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Script in hand series presents A Small Fire

CRT offers staged readings of edgy, new American plays


Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s fourth annual staged play-reading series Sundays at Three continues on April 14 with “A Small Fire,” by Adam Bock.

Directed by CRT Artistic Director David Smith-English, the show features CRT company members Cyndy Smith-English and Michael Mitchell, as well as Kevin Newland Scott and Jennifer Whitten.

“A Small Fire” follows John and Emily Bridges, a long-married couple whose lives are upended when Emily falls victim to a mysterious disease. As her senses are slowly stripped away, Emily resolves to remain engaged with her community, relying on John to help her run her company. But her stoic outlook reaches a breaking point when the disease steals her hearing, leaving her with nothing but touch to communicate with the world. Suddenly, she is completely dependent on the husband whose endless devotions she has always taken for granted.

The Sundays at Three performances feature new works by American playwrights. The plays include lively post-show discussions, refreshments and a behind-the-scenes backstage tour.

“The people who have come to the readings really want to be exposed to these new and edgier plays. We have begun to establish a following of people who look forward to this unique kind of experience in the theatre. The after-show discussions with cookies and coffee have been delightfully spirited,” David Smith-English said.

He noted that some people don’t understand that a staged reading has blocking, costumes, lights, sound and a set, but the actors have only had three rehearsals and carry their scripts.

Smith-English added: “It never ceases to amaze me how much can be accomplished in such a short time. There is always a bit of danger in the air, an edgy energy that you might not experience in a more extensively rehearsed production.”

The Sundays at Three series concludes May 5 with “Lonely I’m Not,” by Paul Weitz. All play readings are at 3 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online, at clackamasrep.org, at the door, or by calling 503-594-6047.



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