Rochester Fringe Play Reading Series at Blackfriars Theatre

The 2012-2013 Rochester Fringe Play Reading Series will take place at Blackfriars Theatre this year. The schedule is as follows:

September 29 - Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck
In this black comedy, stamp collecting is far more risky than you think. After their mother's death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters' world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.

December 8 - Love Song by John Kolvenbach
2007 Olivier Award Nominee, Best New Comedy.
THE STORY: Beane is an exile from life—an oddball. His well-meaning sister, Joan, and brother-in-law, Harry, try and make time for him in their busy lives, but no one can get through. Following a burglary on Beane's apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the story behind his mysterious new love, Molly. Funny, enchanting and wonderfully touching, John Kolvenbach's offbeat comedy is a rhapsody to the power of love in all its forms.
"One of the best new plays of the year. A smashing, compassionate new play."
—Daily Telegraph (London)

January 26 - Mr. Bundy by Jane Martin
This powerful drama examines the fears of parents driven to do "the right thing" when the safety of their daughter is in doubt. A mother and father who learn that the next door neighbor is a convicted child molester consider both vigilance and vigilantism before being forced into action by a pair of child advocacy crusaders. The shocking climax hits a raw nerve, leaving the audience to consider where the line between right and wrong lies. MR. BUNDY was a hit at the 1998 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
"Jane Martin has written her strongest play yet." - TheatreScope

March 23 - Shakespeare's Will by Vern Thiessen *This performance will take place at the Penfield Public Library
On the eve of William Shakespeare’s funeral, his widow, Anne Hathaway, recalls her life with – and without – the enigmatic poet. As she prepares to read her husband’s will, she reveals the enthralling story of a wife and mother who has made tremendous sacrifices for love, and who still grieves over an event of the more distant past.
“Masterful. In theatre, it’s rare that you get something that is unequivocally, indisputably great.” -- Edmonton Sun

April 20 - Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies
The story focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.
"Can you be a dispassionate, uninvolved observer of horrific events, recording them for posterity and still keep a sense of right and wrong, not to mention your sanity? It's one of several questions getting a workout in TIME STANDS STILL…Insightful writing, the work is smart, stylish, timely and layered with an intriguing seriousness that inspires discussion after the curtain comes down—a rarity these days." —Associated Press.

Admission to all performances is free.