JIB Productions' 'Seasons Readings' offers holiday-themed entertainment
Published 7:09 pm, Thursday, December 2, 2010
A new twist on holiday entertainment will debut next month when Seasons Readings hits stages in Greenwich and Westport.
Seasons Readings, comprised of whimsical, humorous and sentimental one-act plays and stories read by professional entertainers, will launch Dec. 9 at the Greenwich Arts Council and be repeated Dec. 16 at the Westport Woman's Club.
Seasons Readings is presented by JIB Productions, creator of Play With Your Food productions. Principals Carole Schweid and Nancy Diamond have added to this year's programming by offering holiday-themed entertainment in a nighttime venue. Schweid hand-picked three short plays and two short stories to be read at the event.
"We've chosen writers who are both world-class and the political voices of their time," she said. "Represented are playwright William J. Lederer, best-known for `The Ugly American,' as well as Grace Paley and Wendy Wasserstein, who spoke for generations of women. A hilarious short play by Frederick Stroppel and selections from the wacky and entertaining `A Tuna Christmas' round out the program."
Stroppel's "On the Bridge" is a tale of a chance encounter by a man and women on Christmas Eve. Wasserstein's "Christmas in Flatbush" is a sentimental recollection of the writer's first Christmas at Mount Holyoke College. Lederer's "A Christmas Ballad for the Captain" is a tribute to the kindness of a wartime leader. "A Tuna Christmas" is a satiric commentary on small-town, Southern life and attitudes. "The Loudest Voice," by Grace Paley, is a story told by young Shirley Abramowitz, who is invited to narrate her school's Christmas pageant.
Susan Terry of Westport and Tom Zingarelli of New Haven and Fairfield are among the Seasons Readings actors.
Performances at each location take place 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The audience is invited to join cast members for eggnog and dessert at the conclusion of each program, and prix fixe pre-theater dinners are available for ticketholders in Westport at Bobby Q's, DaPietro's and Matsu Sushi.
Tickets are $30 per person. For more information, go to www.playwithyourfood.org, call (203) 293-8831 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.