STURGEON BAY, Wisconsin (WFRV) – Third Avenue Playhouse will close its “PlayWorks 2021” season this week with Kenneth Jones’ drama “Two Henrys”.
The live reading show begins at 7 p.m. on June 18. Tickets are free and donations are accepted. Info: thirdavenueplayhouse.com.
The direction is by James Valcq, co-artistic director of Third Avenue Playhouse.
The three actors are members of Equity, the actors’ union.
This year’s series of play readings has been extended in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic and in part because the theater is undergoing renovations.
Story Snapshot: In the dead of winter, Henry flies from New York to Florida to offer his condolences at the funeral of a father figure he never knew. But with the booze flowing, are the surviving widow and her adult daughter ready to raise a drink to the unexpected guest? Set in 2012, between the twilight of the worst days of the AIDS crisis and the dawn of marriage equality, “Two Henrys” is a humorous drama about guilt and grief, perceptions and prejudices and the desire to find a family.
The play contains strong language and adult situations.
+ Kenneth jones is a playwright, librettist and lyricist. His play “Alabama Story” was nominated in 2016 for the Steinberg / American Theater Critics Association New Play Award and was a finalist in 2014 at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. It has been seen in over 40 cities across the country and was produced by the Peninsula Players Theater in Door County. Other pieces: “Last Call at the Old Slave Quarters Lounge” (Florida Studio Theater commission 2020-21); “Hollywood, Nebraska” (developed as part of the NewTACTics New Play Festival off-Broadway, from the Lab series at the Actors Theater of Indiana, Wyoming Theater Festival); “Circa 1976” (semi-finalist of PNJ O’Neill 2018); “Ten minutes on a bench”; “Tortilla Messiah. »Musicals:« It Happened One Christmas », co-conceived with Karen Azenberg (Pioneer Theater, 2015); “Naughty / Nice”, with composer Gerald Stockstill (published by stagerights.com); “Voice of the City”, with composer Elaine Chelton (developed by York Theater Company and Human Race
+ Susan Sweeney (Constance) has been a voice / speech / text / dialect coach for professional theaters for 35 years. Included are the Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Madison Repertory Theater, Skylight Opera Theater, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Walnut Street Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Virginia Stage Company and Shakespeare Festivals of Colorado, Illinois, Utah, Sedona and Oregon. In 2006, Sweeney was the dialect trainer for Francesca Zambello’s production of “ShowBoat”, featuring a cast of 85 singer-actors, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. From 2001 to 2013, Sweeney served as Head of Voice and Text, coaching over 40 productions at the American Players Theater. She was on the faculty of the Professional Theater Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1981 to 1989, then moved with the program to the University of Delaware.
+ Bernard Dotson (Henry), originally from Los Angeles, began performing nationally and internationally singing the “Walt Disney Songbook”. While working for the Disney Company, he appeared on television shows singing in English, French, German and Japanese. New York concerts include vocals to music by Frank Loesser with The New York Philharmonic, the 2012 hit production of “Merrily We Roll Along”, directed by James Lapine, “Finian’s Rainbow”, “Encores Broadway Bash” and “Dreamgirls” for the benefit of the Actors’ Fund. Dotson has been seen on Broadway in “Finian’s Rainbow”, “Chicago”, “Imaginary Friends”, “Sweet Smell of Success”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Ragtime”.
+ Beverly neighborhood (Amy) a Bev worked on Broadway (“Anastasia.” “Epic Proportions”); Off-Broadway (“A Child’s Christmas in Wales”; in London; “Crazy for You”; on National Tours: “Billy Elliot”, “Crazy for You” and Hal Prince’s “Showboat In 2018, Ward moved to the arts administration and held a position with the Rubicon Theater Company in Ventura, Calif., Where she raises funds for that organization. Also a writer, she collaborates with her husband, Kirby. Ward Their Oscar Wilde musical adaptation “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” will be part of Rubicon’s main season in 2023. A Christmas musical they are writing is slated for production in 2022 in Bogotá, in Colombia.
+ Jacques Valcq (director) composes, performs, directs and helps guide Third Avenue Playhouse. He has composed for the theater (“La La Lucille”, “The Velvet Gentleman”, etc.) and has co-written shows such as “Boxcar” for the Northern Sky Theater of Door County and “The Spitfire Grill”, which has had more than 700 productions in the world.