Play Reading Series

 

ACAT is pleased to announce BETWEEN THE LINES, a new play reading series presented in partnership with the Waterville Public Library and Waterville Creates!  The play reading series complements ACAT’s main series of staged productions.  The inaugural season of BETWEEN THE LINES consists of four significant plays, presented in dramatic readings in Studio 93 at The Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville.  Each reading will be followed by an open discussion between actors and audience.  ADMISSION IS FREE!

 

A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:00 pm
A Woman of No Importance satirizes upper-class English society at the end of the nineteenth century.  It takes place, for the most part, in the homes of the rich and powerful, where lords, ladies and the clergy socialize and gossip about their contemporaries.  When young Gerald Arbuthnot, a simple bank clerk, is made secretary to Lord Illingworth, a witty and flirtatious man of means, Gerald’s mother objects vehemently.  Mrs. Arbuthnot alone knows the truth about Lord Illingworth’s past, which she is reluctant to reveal to her son.  Can this “woman of no importance” prevail against this man of questionable scruples and immense power?

 

The Seagull by Anton Chekov
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2:00 pm
A play about relationships, love and unrequited love.  Madame Arkadina, a celebrated but fading actress, and her lover, the famous writer Trigorin, are visiting Arkadina’s sickly brother at his country estate.  Arkadina’s son Konstantin, a frustrated playwright, is in love with the ingénue Nina.  Nina, however, seeks the love of Trigorin.  The schoolteacher Medvedenko loves Masha, the daughter of the estate’s steward, but Masha is in love with Konstantin.  Polina, married to Ilya, is having an affair with doctor Dorn.  Chekhov’s play, rich in complex, contradictory characters, requires a large ensemble cast and is considered one of the first plays in modern drama to establish the pre-eminence of character over action.

 

Icebound by Owen Davis
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2:00 pm
The entire Jordan family is in a farmhouse parlor in Veazie, Maine in October 1922.  They await the imminent death of the family matriarch, who lies in the next room, and the subsequent reading of her will.  They all talk about how they’ll spend her money.  All except distant cousin Jane Crosby, who actually loved and cared for the dying woman.  Who will inherit it all, and how will everyone else react?  Written by Maine playwright Owen Davis, Icebound was awarded the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

 

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00 pm
By means of gossip, rumor and eavesdropping, the bickering Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful.  In the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of both couples.  Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies.