Montgomery Playhouse Launches Staged Reading Series
at The Arts Barn
In partnership with Montgomery Playhouse, Arts on the Green presents The Spotlight Series, three staged readings that explore “Tales of Wonder.” The Sunday evening performances include An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe on March 29, adapted by Robert Mason, The Cave Dwellers by William Saroyan on April 19, and The Reluctant Dragon by Ed Monk on June 14, based on the story by Kenneth Grahame. All take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road. Admission is $10 per staged reading.
March 29 – Enter the wonderfully creepy world of Edgar Allan Poe with six faithful adaptations of some of his most haunting works. From old favorites such as “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” to lesser known gems like “The Oblong Box” and “The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether,” this collection of short plays represents Poe at his most horrifying. Appropriate for ages 16+.
April 19 – The Cave Dwellers explores the adventures of homeless people camping out on the stage of an abandoned theatre that is about to be torn down and replaced with a housing project. One who calls herself “the Queen” is the ruin of a former actress. “The King” used to be a celebrated clown. “The Duke” was once a prizefight champion. “The Girl” (too young to have been famous at anything) is a homeless, frightened wretch who comes in off the streets. Although food is scarce and the cold is congealing, the characters have glowing spirits and wonderful memories of their triumphant days. Humor, grace, innocence and improvisation distinguish this Broadway classic. Appropriate for ages 16+.
June 14 – In the zany village of Veesaldorf, a young girl named Charity is more interested in fairy tales than her daily farm chore of painting the pigs. To her delight, her dreams of adventure come true one day when she finds a poetry-loving dragon in the woods. But her new friendship is quickly threatened when the frightened villagers call for Sir Wombat to slay the dragon. Can Charity come up with a plan to save her friend and convince the village that dragons are peaceful creatures? The Reluctant Dragon is appropriate for ages 10+.
Each performance will be followed by a short talkback with the audience.
The Montgomery Playhouse is the oldest continuously performing community theater in the Washington Metropolitan region.
Arts on the Green is the City of Gaithersburg’s premier center for the performing and visual arts.
Join us before the show and enjoy wine by the glass, Flying Dog beer, and non-alcoholic beverages in a bistro setting. The Pub is open one hour before the show and during intermission.