May 27, 2010

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Curtain calls
Adam Coughlin acoughlin@hippopress.com

• Representing NH: Londonderry playwright David Tongue’s Scene Changes will be featured in the Playwrights’ Platform Summer Festival of New Plays. The festival is in its 38th year and will be held at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, at 949 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, in June. Tongue said his play is about two actors playing the roles of Bob and Mrs. Cratchit from A Christmas Carol. The part of the play that will be performed at the festival deals with the 30 minutes before the curtain rises and the tension between the two actors. Tongue said he has spent his life acting and directing theater and in 2006 began writing plays, which he now loves. He encouraged young playwrights to join a writing group and to look for festivals that allow submissions. Tickets for the festival cost $17 and can be purchased at 866-811-4111.

• Raising money for kids: The Palace Youth Theatre will hold its annual fundraiser, called “Night of 1000 Stars,” on Friday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St. in Manchester. The event includes a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., with prizes including a Volvo. All proceeds go to supporting the youth theater and scholarships for youngsters who might not otherwise be able to participate, according to Wendy Coffey, the mother of a performer. “The Palace Youth Theatre allows the kids a great opportunity to perform on stage,” Coffey said. The Youth Theatre performs about six shows a year. The fundraiser will highlight selections from all the season’s shows, and more than 100 children will perform. Before June 16, tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. Call 668-5588 or visit www.palacetheatre.org.

• Try out your style: The Nashua Theatre Guild will hold auditions for its upcoming festival production of A Style of the Eye on Tuesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. in the East Wing of the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. in Nashua. The play, by Christopher Durang, is a takeoff on Sam Shepard’s plays like Agnes of God and Glengarry Glen Ross. Roles available include Jake, early 30s; Ma, late 50s-early 70s; Dr. Martina Dysart, 30s or above; Beth, Jake’s wife, 20s-30s; Meg, 40s; Wesley, teen to early 20s; and Mae, 20s. People auditioning should bring a comic monologue no more than a minute long. There will also be cold readings from the script. Contact Director Kevin Riley at 880-0243 or at KPRiley7@aol.com. — Adam Coughlin


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