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The Play Is the Thing!


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For Those Looking to Act Up at Church: The Play Is the Thing!

From Music Director Dr. Mark Sumner

There is a groundswell of interest in acting up these days—and several among us have recommended what seems to be a most enlightened way of doing such: play readings.

After February's series of services themed Play (and with a number of theater quotes and references heard on those mornings) we have decided to schedule our first Play Reading at First UUSF.

On Tuesday, April 10th, from 7 to 9:30 pm in Fireside Room we will have our first "Acting UUP" night. Hosted this go-round by myself and Lucy Smith, worship associate who quoted from our first play to act up: "The Lady's Not for Burning," a 1948 play by Christopher Fry. It is a romantic comedy set in the Middle Ages ("1400, either more or less exactly") and reflects the world's "exhaustion and despair" following World World II, with a war-weary soldier who wants to die, an accused witch who wants to live, and plenty of witty medieval-style rom-com banter.

Anyone can read any part, and if numbers warrant, we may trade off or even have multiple casts! No reservations are necessary at this point, but potluck snacks are welcome! Limited copies will be made available with possible projections.

If you are interested in hosting a particular play (or dare we say musical!), please let me know and we'll see about scheduling it down the road. We hope this will become part of a series.