Pia Haas, a theater lover who does publicity for Westchester Broadway Theatre, is also a key player in the Armonk Players, directing and doing all sorts of creative things. She sent me news about a couple of readings the Players will be doing at Whipporwill Hall, 19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk.
Tomorrow night at 8, it’s “Family Secrets” by Norman Barasch, directed by Joanne Hudson. With Reyna de Courcy, Danielle Di Vecchio, Ralph Elias, Nick Maccorone and Larry Reina. Admission: Free (voluntary donations cheerfully accepted)
Please join us for a reading of a new play, Family Secrets, and meet with the three-time Emmy nominated playwright Norman Barasch. Mr. Barasch will be offering his newly published memoir for sale, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. to benefit the North Castle Public Library (cash or checks made out to FNCPL, Inc. please!).
Synopsis: A playwright decides to write a play about the death of his daughter, emotionally unable to deal with his grief in any other way. When in the course of directing the play the vulnerable playwright is lured into an affair with an aggressive young actress, life suddenly parallels art.
Mr. Barasch (playwright) is a three-time Emmy nominated television comedy writer and the author of two Broadway shows, Make a Million and Send Me No Flowers, which later became a hit movie starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day. His newly published memoir, The Joy of Laughter: My Life as a Comedy Writer, takes readers on his personal journey from the impoverished depths of the Great Depression to the top of his profession. He helped produce laugh lines and sketches for numerous comedy stars, from gagster Henny Youngman, Fred Allen, Herb Shriner during the heyday of radio to Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett, Dom DeLuise, Alan King, Nathan Lane, Valerie Harper, for the Benson and Rhoda television series, and countless others stars of variety shows and sitcoms. His book provides a close-up, behind-the-scenes look at professional and personal shenanigans of the show business community from Broadway to Beverly Hills.
Next Wednesday, May 5 at 8, it’s “You Don’t Say,” by Melissa Jane Martin, directed by Melissa Jane Martin and Jeff Stone. With Lynne Barasch, Nancy Jane Blake, Melissa Jane Martin, Monica O’Brien, Lori Sachare, Jeff Stone and Anthony Valbiro. Admission: Free (voluntary donations cheerfully accepted)
“You Don’t Say” is about seven seemingly different characters, each one in the midst of a personal crisis of varying severity that cause each of them to review their life choices. The play takes place all in one evening at a small diner. The action occurs as each character examines his or her life in an attempt to resolve their current struggles. Each of their personal reflections leads back to the loss of their virginity and how this experience directed the paths their personal lives have taken.
As the action of thought and word unfolds, the audience becomes privy to the characters’ internal dialogue, what they “don’t say.” These unspoken words or thoughts often sound alike despite the characters external differences and their spoken words.
The play proposes that the early circumstances one finds oneself confronted with influences not only the way in which one loses one’s virginity but also much of what happens from that moment on.
The play asks, “What would life be like if we were unafraid to share our stories? Would loneliness be diminished? Would we feel more connected to one another? Would we gain more compassion for our fellow man? Would sharing our unspoken thoughts about our lives make any difference at all?”
What is it “You Don’t Say?”
Receptions follow both readings.