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American Voices: Thornton Wilder’s ‘The Long Christmas Dinner’ & ‘The Happy Journey’ With Zuzanna Szadowski on Nov 30


The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) presents the next script-in-hand reading in its “American Voices” series: a free reading of Thornton Wilder’s The Long Christmas Dinner and The Happy Journey, on Monday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Calderwood Pavilion, Hall A (527 Tremont St., Boston). Though the event is free, donations to support CSC’s programming will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call (617) 426-0863 or visit www.commshakes.org.

Rebekah Maggor will direct fellow American Repertory Theater alumna, Zuzanna Szadowski (“Dorota” in Gossip Girl) in two one-act plays by Thornton Wilder. These darkly comic and heartrending plays are the experimental precursors to Wilder’s famous Our Town. Written at the height of the Great Depression, they hold particular resonance for us at a moment of economic anxiety and unease.

Szadowski, a television star and theater veteran, will read the parts of Ma Kirby in The Happy Journey and Genevieve in The Long Christmas Dinner. Also reading will be Dan Domingues as Roderick, Chris Bannow as Arthur, and Rebekah Maggor as Leonora.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (www.commshakes.org), best known for its free summer performances on Boston Common, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions to the people of Boston. CSC was founded in 1996 by Steven Maler, who has directed all of its productions.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (website | profile | tag archive).

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