SAT Readers Theatre

Date: May 18, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

READERS THEATRE, GRESHAM Presents Painting Churches

Sponsored by Sandy Actors Theatre


The final offering of the Readers Theatre, Gresham season is Painting Churches on Monday, May 18 at 7 pm.  Written by Tina Howe, this play was a finalist for the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In a townhouse in the Beacon Hill area of Boston, Fanny and Gardner Church are preparing to move to their summer cottage on Cape Cod.  Gardner, in his 70s, is a poet and Fanny is from a ‘fine old family’.  Their daughter, Margaret (Mags), an artist who lives in New York, has arrived to help them pack and to paint their portrait.  Over the course of several days, Mags sees her role in the parent-child relationship changing.

Painting Churches director Jane Fellows says, “Tobias Andersen and I embark on another journey as husband and wife.  I have wanted to explore this play with him for years.  As Fanny and Gardner face leaving their home, they struggle with their memories and lack of memory.  This piece allows the actors and audience alike to experience the delicate balance of aging.  And Tobias and I are thrilled to be working again with Foss Curtis, who plays our daughter, with narration by Jane Vogel.”

Readers Theatre is a style of theater in which the actors do not memorize their lines.  Actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story without visuals such as sets, costumes and movement.  Narration serves as the framework of the presentation---its like listening to stories on the radio with images in your head.

Performance of Painting Churches is on May 18 at 7 pm in the Gresham Chapel and Evening Event Center at 257 SE Roberts Ave. in Gresham.  Tickets are $9, no reservations.  For this performance, newcomers to RTG get in for $1.