A Noise Within (ANW) is presenting The American Dream, a special weekend of staged readings of American plays that will take place on Friday, July 22, Saturday July 23, and Sunday July 24, 2016. All the readings will be free to the community but reservations are required. There will also be some optional receptions and meals throughout the weekend available for purchase at $25 each.
The three day festival will feature six free staged readings of works from great American playwrights, as follows:
FRIDAY JULY 22 AT 7PM – BROKEN GLASS BY ARTHUR MILLER – A tender portrait of regular people struggling to connect with one another, it is a powerful and memorable theatrical experience that deals with identity, the roots of illness, and the effects of anti-Semitism, as well as the consequences of assimilation.
SATURDAY JULY 23 AT 2PM – ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART ONE: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES BY TONY KUSHNER – Looks at the 1990s AIDS crisis through a series of overlapping narratives made accessible by the biting dark humor that balances it. (For mature audiences only – contains adult language and themes)
SUNDAY JULY 24 AT 3PM– A RAISIN IN THE SUN BY LORRAINE HANSBERRY – examines generational clashes, the civil rights movement, and feminism through the lens of an African-American family searching for the American Dream in suburban Chicago.
SATURDAY JULY 23 AND SUNDAY JULY 24 AT 7PM – CHRISTOPHER DURANG ONE ACTS –The Actor’s Nightmare – a short comic play involving an accountant named George Spelvin who is mistaken for an actor’s understudy and forced to perform in a play for which he does not know any of his lines. Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You – A biting, irreverent and uproariously funny satire aims its barbs at organized religion and strikes home with hilarious results.
SATURDAY JULY 23 AND SUNDAY JULY 24 AT 7PM – 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS – (PERFORMS AT THE SAME TIME AS DURANG ONE ACTS)
– a 1946 one-act play that Williams referred to as “a Mississippi Delta comedy.” In it, Jake, a middle-aged, shady cotton gin owner burns down the mill of Silva Vicarro, his rival in the cotton business. Then Vicarro, who knows what happened but cannot prove it, seeks revenge by seducing Jake’s young, frail, delicate wife, Flora. Elia Kazan’s controversial 1956 film “Baby Doll” was based on this play.
A post-reading reception on Friday, July 22, and catered onsite dinners on Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24, can each be purchased in advance for $25. Audience members who donate $125 to A Noise Within prior to the event will receive a full weekend pass to all the readings, events, and receptions.
All the readings will be held at A Noise Within, 3352 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. You can reserve your space, free of charge, at http://www.anoisewithin.org/theamericandream
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