Friday Evening, June 5
Theatrical reading of Septimus and Clarissa, followed by Mrs. Dalloway’s Party
Award winning playwright and actress Ellen McLaughlin will join the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in the historic Alvina Krause Theatre to produce a reading of Ms. McLaughlin’s Septimus and Clarissa. The play was named one of the best off-Broadway plays of 2011 by New York Magazine. The New York Times called it “thrilling and richly theatrical.”
Mrs. Dalloway’s Party! Attendees are invited to dress up (or not) and, upon arrival at the theater, may request fancy hats and scarves from the ensemble’s costume collection. Attendees are welcome to wear the costumes for the evening’s party. There will be music, a “photo booth,” and hors d’oeuvres. Wine will be available for purchase.
Ellen McLaughlin’s acting career has included work on and off Broadway as well as extensively in regional theater. She is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, appearing in every U.S. production from its earliest workshops through its Broadway run. McLaughlin is also known as an accomplished playwright. In addition to Septimus and Clarissa, her plays, including The Trojan Women, Helen, and Tongue of a Bird have received numerous national and international productions. Her awards include the Great American Play Contest, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the NEA, the Writer’s Award from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, the Berilla Kerr Award for playwrighting, The NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Grant. McLaughlin has taught at numerous venues, from Yale School of Drama to Princeton University. She has taught at Barnard College since 1995.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is unique in the United States and rare in the world; a resident ensemble that has over 30 years of experience together, BTE is comprised of both founding and new members to make up one of the most celebrated groups of artists in theatre. American Theatre Magazine calls BTE “a perfect illustration of commitment to place.”