New Haven Theater Company has just announced that they’re doing a playreading—two plays, actually, one full-length and one one-act—of new work by company member Drew Gray, 8 p.m. August 8 at Luck & Levity Brewshop, 118 Court Street.
If that address sounds familiar, before the site was leased to the brewshop, NHTC staged several full productions at 118 Court, over the course of several years. That includes Waiting for Lefty, Urinetown and Picasso in the Lapin Agile.
The reading, which has no admission charge, no reservations required and even a free pre-show reception at 7:30 p.m., includes The Magician (performed by Megan Chenot, Peter Chenot and George Kulp) and the short play A Tall Hill… …A Warm Day (performed by Hallie Martenson and Steven Scarpa).
According to a press release, “The Magician tells the story of Mark Wonderton, a jaded professional magician who performs at the dingy Four Movements Casino on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Following a forgettable matinee on a forgettable afternoon, Mark and his young hotheaded manager, Ronnie, go through their traditional routine of drinking whiskey and reminiscing. When Mark receives some unexpected news, he is lead to question the nature of his life and work, culminating in the performance of a lifetime during his evening show.” A Tall Hill… is described thus: “a character sits alone in a dimly-lit room communing with the ghost of a lost love. Reliving dreams, heartbreaks and now dashed hopes, this poetic piece is a meditation on love, loss and coming to terms with the things left unsaid.”
I’ve been a fan of New Haven Theater Company for years, and even directed a show for the company in one of its earlier incarnations back in the late 1990s at BAR. Some of the current members—in fact everyone involved in these readings, with the exception of George Kulp—have performed at the Get to the Point! spoken word series I host monthly at Café Nine. (The photo above shows George Kulp, Peter Chenot and Drew Gray, from left to right, creatively cropped from a publicity shot for an aborted NHTC production of Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked).
Hard not to applaud new work being shown in a comfortable downtown space. For details, see http://www.newhaventheatercompany.com/