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NSRTC – John Cage, Max Yasgur, and the Last Great Tummler Walk Into Arlene’s Roadside Cafe Near Woodstock, New York – by David Susman 20210508
May 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Talkback immediately following
Directed by Kimberly Holiday
In 1952, at a backwoods café in the Catskill Mountains, a chance encounter between an avant-garde musician, a second-rate comedian, and a mild-mannered farmer leads to a discussion about art, ambition, and the American future. As peace and prosperity approach, each character faces a choice: to embrace the world ahead, or upend history with a single gesture. Sharing their dreams and fears, consuming cheap food and cheaper jokes, they come to their decisions.
David Susman is a Maine-based playwright, essayist, and teacher. His one-act plays have been staged at venues across the United States and in Canada, and published in anthologies by Smith and Kraus and Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. His play “Stuck” was recently made into a
short film directed by and starring Steve Blackwood, with screenings at the Boston International Film Festival, the Silver State Film Festival, and the Solaris Film Festival.
The audience is invited to participate in a feedback session to help the playwright develop the play.
North Shore Readers Theater Collaborative—Established in 2006, sponsors ten events a year at TASN. On the second Saturday of every month from September to June new plays from local and regional playwrights are presented in a Readers Theatre format before an audience, followed by a moderated talkback. This provides playwrights an essential step in play development and local actors and directors the opportunity to work in the Readers Theatre format. A number of plays in the series have won awards and have been produced locally and internationally.
When: Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m.
Where: Zoom Link – With a “Talkback” after