"One Night Delights” is bringing the concept of a monthly reader’s theater (with a twist) to the David Ogden Stiers Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center (PAC). Four local theatre companies (Coastal Act Productions, New Visions Arts, Porthole Players, and Red Octopus Theatre Company) are joining together for an exciting new series to benefit the Entertain the Future! PAC Capital Campaign. These one-night-only performances will feature a play reading paired with a delicious “delight” – a dessert or savory treat, included with the price of admission.
Reader’s Theatre is a proud American tradition and a wonderful way to truly savor a playwright’s work. Actors carry their scripts and tell the story using their voice and posture to convey emotion. The absence of elaborate sets and costumes puts the emphasis on the words and each performer’s oral interpretation of their character.
Mark your calendars for the third Wednesday of the month! The first performance at 7 p.m. Apr. 17 features Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” brought to you by Porthole Players and directed by Shawn Brateng, with elderberry scones and fresh clotted cream provided by La Maison Bistro in Newport. General admission tickets at $15 per person (plus fees) are available through the PAC box office.
The series continues at 7 p.m. May 15 with a performance of Sam Shepard’s “True West,” brought to you by Red Octopus Theatre Company and directed by Ron Miller; then comes "Jeffrey," from Porthole Players at 7 p.m. June 12, with German chocolate cake compliments of the cast.
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