Weston Playhouse presents new work, 'Native Authors'

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WESTON — As part of the Weston Playhouse New Works program, there will be a free staged reading of "Native Authors" at Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Written by Erik Brogger, this new play based on the short stories of Weldon Kees. Set in a community not unlike our own here in Vermont, this play is a portrait of a small town — Weston, Nebraska — attempting to get on the map during the Great Depression.

Brogger's plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in regional theaters throughout the country and in the UK. For the past 30 years, he has taught creative writing and playwriting at Hofstra University. His recent work includes the teleplay "The Futurists."

"Native Authors" features three actors playing a variety of roles. Audiences will recognize David Bonanno from this summer's "The Fantasticks," in addition to many other Weston credits. Joining him are Leslie Fray and Tim Nicolai. The reading will be directed by Mary B. Robinson, who also directed "Copenhagen," "All My Sons," and "A Doll's House Part 2" at Weston.

David Bonanno's memorable productions at the Playhouse over the past 30 years include "Fun Home," "The Music Man," "Of Mice and Men," "Death of a Salesman" and "Floyd Collins," as well as countless Cabarets.

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Bonanno was in the original Broadway company of "The Light in the Piazza," the Chicago companies of "Ragtime" and "Lend Me a Tenor," and the National Tour of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," as well as regional theaters including The Goodman, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, and more.

Tim Nicolai appeared in "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway. Additional NYC credits include "Plenty," "Othello," "The Tempest" and "Cymbeline." He appeared on television in "Prodigal Son," "Madam Secretary," "Search Party" and Amazon's "Z."

Leslie Fray is a graduate of the MFA Acting Program at NYU Tisch. Past theatre productions include "Queens" at La Jolla Playhouse, "The Rose Tattoo" at Williamstown Theatre Festival and "Caught" with the Play Company. She has also appeared on TV's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Sinner," "New Amsterdam" and "Elementary," and next year will appear on HBO's "Plot Against America."

Director Mary B. Robinson is a Drama Desk nominee, a Barrymore Award winner, and the first recipient of the Alan Schneider Award. She has taught in the MFA Directing program at Brooklyn College for over 20 years, and is the author of "Directing Plays, Directing People," published by Smith and Kraus. Weston audiences will recognize her previous work at Weston directing "Copenhagen," "All My Sons" and "A Doll's House Part 2."

The staged reading is free. Reserve tickets at westonplayhouse.org/specialevents.

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is a non-profit organization supported in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and an ever-growing family of individuals and organizations who believe in the impact that the performing arts makes on its community.


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