2016 – 2017: The Reading Season
Join us for a one-time-only performance
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00pm
At The Puffin Cultural Forum
20 Puffin Way in Teaneck,NJ
All Seats $10
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ABOUT THIS PLAY
PAGE COUNT is a new play by Kerr Lockhart, set in the transitional Hollywood of 1931. Talkies had arrived, but only barely, and the industry was scrambling for new voices and new methods. Playwright Ben Prescott has been hired for his snappy repartee, but has been struggling with the film form. He is teamed with crusty newspaper veteran Joe Kovach, whose adventures in the screen trade reach back to silent days. At first they are an odd couple, but as they discover a working harmony, Ben also discovers that Joe is dying from the effects of chronic alcoholism. The trouble is, that Joe can’t write without alcohol (at least he thinks so). Ben needs Joe’s teamwork to sustain his career, but now Joe’s existential crisis encompasses Ben. To drink, write and die, or abstain, retire and accept a living death? What part will Ben take in that conflict?
The reading will be followed by a talkback with the playwright, director and cast
WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST:
SAMUEL KERR LOCKHART (Playwright) has lived in Teaneck for over 34 years. A graduate of Amherst College and Fordham Law, for 25 years he worked in the business end of the entertainment industry for William Morris Agency, CNBC/MSNBC and Hallmark Entertainment among others. He also co-produced a number of performing arts documentaries, including YOU’RE THE TOP: THE COLE PORTER STORY and GLENN MILLER: AMERICA’S MUSICAL HERO. He has been a schoolteacher for the last 14 years, now working in Roselle. His earlier play, THE SCHOOL INSPECTORS, is published by Stageplays.
*THOM MOLYNEAUX (Director) Thom is an Actor, Director, Playwright and Drama Critic.
Actor: has recently received positive reviews for his portrayals of the criminal psychologist in Porcelain (Garage Theatre Group) the acerbic, foul-mouthed, politico in, Fair and Decent, (Luna Stage) the rugged, hilarious, sociopath in, Omnivorous. (Playwrights Theatre) and the ancient Irish farmer in search of his grandson in Trad here at Garage Theatre.
Director: recently, the critically acclaimed productions of Marsha Norman’s ‘night Mother, Sean Reycraft’s One Good Marriage, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, and his adaptation of Marivaux’s False Servant.
Playwright: Drama League of New York competition winner, finalist for the Roberts/Panowski Playwriting Award. Most recent, the staged reading of his Mrs. Parker and G.S. K… at the Garage Theatre Group, and Booth, Lincoln and Booth, at Luna Stage. The New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists has honored him repeatedly for his theatre reviews.
*MICHAEL BIAS OFF BROADWAY: A Benefit for the Boat People (Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre) OFF-OFF BROADWAY: The Woolgatherer (American Theatre of Actors) Teeth and Smiles (with Ellen Greene) (I.R.T. Theatre) Miss Julie (East Wind Theater Wing) The Indian Wants the Bronx (Gallery Theatre), The Last Mile (Gallery Theatre) REGIONAL THEATRE: Some Men Need Help (Philadelphia Area Regional Theatre), The Zoo Story (tour of Germany) GARAGE THEATRE GROUP: Enron!, Imagining Madoff, Ashes to Ashes, Afterplay, Laughing Wild, The Night Reginald Filbert Called it Quits, The False Servant, Slaughter City, Afghan Women. FILM: Battling Joe Moran with James Cagney, A Little Sex, Prince of the City, Zelig, Purple Rose of Cairo. TELEVISION: Love of Life, Law and Order, War of The Insects. Michael is also the founder and Artistic/Producing Director of The Garage Theatre Group, where, since 1993, he has directed and produced more than 75 plays and musicals. He also has developed a pilot theatre and arts program for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. Mr. Bias sits on the executive committee of ArtsBergen, and conducts acting classes for youth and adults.
*MONA HENNESSY played Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at GTG. She recently appeared at Luna Stage in Terence McNally’s A Perfect Ganesh, and prior to that, at Luna, she played Virginia Woolf in Vita and Virginia. Over her decades-long career, Mona has worked primarily in New Jersey’s regional professional theatres. Among her favorite roles (besides Winnie and Virginia Woolf) are: Mrs. Alving in Ghosts and Ella in Little Beasts (Luna Stage); Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Forum Theatre); and Katharine in A Perfect Ganesh, which she had also performed with 12 Miles West. Mona co-developed and directed, with Jane Mandel, an original theatre piece called The American Project, which toured throughout New Jersey schools. She also toured for many years with the wonderful Pushcart Players, and performed throughout the country – and even in Terezin, Czech Republic – in the company’s Holocaust remembrance play, The Last…Butterfly. Mona performed last year in The Theatre Project/What Exit’s One-Act Festival and in Luna Stage’s presentation of two plays by Phoebe Farber. As always, she gives love and thanks to her wonderful family (which now includes four adorable grandchildren!).
*RYAN D. SCOTT most recently played Andy Fastow in GTG’s production of Enron. Previously, he was seen at GTG as the Fire Chief in The Bald Soprano, Billy Bishop in Billy Bishop Goes to War, and Chico and Harpo Marx in The False Servant. Originally from southeastern Washington state, Ryan has performed with many regional and repertory theaters, from musicals to Shakespeare. Some regional favorites include: Rodolpho in A View from the Bridge, Ellard in The Foreigner, Heisenberg in Copenhagen, Teddy in Valparaiso, also with GTG, and Stew in Talk Radio