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Area drama enthusiasts will get a chance to see the readers theatre method on display at the upcoming presentation of “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” which will be performed at the Monticello Theatre Association’s Phoenix Theatre Jan. 18-27.
Readers theatre involves no sets and little interaction between characters. Actors perform with little movement and their script on a stand in front of them.
But that doesn’t make it easy, according to longtime MTA director/performer Carl Sebens. In fact, he says the technique can be quite a challenge for actors.
“For a performer, it’s pretty difficult to do, because you sit there with the script in front of you, but you need to sound like you’re talking to a friend,” said Sebens.
“Love, Loss and What I Wore” revolves around a five-woman cast who deliver monologues about relationships and wardrobes, and sometimes about the interaction of the two. The show debuted in 2008 in New York, and is the second-longest running show in the history of the Westside Theatre, also in New York.
Since “each person is several characters,” Sebens said it allows those on stage to flex their acting chops. Those in the MTA version have been rehearsing for nearly two months. It is the third show for the local group since they reopened a local theatre last spring.
“Love, Loss and What I Wore” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26, with matinees at 1:30 p.m. On Jan. 20 and 27. A dinner theatre option is available on Jan. 19 and 26, with doors opening at 6 p.m. for those performances. Play-only tickets are also available on those evenings.
Tickets are available through the theatre association website, monticellotheatre.org. A portion of tickets sales from the two Saturday productions will be donated to support breast cancer research.