May 31, 2007

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Curtain calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• New York, New York: It’s not Broadway, but it’s mighty close. Pirate Stage of Southern New Hampshire is taking its production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to the Theatre @ St. Clements at 423 West 46th St. in Manhattan. The venue is in the off-Broadway district, and its rental income supports St. Clements Episcopal Church. Pirate Stage’s Kevin Roberge was a member of the theater-inclined congregation. He is bringing Hedwig, which ran at Muddy River in Portsmouth in April, as a benefit show to help keep the church’s food pantry running. If you are in Manhattan for the weekend, or your friends are, catch the play during its run May 31 through June 3. Visit piratestage.com for tickets. Billy Butler and Jennifer Mallard star.

• Simple staging: Milford Area Players brings an installment of their periodic Off the MAP staged reading series to the Amato Center June 3 at 7 p.m. Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein explores family, love, marriage, parenthood and identity with respect and humor. The play follows the journey of Arnold, a gay man exploring the meaning of life and love with an acerbic wit, and Ed, who is trying to reconcile his place in society with his inner conflicts. Amy Friedman directs.

The free readings give the community theater group a chance to present interesting, well-written plays they can’t fully produce.

Donations received at the performance at 56 Mount Vernon St., Milford, go to the Amato Center Flood Relief Fund. Visit MilfordAreaPlayers.org.

• Brand new: For those playwrights or theater buffs hankering to see some original work, the 35th annual Playwrights Platform Festival runs June 7 through June 16 at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. The festival has local ties. One of the pieces is by Kelly DuMar, a finalist in Yellow Taxi Productions’ Susan McIntyre New Play Festival, and interim president of Playwright’s Platform. Another YTP finalist, Jerry Bisantz, chairs the board. See playwrightsplatform.org for details.

• Wannabee playwrights: New Hampshire Community Technical College in Nashua is co-hosting a Young Playwrights Workshop for students ages 12 to 19 who are interested in writing, acting and filmmaking Aug. 6 through Aug. 10. It’s based on the New York City Young Playwrights Program started 20 years ago by Stephen Sondheim and other dramatists. Sessions run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $150. Thomas Dunn, faculty member at NHCTC and artistic director of The Alchemists’ Workshop, directs with help from the college’s Performing Arts Club. Call 428-3544 or e-mail tdunn@nhctc.edu. The resulting short plays and films will be presented Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. at Room 150 of the campus, 505 Amherst St..


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