Southern Tier Actors Read Celebrates Irish Theatre

The Phelps Mansion Museum host Southern Tier Actors Read for a presentation of two Irish one-act comedies.  Director Judy McMahon joins us to talk about the author, Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory and her unique insights into Irish culture in her classic plays.  

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A Son's Play Recollects his Father's Life through Letters


Dalton Trumbo was a well-known screenwriter, but he was called in to testify in the Red Scare and name names of other screenwriters who had been members of the Communist Party.  He was found in contempt of Congress and was blacklisted, but managed to not only continue his craft, but excel in it.  Bill Gorman and Chris Nickerson star in ‘Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted’, a play based on Trumbo’s letters produced by Southern Tier Actors Read. For tickets, 607/729-1959.


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"Morning's at Seven" premiered in 1939 and hasn't lost any laughs


Paul Osborn’s play Morning’s at Seven inhabits a world of family events and emotions that remains unchanged since it opened on Broadway in 1939.  It has been revived several times on Broadway, and is popular in community theatre for its colorful and still-relevant characters.  Southern Tier Actors Read are presenting it in the ballroom of the Phelps Mansion Museum on Saturday, January 23rd, and Sunday, the 24th.  



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A drama explores a controversial issue


Author Jack Gilroy and director Judy McMahon talk about the first area reading of the play The Predator.  After years as a teacher, Gilroy has begun writing novels and plays. Coming from a military family, he explores issues around drone warfare.  Judy McMahon brings her dramatic expertise and actors from Southern Tier Actors Read for a reading and discussion of this play.  The performace will be at the Unitarian Universalist church next to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.

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Southern Tier Actors Read start Halloween a little early


The Passion of Dracula ran Off-Broadway for two years. It’s a slightly up-dated version of Bram Stoker’s classic tale, with women taking up the battle against the famous vampire.  Southern Tier Actors Read performs it for one night only in the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott.  Director Joe Bardales and actor Bree Harvey talk about the play and Southern Tier Actors Read.


Southern Tier Actors Read perform Chekov's "Uncle Vanya"


Director Bernie Sheredy speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about directing Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. Sheredy has found a translation of this classic play that he feels captures the spirit of the original. “Vanya is one of the most — I think — fully realized of his comedic masterpieces. It’s certainly my favorite. And to have a chance to work on it, even in just a reading, though as a reading it’s incredibly challenging, because Vanya’s a stretch for any actor.”

Southern Tier Actors Read presents a Patriotic Radio Show for Veterans Day


Judy McMahon speaks with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about Southern Tier Actors Read and their celebration of Veterans Day — and some upcoming performances. Directors Judy McMahon and Kate Murray have delved into radio archives to recreate a radio show from World War II, with  a behind- the- scenes look at the production of these radio programs, including specially created sound effects.

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S.T.A.R presents "The Farnsworth Invention" at the Cider Mill Playhouse


Director Judy McMahon and actors Andy Horowitz and Nick De Lucia speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about the staged reading of Aaron Sorkin’s play The Farnsworth Invention coming to the Cider Mill Playhouse.  It was originally meant as a screenplay about the interactions between Philo T. Farnsworth and RCA president David Sarnoff, who stole Farnsworth’s invention.


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Southern Tier Actors Read present "Translations"


Kate Murray, Andrew Haggerty, and Joe Bardales speak with WSKG’s Bill Snyder about S.T.A.R.’s presentation of  Brian Friel’s drama Translations. Friel says that Translations is “a play about language and only about language” but it covers a wide range of subjects, often presented ironically.


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