The Margret and H.A. Rey Center is offering a new program at the Curious George Cottage in Waterville Valley – the Friday Night Summer Series of educational and entertaining presentations and stage readings.
The Friday Night Summer Series kicks off tonight, Friday, July 6, with a stage reading at 6 p.m.
Apparently, I’m not very worldly because I’d never heard of a stage reading. A quick visit to Wikipedia explains that “A stage reading is a form of theatre without sets or full costumes. The actors, who read from scripts, may be seated, stand in fixed positions, or incorporate minimal stage movement.”
Local man about town, David Skolnick, will join New York City actor, Ian Conner, at the Curious George Cottage for a stage reading of ‘Visiting Mr. Green.’ The stage play is about 86-year-old widower, Mr. Green, who is almost hit by a car driven by young corporate executive, Ross Gardiner. Found guilty of reckless driving, Ross is ordered to spend the next six months making weekly visits to Mr. Green. What starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room together develops into drama, as family secrets are revealed and old wounds are opened.
David Skolnick lives down the road in Campton with his lovely wife Marlena. He was a speech and drama major and worked with some great comics, including Jerry Lewis, Buddy Hackett, Shecky Greene. David did stand-up comedy at every opportunity and performed in summer stock theatre. Then the real world intervened – a stint in the Coast Guard, grad school, family and a career in fashion design, marketing and sales.
Ian Conner is from New York City. He holds a BFA in musical theater and a minor in dance. He has worked for professional theater companies in New Jersey, New Hampshire, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Ian also runs his own company, 90 Second Auditions.
Join us at the Curious George Cottage tonight at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but your generous donation is greatly appreciated and helps support the programming of the non-profit Margret and H.A. Rey Center.