Third Avenue Playhouse announces the cast for the staged reading of BIRTHDAY BOYS by TAP’s own Robert Boles and DOLORES by Edward Allan Baker. Featuring Ginger Auld, Mark Moede, Katie Lott, and Amy Ensign, the two one act plays make up the first in a series of eight evenings celebrating play writing as part of TAP’s annual WINTER PLAY READING FESTIVAL. The performance is Thursday, February 16 at 7:30.
Winner of “The 25th Anniversary Award For Theatrical Excellence” by the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Baker’s DOLORES gives us a peek into the lives of two sisters (Ensign and Lott) as they navigate through a crisis. Set in Providence, Rhode Island. the action takes us back to a Sunday afternoon In Sandra’s (played by Katie Lott) kitchen. Her quiet afternoon is interrupted when Dolores (Amy Ensign) bursts in, pleading for refuge.
Published by Dramatists Play Service in 1991, DOLORES is featured in BEST SHORT PLAYS OF 1989 and was first performed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, featuring Joan Allen in the title role. Later developed into a Showtime screenplay, featuring Judith Ivey, DOLORES is the story of two sisters drawn together because of domestic violence which influences the lives of both characters more than they’ve ever admitted.
Recently seen in TAP’s StageKids production of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, Katie Lott is featured on the vocal jazz album BLUE SHOES. Lott is also a major contributor to written publications all over Door County. She is joined by Amy Ensign, from TAP’s SHIRLEY VALENTINE, TALLEY’S FOLLY, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, 39 STEPS, and ALMOST MAINE.
Robert Boles wrote the evening’s companion piece, BIRTHDAY BOYS while in a play writing class taught by the DOLORES playwright, Edward Allan Baker. The piece developed from a writing exercise Baker assigned his students. They were to look through the newspaper and choose an article on which to base a play. BIRTHDAY BOYS was born.
A study of the love between a Mother and son, BIRTHDAY BOYS was part of new play festivals in Massachusetts and Florida and won the Lipkin prize.
BIRTHDAY BOYS features Mark Moede and Ginger Auld. Last seen in TAPs LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, Ms. Auld is also featured in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN on Febrary 25 of TAP’s play reading Festival. Moede has been in productions with Northern Sky Theater, Door Shakespeare, his own Theatre M., and in TAP’s THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES and THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. Moede was last seen in the Peninsula Players production of THE FULL MONTY.
DOLORES and BIRTHDAY BOYS are the first in a series of eight days of celebrating play writing in TAP’s WINTER PLAY READING FESTIVAL. Take in a new play every day from February 16-19 and February 23-26, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00. Pay-what-you-can at the door.