Intrepid presents staged readings monthly at the Encinitas Library. Each reading begins with a complimentary wine and appetizer reception and is followed by an opportunity to talk with the director and actors. The doors open at 6:30pm and the evenings typically end between 9pm and 10pm.
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To rsvp to your selected shows, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Intrepid Office at (760) 295-7541.
2015 STAGED READING SERIES
Monday, January 19
LUV by Murray Schisgal
One of Broadway’s brightest comedy hits. Luv concerns two college friends – misfit Harry and materialistic Milt – who are reunited when the latter stops the former from jumping off a bridge. Each discovers the other is equally miserable as they share hard-luck stories. Milt sees in Harry an answer to his primary problem – his wife Ellen, who he tries to foist on his old pal so he can run off with his mistress. The play abounds in romantic high jinks and the greater their misunderstandings and problems, the more the audience laughs.
“An evening of unalloyed pleasure, of sustained and perfect comedy, of total, tempestuous and glorious glee.” – NY World-Telegram & Sun.
Monday, February 23
OLD TIMES by Harold Pinter
At a remote farmhouse on the English seaside, Anna pays an unexpected visit to Kate and her husband Deeley, seemingly to reminisce about all of those adventures they shared in London 20 years ago. But memory can be a funny thing, full of selfish needs and manipulative fictions.
“Cunning, sexy, ultimately highly disturbing…” – NY Times
Monday, March 23
MY CHILDREN, MY AFRICA by Athol Fugard
In this three-character thriller set in segregated South Africa, a humane black teacher tries to convince a favorite student that education, not violence, is the answer to the nation’s problems. Written in 1989 shortly before the end of apartheid, My Children! My Africa! presents an honest and unflinching portrait of a country on the brink of revolution, and is a testament to the power and potential of youth, hope, and ideas.
“Fugard’s brilliant characterizations make this play a fascinating excursion into the politics of South Africa.” – Chicago Reader.
Monday, April 27
SUENO by Jose Rivera
Sueno is Obie Award-winning playwright Jose Rivera’s translation and adaptation of Calderon de la Barca’s classic Life Is a Dream. Sueno is written in sharp contemporary language but it nevertheless seeks to ask the eternal questions posed by Calderon: What is man—an angel or an animal? What is honor? What is freedom? If life is a dream, who is dreaming us? Could God Himself be the greatest dream of all?
“Rivera has retained Calderon’s storyline and vision while streamlining it and updating its language. His version is utterly absorbing.” - Variety
Monday, May 18
SAVAGE IN LIMBO by John Patrick Shanley
An arresting and brilliantly inventive play which moves from comedy to near tragedy as it explores the hopes and dreams of a group of rootless young “losers” who congregate in an anonymous Bronx bar, hoping to find respite from the drabness of their lives.
“Although filled with comic lines, Savage in Limbo has the serious intent of laying bare the unstated dreams and thwarted possibilities of its artfully drawn denizens.” —Drama-Logue.
Monday, June 22
AFTER ALL THE TERRIBLE THINGS I DO by A. Rey Pamatmat
A poignant, new American drama finds Daniel, a writer, fresh out of college, returning to his Midwestern hometown to regain his sense of self. He takes a job at a local bookstore owned by Linda, an émigré from the Philippines, and soon after, they realize their connection is much deeper than a shared love of literature. Together they will have to face the trauma of their pasts to create second chances for themselves—but can they find forgiveness?
“… beautiful and painfully realistic… Pamatmat’s insight into his young characters’ complex emotional lives rings true.” – Stage Left
Monday, July 27
FULL GALLOP by Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson
As editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines, Diana Vreeland stood at the center of American style for five decades, chronicling the extraordinary people and events of her time. Full Gallop is a portrait of this remarkable woman at a turning point in her life. One Woman Show
“Full Gallop is, as Vreeland herself might have said, divine, divine, divine!” —NY Daily News.
Monday, August 24
OUR LADY OF 121st STREET by Stephen Adly Guirgis
The Ortiz Funeral Room is in big trouble: The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her proper return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures. The characters in this dark, insightful and very funny comedy inevitably square off on each other, motivated by rage, pain and a scary desire to come clean—perhaps for the first time.
“A scorching and dark new comedy…Mr. Guirgis has one of the finest imaginations for dialogue to come along in years.” —NY Times.
Monday, September 28
HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen
Hedda Gabler has returned from an extended honeymoon with her kind but tediously academic husband. Beautiful, self-possessed and also haunted, she is already bored of marriage. Suffocated by bourgeois society and disdainful of intellectual pursuits, she tries to fulfill her aimless desires by manipulating the fates of those around her – with tragic results. Offering no easy answers, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler is a fascinating, paradoxical portrait of a woman slipping into despair as her options narrow in a world expanding for both sexes.
“Hedda is one of those female stage monsters – think Medea, Lady Macbeth, or Martha from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – whose motivations and true nature invite endless speculation.” – NY Times.
Monday, October 26
MUD RIVER STONE by Lynn Nottage
An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway, finding themselves stranded during the rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. As the rains continue, their comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for his mother. Relationships are tested by the volatile politics of Africa, as we learn what the hungry human spirit will do for food and a warm blanket.
“Each of Nottage’s characters is a rich bundle of ideas and issues, as well as a sharp but sympathetic psychological portrait.” – Village Voice.
Monday, November 23
THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY by Edward Albee
Boy and Girl are a blissful young couple, living in their own private Eden. They’ve got a beautiful new baby. Or do they? The arrival of Man and Woman, with their worldly ways and verbal sparring, blurs the line between reality and fiction, and brings Boy and Girl to the edge of doubt about everything they once believed.
“One of the few genuinely great living American dramatists…” - NY Times.
Saturday, December 12
The Encinitas Library is located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024