Jan McArt’s New Play Series Schedule For 2015-2016

comtrag2lgJan McArt’s New Play Reading Series at Lynn University, which mounts staged readings of new plays in progress by local authors opens another season this fall with four works.

Nov. 2: The Vivian Vance Story, a play with music by Eric H. Weinberger, directed by John Tolley. Vivian Vance had a difficult and complicated life; from her humble roots in Kansas to the heights she reached as the most famous “second banana” in television history as Ethel Mertz, Lucille Ball’s sidekick in I Love Lucy.

Jan. 11: The Goldberg Variations, a comedy by Stuart Meltzer, the artistic director of Zoetic Stage, directed by Margaret M. Ledford. In a time of crisis, a family is forced to come together after several years of separation to deal with the present, the future and to learn to let go of the past. Told through the lens of each character, the play is a whimsical look at a family breaking apart.

March 7: Middletown, a play by Dan Clancy (Timekeepers), directed by Peter Pileski. Two couples, Don and Dottie Abrams and Tom and Peg Hogan, from Middletown, N.J., reminisce about their friendship of 37 years, their marriages, the birth of their children and grandchildren, their disappointments and their great joys.

April 4: Wave Your Flag! a play with music by Tony Finstrom, directed by Wayne Rudisill, starring Jan McArt. In the fall of 1942, the legendary Super Chief train races from Los Angeles to Chicago filled with movie stars selling war bonds and promoting their new film about Betsy Ross. The film is set to premiere at their final destination, but is there a Nazi spy among them?

All shows are staged at the Wold Performing Arts Center on Lynn’s campus, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Tickets are $10 for each performance or $30 for a series of four. To order, call (561) 237-9000 or go to Lynn.edu/events.

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