By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — The Gloucester Stage Company continues its commitment to the art of playwriting with its summer play reading series, set to begin next Tuesday at the company’s Gorton’s Theater on East Main Street.
The summer series features three works.
On Tuesday, a play titled “Tyger” by Don Cohen, billed as an exploration of hope and renewal, will open the reading series, with Becky Webber -- best known locally for her portrayal of Judge Biddle’s young administrative assistant in the 2010 and 2011 Gloucester Stage hit drama “Trying” -- reading in a featured role.
The story is about a
widower who hires a tutor for his son, who is grieving his mother’s death. Despite his resistance and the tutor’s mistakes, they eventually connect and the son begins to come back to life. But his father’s attraction to Anna, the tutor, creates a new problem that forces the characters to come to grips with the meaning of love, loyalty, and family.
The work is directed by Daniel Bolton.
The second play is “Miss Price (Revisited)” by John Kuntz, and will be featured in readings on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, with actress Paula Plum.
Kuntz, a Boston playwright, and Plum, an award-winning actress, team up in a re-envisioning of Kuntz’s “Miss Price,” a one actress, two-character play about love, loss and the power of the imagination. The play enjoyed a hit Boston premiere several years ago and, now, Kuntz has penned a new adaptation. This show is directed by David Gammons
The third play is “A Fine Bright Day,” by Philip Goulding, an American premiere, which will be held as a reading on Aug. 20, featuring Nancy Carroll and Will Lyman. This will be directed by Eric Engel.
All readings are at 8 p.m., and will be followed by a discussion with the playwright, cast and director. The suggested donation is $20. Reservations not required. Gloucester Stage Company is at 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. For more information, contact the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.