By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• Your two cents: Yellow Taxi Productions’ Playwright in Residence Lowell Williams will take your comments and questions after a staged reading of his work in progress, Six Nights in the Black Belt, Thursday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Hunt Building, 6 Main St., Nashua. The script is based on the six nights Keene native and civil rights martyr Jonathan Daniels spent in an Alabama jail in 1965 during the Selma marches. It explores his reasons for wanting to help with the voter registration movement and his friendship with Stokely Carmichael. James Phillips, the Washington, D.C.,-area director who was nominated for a Best Director award by the NH Theatre Awards for his work on Yellow Taxi’s production of The Drawer Boy, will have four days of rehearsal time with the actors before this event. A full production of the play will have a world premiere in Nashua in May. Yellow Taxi’s mission is to develop new plays and playwrights, and part of that process is teaming actors with a playwright and director to explore a new script (yellowtaxiproductions.org). Williams won the 2006 Best Original Professional Production award at the NH Theatre Awards for his last full-length play, The Warmth of the Cold.
• Bare-bones comedy: “Off the MAP staged readings” is a free series from Milford Area Players of “interesting and well-written shows” that the community group couldn’t produce for one reason or another. The comedy Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire is their offering Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. A woman heads to Niagara Falls to check off as many items from her “things to do in life list” as she can after finding the unspeakable in her husband’s sweater drawer. She meets an alcoholic with a barrel, an older couple attempting to be private investigators and various other madcap characters.
Lindsay-Abaire is best known for his plays Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, and Tony-nominated Rabbit Hole. He’s also responsible for adapting High Fidelity as a musical for Broadway.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Sedaris performed in the New York version of Wonder of the World. MAP actors include Mari Keegan of Hudson, Laurie Torosian of Atkinson, Brian Ballou of Litchfield, Vick Bennison of Amherst, and Maria Barry, Robin Gabrielli and Deborah Shaw of Nashua, who will also direct.
The reading is at the Amato Performing Arts Center, 56 Mount Vernon St., Route 13 in Milford, and refreshments will be available.
Suggestions for plays to read or directors to oversee them are welcome (MilfordAreaPlayers.org).