Wednesday, February 23, 2022

ATG Presents Free Play Reading Series!




ATG is excited to announce a series of free Monday night play readings in February and March at the Fellowship Cultural Arts Center in Basking Ridge.

The readings replace our previously announced mainstage production of The Right to Be Forgotten, which has been postponed due to concerns over the ongoing pandemic. While we are disappointed to delay our full production, we want to ensure that our audiences are ready to return en masse to indoor theater before mounting this exciting work. In the interim, we are pleased to offer a sampling of other thought-provoking works, albeit on more informal scale. Each performance will be followed by a Q&A session. The scheduled readings, which all begin at 7pm, are as follows:

February 28th: The Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson and directed by Mark Shanahan. This classic thriller focuses on the seemingly perfect child Rhoda Penmark, who is able to charm her way into getting anything she wants. Anything, except a highly coveted penmanship medal that her teacher has awarded to one of Rhoda's classmates. When the classmate drowns, Rhoda's mother begins to suspect that Rhoda had something to do with the boy's death. An innovative re-telling of an American Classic.

March 7th:  Rabbit Summer by Tracey Conyer Lee and directed by Kevin R. Free. This tragicomedy is a quick-fire examination of love vs. need, manhood vs. fatherhood, mass shootings vs. police brutality, and being Black vs. being blue as a Black Supercouple exhaust their powers.

March 21thCanned Goods by Erik Kahn and directed by Kristolyn Lloyd. Canned Goods brings to life Hitler’s staging of a fake attack on Germany to justify his invasion of Poland in 1939. This tense historical drama tells the story of the human beings forced to play leading roles in a drama they want no part of, and one that launched World War II. This new play proves especially relevant given today’s current global situation.

March 28th: The Right to be Forgotten, by Sharyn Rothstein, and also directed by Kristolyn Lloyd. A powerful look at today’s social media landscape, this drama explores how a young man’s mistake at 17 haunts him online a decade later. Desperate for a normal life, he goes to extraordinary lengths to erase his indiscretion. Rothstein’s A Good Farmer was presented by ATG in 2018 to wide acclaim.

Reservations are not necessary, but all audience members must provide proof of vaccination in order to enter the theater, and masks must be worn. 

I hope you'll join me in experiencing these exciting works. 


Jim Vagias
Producing Artistic Director
American Theater Group