3rd "Master Playwright Series"

Oct 15 2009
Palm Beach Dramaworks

West Palm Beach's only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks is proud to announce the 3rd year of their new educational initiative "Master Playwright Series"--examining the life, work and contributions of the world's great playwrights--inspired and produced by Mark Perlberg, and sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker. The Master Playwright Series, beginning in October and running into June, examines three playwrights, with eight evenings devoted to each playwright. Scene readings from various plays as well as full staged readings will be presented including: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, The Old Neighborhood by David Mamet and Hay Fever by Noel Coward. In addition to the readings, the evenings will invite audience participation, discussion and an overview of the work and themes of each playwright. The Master Playwright Series was developed as part of the Dramaworks' educational initiative. Young theatre artists participate as directorial assistants. The students work side by side with a professional director to research and prepare each of the presentations. The first of the three playwrights examined will be Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tennessee Williams. Tennessee Williams Overview, a series of scenes from various Williams plays, will be presented on October 26th, October 27th, November 2nd, and November 3rd followed by a staged reading of The Glass Menagerie on November 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th. The Glass Menagerie, written in 1945, centers around Amanda Wingfield and her two children, Tom and Laura. Amanda, a faded remnant of Southern sophistication, strives to give her children meaning and purpose to their lives, though she only manages to drive them to distraction and disillusion. When an acquaintance of Tom's comes to dinner, their unrealistic view of the world soon crashes around them. David Mamet Overview will follow on December 28th, 29th, January 4th and January 5th with a reading of The Old Neighborhood on January 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th. A trilogy of one-act plays, The Old Neighborhood follows Bobby Gould, a middle-aged man who returns to his old Chicago neighborhood. His encounters with his past--a boyhood friend, his sister, a former girlfriend--shed light on his present. The third set of evenings will highlight the work of Noel Coward. On May 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th scenes from his plays will be performed as part of the Noel Coward Overview followed by a reading of Hay Fever on May 24th, 25th, June 1st and June 4th. Written in 1924, Hay Fever, a comedy of manners that made Noel Coward one of the most popular playwrights of the 30s and 40s, is set in an English country house in the 1920s. Four members of the eccentric Bliss family each invite a guest for the weekend. Self-centered and outlandish behavior soon causes their houseguests to flee, all to the oblivion of the Blisses. For more information about the Master Playwright Series, click here.