Reston Community Players’ New Play Project Presents Too Old To Cry Jan. 7By Laura & Mike Clark • Jan 3rd, 2012 • Category: News
The Reston Community Players sent this announcement about their next staged reading, taking place this coming Saturday evening.
The third season of Reston Community Players’ New Play Projects kicks off with the staged reading of Too Old to Cry by Sean David Bennett on January 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reston Community Players’ Rehearsal Hall, 266 Sunset Drive, Herndon. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations are encouraged at restonnewplays -at- aol.com
Directed by Lisa Freese and produced by Rick Schneider, Too Old to Cry tells the story of senior citizen Arthur Ferguson, who has the opportunity to experience love as he enters his twilight years. A woman from his past become more and more a part of his life and his unresolved issues regarding his son’s death become a stumbling block in his ability to devote himself to the burgeoning relationship. Arthur’s acerbic wit, along with the fact that his new girlfriend has an identical twin sister who has a past with Arthur, adds laughter and realism to this look at the complexities of relationships and life.
This is the third reading for Too Old to Cry, which has moved through the developmental process in the New Play Project and is now up for consideration to become a fully-produced play through Reston Community Players next summer. Bennett is an Edward F. Albee Playwriting Fellow. In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship to the Charles University Writers Program, in Prague, Czech Republic, and has previously been a member of three Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensives. His full-length plays include A House Divided a scathing look at clergy sex abuse and the church hierarchy. The sequel, Acts of Communion, concerns end-of-life issues; The Body Language Of Butterflies, a new comedy in the style of Too Old To Cry.
Reston Community Players’ New Play Project offers a full developmental process to aspiring playwrights to gain feedback for their works. The project does not just offer just one reading. Rather, RCP and the New Play Project audiences select some plays for second and third readings. Readings are always free and audience members are encouraged to stay after the play for a talk-back with the author. Audience comments are also used in deciding which plays garner a follow-up reading. The New Play Project will present several new works in 2012. All readings take place at the RCP Rehearsal Hall, 266 Sunset Drive, in Herndon. For more information about Reston Community Players’ New Play Project, see RestonPlayers.org or e-mail restonnewplays -at- aol.com.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.