Warner Theater’s 9th Annual International Playwrights Virtual Festival Continues

The Warner Theater in Torrington has just announced three more performances that will be streaming live in January. The three are Put on a Grumpy Face, Good Morning andB Bedtime Stories.

From Good Morning

PUT ON A GRUMPY FACE by Reed Halvorson (SC), will remain available for viewing on the Warners YouTube channel and Facebook page until 1/14 at 11:59 pm. The production is directed by Sharon W. Houk and features Colleen Renzullo, Erin Shaughnessy, and Spookie Carl. There is no fee to watch but donations are always accepted. This virtual festival is made possible with a generous donation from The Marine Family. To watch https://www.youtube.com/c/WarnerTheatreCT

About PUT ON A GRUMPY FACE by Reed Halvorson (SC): Tabitha has experienced a meteoric rise to celebrity thanks to her cat, Tardar Sauce, the feline affectionately known as “Grumpy Cat.” When Tardar Sauce begins to act differently, she begs her newest assistant, Lisa, to save them both. This energetic play satirizes the world of fleeting celebrity synonymous with pop culture.

The second play is GOOD MORNING by Anne Lucas (MA) will premiere this Friday, 1/15 at 7:00 pm and will remain available for viewing on our YouTube channel and Facebook page until 1/28 at 11:59 pm. The production is directed by Sharon W. Houk and features Susan Hackel and Eric Lindblom. There is no fee to watch but donations are always accepted. This virtual festival is made possible with a generous donation from The Marine Family. To watch https://www.youtube.com/c/WarnerTheatreCT
About GOOD MORNING by Anne Lucas (MA): Alex, Marie’s middle-aged son is shocked when he sees his mother in dishabille with a man. She is over 60 how can she have a boyfriend? Marie lets him know it is the life she has chosen, and she is not accountable to her children.

There will also be a one night only live-streamed staged reading of BEDTIME STORIES by Norm Foster will begin on Saturday, 1/23 at 7:30 pm. This streaming event is free to all, but please consider making a donation when you register. A HUGE thank you to Thomaston Savings Bank, the sponsor of this production and the Warner Staged Readings.

This play by Canada’s comedic master, Norm Foster, takes a look at five different ‘bedtime’ stories. Sometimes there’s more than a skeleton residing in the bedroom closet. Meet an aging rock star, a couple of burglars, the shock talk radio jockey and many others, and discover what really goes on in the bedroom. A radio shock jock pays a couple to make love on the air. A woman visits a dying man she feels she hurt years ago. Two men rob a house and discover a shocking secret. An aging rock star is confronted by a groupie. An accident-prone stripper meets with her no-nonsense boss. A woman leaving her husband lectures the movers on the proper way to treat a lady. Six interconnected scenes about friendship, romance, and the true meaning of love take place in the most private of rooms – the bedroom.

Five talented performers – Matt Austin, Frank Beaudry, Colleen Renzullo, Dick Terhune, and Olivia Wadsworth – will play 15 different roles in this staged reading, directed by Wes Baldwin. Warner Theatre Staged Readings are sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank. Warner Theatre virtual programming is made possible by The Marine Family and the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The Warner Stage Company’s presenting sponsor is Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Due to the mature content and issues of language, this show is not suitable for children under 16 years of age.

The remaining schedule for the winning playwrights:
PERMANENT INK by Charlene Donaghy, CT (1/29-2/11)
FOLDED by Bara Swain, NY (2/12-2/25)
EXTENDED PLAY by Ben Marshall, NJ (2/26-3/11)
RELATIVITY AND ME by Len Cuthburt, Ontario, Canada (3/12-3/25)
MOTHERHOOD by Lawrence Aronovitch, Ontario, Canada (3/26-4/8)
SAUL by Colleen O’Doherty, NE (4/9-4/22)

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