Fifth Season of the Lind House Play Reading Series

The Alice Lind Play Reading Society began with a proposal from the then New Ulm Actors Community Theatre, (Now State Street Theater Co) Board of Directors to the Board of the Lind House to participate in a joint venture. After several meetings, the first reading occurred on May 8, 2012 with a reading of “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. Paul Warshauer was the first Play Reading Leader and Mary Jane Glawe was the Co-Leader and “official caterer.” There has been an uninterrupted play reading event since the founding.

Various guest Play Reading Leaders have been involved but in May 2014, Hanska native and retired English teacher, Gene Brand was asked to continue the legacy started by Mr. Warshauer. When Mr. Brand is traveling or unavailable, Mr. Warshauer or another guest Play Reading Leader is asked to stand in.

Plays are selected with the criteria that they are great pieces of literature and contain universal truths and/or significant themes. Many of the selections have won Tony Awards for theatre or Pulitzer prizes for literature. Suggestions are always welcome for the following season.

This year a new work by Minnesota playwright Sam Graber has been added. It is about a brother and sister who arrive at the Minnesota river headwaters, just east of Jordan, in an supposed attempt to mine silica sand for sale to oil frackers. But then a strange man is seen roaming the woods at night. And then nothing is at it seems. Since it premiered in Minneapolis, Modern Prophet was bestowed a national award and gained the attention of several NYC theater companies. Modern Prophet is in talks to have an off-off-Broadway production for next year.

The cost is $5.00 per person for each session and often includes refreshments and a script (not every reading). Volunteers are asked to read parts throughout the evening. Depending on attendance, the leading roles may be read by several people for each act or scene. Persons attending do not have to read or may request smaller roles to read. Suggestions from the public for future plays are strongly encouraged. Contact Paul Warshauer at (507) 359-9990.

The Society meets on the Second Tuesday of each month and is dedicated to the idea that reading and listening to plays allows the participants to understand the words and themes of the author more clearly than in some performances. The series is named after the former Governor’s wife, Alice Lind, a supporter of social causes and literacy. To make reservations, please leave a name and phone number on the voice mail at the NUACT office phone (507) 359-9990 along with how many will be in your party. For more information about the play reading options contact Paul Warshauer (507) 359-9990. For more information about the Lind House, please contact Trudy Beranek at (507) 354-8802. If you would like to be on the monthly mailing list, please email us at execdir@statestreetnewulm.org.

Jan 2, 2016: Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand
Feb 9, 2016: Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter, Sam & Bella Spewack
Mar 8, 2016: R.U.R. by Karol Capek
Apr 12, 2016: The Tempest by William Shakespeare
May 10, 2016: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Jun 14, 2016: Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams
Jul 12, 2016: Adam & Eve by Mark Twain (Adapted by D. Birney)
Aug 9, 2016: All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Sep 13, 2016: Modern Prophet by Sam Graber
Oct 11, 2016: The Ice Man Cometh by Eugene O’Neill
Nov 8, 2016 (Election Day): League of Youth by Henrik Ibsen
Dec 13, 2016: Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

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