Saturday, May 10, 2008

Staged Reading Series Review: Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's inaugural staged reading series comes to a close on Tuesday, May 13, with Lonely Planet, we'll do a brief overview about the previous readings this week. To date, there have been four nights of staged readings and five scripts read during the 2007-2008 season. Each was performed in the Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette on the Tuesday after the opening night for each Civic MainStage production.

Two one-act plays had their world premieres during the staged reading series. Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin by Deborah Gray was directed by John David Collier; A Very Bad Day for Brandon Butterworth by Scott Haan was directed by Julia Colby. They were read April 8, 2008. They were presented with Crowns.

In Deborah Gray’s drama Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin, sisters Lucy and Tessa settle in for drinks and conversation on the balcony of Tessa’s stylish Manhattan apartment. Tessa has lived a very successful life, while Lucy hasn’t been as fortunate as she moves from one unsuccessful marriage to another. Although filled with humor, the play turns dark as Lucy blames Tessa for her problems and questions Tessa's selfish motives. In a shocking climax, Tessa reveals a horrible secret to Lucy, one that she has kept to herself for decades.

The cast for the staged reading of Pia Zadora Sings Gershwin was:

Lucy — Dixie Pederson
Tessa — Thea Strand

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