Having had a serious breakdown after 9-11, New York City-dweller Henry moves with his wife to Mount Morris, NJ, Henry’s childhood home, seeking solace in the suburbs. Then the great blackout of August 14, 2003 occurs trapping Susannah in NYC and the jobless Henry at home. Eight Fourteen, with deft wit and great insight, examines both the fear engendered by 9-11 and the quiet desperation of men forced out of work by a bad economy.
Two of Hal Corley's plays, Finding Donis Anne and An Ounce of Prevention, have been widely performed (Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Walnut Street, Westbeth, and in Atlanta, LA, Boston and Charlotte, NC). Recent: Brush the Summer By, Adirondack Theatre Festival; ODD*, winner, Premiere Stages Festival, excerpted in S&K's Best Stage Scenes of 2008; Easter Monday*, Pendragon, Saranac Lake, NY, excerpted in Exceptional Monologues 2* and S&K’s Best Stage Scenes and Monologues of 2011; Suocera and Mama and Jack Carew* in rep, and Peoria, The Death Bite and seven shorts, Theatre Artists Studio, Phoenix, AZ, where Hal has three times taught 10-minute play workshops. His newest play, Weak Trembles, was in Pandora’s Box annual festival in October 2012. Hal’s The Imaginary Orange won First Prize in FirstStage LA’s One-Act Contest and premiered at Theatre Three, Port Jefferson, NY. Others have been produced by Washington DC's Source, Stageworks/Hudson, LA’s New American and Eclectic Company Theatres, Santa Ana’s Theater Out, Brooklyn’s Gallery Players, Orlando’s Playwrights’ Roundtable, and Ontario’s Flush Ink. Two of Hal's 10-minute plays, 1959 and Il Nido e Bello were finalists for the Heideman Award. His adaptation of Wilder’s Fanny Otcott is available from YouthPlays and his Christmas short Treed will be published by Playscripts. Hal has twice been a semifinalist in the O'Neill Competition. For his work in daytime serials, Hal won five Emmys and two WGA Awards. He lives in Summit, NJ. He is published by Samuel French, Inc.
This reading will be begin at 7:00pm and will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dreyfuss Theatre, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. Click here for directions. Click here for a printable map of the campus (the Dreyfuss Theatre is located in Building 9).
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Directed by John Pietrowski
Henry - Ames Adamson*
Susannah - Prentiss Benjamin*
Markham/Paul - Duncan Rogers*
Reid/Driver/Bram - Michael Irving Pollard*
Yuppie/Jared/Dale/Wiley/Sasha - Henry Patrick Christian*
Bonnie - Bev Sheehan*
Josie/Ines/Cop - Jenelle Sosa*
Reporter/Charlotte/Julie - Carol Todd*
Marguerite/Drugged Woman/Avis - Noreen Farley*
*Members Actors' Equity Association
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