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A Spicy World – Second Act Readers’ Theatre

May 21, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

$5/All Seats


Our Second Act Readers Theatre Program presents the short play of New England playwright, David Susman. Join us after the show for a talkback with the cast and playwright!

This session of Second Act Readers’ Theatre is dedicated to longtime participant, and well-loved friend, Pauline Wright who lost her valiant battle with cancer last month.

The Firehouse’s arts education program, Second Act Readers’ Theatre, is show biz without the stress! Individuals perform while comfortably seated and there is no memorization required. We welcome individuals 55 and older, regardless of experience, to participate in the magic of theater. Second Act Readers’ Theatre is generously funded in part by The Friendship Foundation.

David Susman’s ten-minute and one-act plays have been staged at festivals across the United States and in Canada. His works have appeared in anthologies by Smith and Kraus and Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, and several of his plays—including “Meet the Author” (2018) and “Stuck” (2019)—have been made into short films by Blackwood Productions, with screenings at the Boston International Film Festival, The New Indie Film Festival of London, the Sedona International Film Festival, and elsewhere.



Great Escapes
When Fred’s elderly mother escapes from her nursing home, it leads to a comedic showdown between mother and son, with revelations for both.

Lorraine – Maureen Daley
Fred – Jay Dunigan

When a long-married couple brings a video camera into the bedroom, the results aren’t what they expected.

Eleanor – Pat Tosches
Fred – Allan Haley

A cantankerous professor clashes with an underperforming student—until they discover some common ground.

Ashley – Miranda Gualtieri
Professor Hoffman – Roger Burgess

The Last Laugh
Two aging sitcom writers struggle to finish a script, and encounter problems both comedic and serious.

Jackie – Lenora Salvucci
Sammy – Susan Geib

Speed Date
What do Andrea and Michael do on their first date? Absolutely everything.

Andrea – Candie Benjamin
Michael – Victor Atkins
Waiter – Jay Dunigan

A husband and wife decide to expand their sexual repertoire, and encounter unforeseen problems.

Helen – Sharon Curtis Phelan
George – Andy Griffith

Meet The Author
In this romantic comedy, love blooms between a writer and a reader, until a difference of literary opinion threatens everything.

Jennifer – Deborah Baker
Marvin – Michael Kimball



May 21, 2023
2:00 pm
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