Four Staged Readings at Henderson County Performing Arts Center

Example of staged readings

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The Henderson County Performing Arts Center presents a series of four Staged Readings April 4 - 13. Staged Readings are a different type of theater experience whereby the actors, who read from scripts, may be seated, stand in fixed positions, or incorporate minimal stage movement. The plays are:

Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin​:
Uncouth, loud-mouth junkyard tycoon Harry Brock descends upon Washington D.C. to buy himself a congressman or two, bringing with him his girlfriend, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn. Brock hires newspaperman Paul Verrall to see if he can soften her rough edges and make her more presentable in capital society. But Harry gets more than he bargained for as Billie absorbs Verall's lessons in U.S. history and not only comes to the realization that Harry is nothing but a two-bit, corrupt crook, but in the process also falls in love with her handsome tutor.

The Underpants adapted by Steve Martin:
Theobald Maske has an unusual problem: his wife's underpants won't stay on. One Sunday morning they fall to her ankles right in the middle of town - a public scandal. Mortified, Theo swears to keep her at home until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid this chaos he's trying to rent a room in their flat. The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang:
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie star sister, Masha, swoops in with her hot young boyfriend, Spike, amid threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose presence irritates the imperious Masha.

Middle Schoolin’ It, Acted and directed by HCPAC's YES! Company students.

Performance and Play Dates are:
April 4: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
April 5: Born Yesterday
April 6:  The Underpants
April 7: Middle Schoolin’ It (2 p.m. matinee)
April 11: Born Yesterday
April 12: The Underpants
April 13: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Patrons may see one play for $15.00 and pay $5.00 for each additional play. More information at and 903-675-3908. The Henderson County Performing Arts Center is located at 400 Gibson Road, Athens.

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