The Blairsburg Family Picnic
by Ben Clawson
WHEN: Monday November 10, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Luna Stage 555 Valley Road, West Orange
ADMISSION: No Reservations Necessary
Suggested Donation: $5 at the door
Frank, Bill and Peg are three octogenarians still living in the same crumbling, rural American town they were born in. They're still kicking, just not very high. The three must come to face the decaying state of their community and their lives as it becomes apparent that their town picnic is, like everything else, not quite what it used to be.
There will be a talkback with the playwright following the reading.
Ben Clawson received his B.F.A. in Theater from Montclair State University, NJ in May of 2007. He is the author of numerous full-length and one-act plays that have had professional productions, readings and workshops in New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and New Orleans. His full-length plays include Spilling Stuff and Breaking Things, Bootstraps, Omnivores and most recently The Dangers of Electric Lighting. He has also written several evenings of short comedies including The Virilogy, We'll See Tomorrow, Cave/Men, Things that Happen in Bars, New.Tricks, and Attention Span of a Fly which reopened the historic Paramount Theater in Asbury Park in Summer 2007.
He has written commissioned works for the Luna Stage Company, The Montclair State University School of the Arts, and the Contagious Drama Theatre Workshop. He has been an evening winner and finalist in the Samuel French Short Play festival, national finalist for the American College Theater Festival's John Cauble One-Act Award, finalist for the Princess Grace Award in playwriting, and recipient of the Kennedy Center's David Mark Cohen award. He is a founding member of the StrangeDog. Theater Company, with whom he has produced many of his plays.