Continuing one of Nantucket's favorite theatrical collaborations, now in its 12th season, TWN and Nantucket Atheneum bring you the 2020 staged reading series. Featuring some of the islands best talent reading plays that will have you entertained from start to finish. Join us this winter and spring for some drama, comedy and everything in between.
The Realistic Joneses
by Will Eno
directed by Cynthia Csaybay
In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
January 31, 2020 7pm at the Nantucket Atheneum
5 Lesbians Eating Quiche
by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood
With contributions by Sarah Gitenstein, Mary Hollis Inboden, Meg Johns, Thea Lux, Beth Stelling, and Maari Suorsa
directed by Janet Forest
It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town?
February 14, 2020 7pm at the Nantucket Atheneum
by F. Andrew Leslie, from the novel by Paul Zindel
directed by Jack Bulger
Bored with school, Lorraine and John search for other activities to fill the time. One of these (random phone calls) leads to a meeting with a retired widower, Mr. Pignati, whose hobby happens to be collecting china, glass and marble pigs. Although their contact with Mr. Pignati is instigated by the selfish intention of collecting money for a bogus "charity," Lorraine and John soon find themselves drawn into the older man's life. Counterpointed by scenes with their parents, their relationship with "The Pigman" moves steadily and surely from casual visits to deeper involvement to, inexorably, tragedy. But, throughout the fast-moving action, a seed of understanding is nurtured—leading on to a growing sense of compassion and "coming of age," that is strengthened and enhanced in the final, poignant moments of the play.
March 20, 2020 7pm at the Nantucket Atheneum
by Michael Parker & Susan Parker
directed by Pam Murphy
The late Mr. Hammond spent twenty years printing $20 bills on a printing press he built in the basement of Monet Manor. After his death ten years ago, his faithful retainer George and his daughter Annie, continued the family business for Mr. Hammond’s widow who recently passed away. Contrary to her promise to leave the manor and all her assets to George and Annie, she has bequeathed the manor to a stranger, Mr. Bud Davis, who is emphatic about turning it into a retirement home for ladies...
April 17, 2020 7pm at the Nantucket Atheneum
Admission is Free.