The 2017 Library Series
M&M had terrific shows at Libraries the fall of 2017. Performances are supported by the libraries and are FREE and open to the public.
THE LAST ROMANCE by Joe DiPietro
A crush can make anyone feel young again—even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk—one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol’s reticence—and his sister’s jealousy—Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost. The Last Romance is a heart-warming drama/comedy about the transformative power of love. Veteran director, Maureen Howard heads up this production featuring Carol Eagen, Dick Smith, Ann Signorelli and Janet Tinari.
- Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 pm at the Mount Pleasant Public Library, 350 Bedford Road Pleasantville, NY 10570
- Sunday, April 9 at 2:00 pm at the Harrison Public Library, Bruce Avenue Harrison, NY 10528
- Wednesday May 10 at 7:00 pm at the The Camille Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue Ossining, NY 10562
- Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 pm at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by William Shakespeare
M&M is once again presenting a production by the excellent Red Monkey Theater Group, a new dramatization of Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s comedy of love, wit, deception, revenge, and redemption. This 90-minute adaptation, directed by Tal Aviezer, is set in the late 1940s, just after the close of World War II, and will feature period costumes and music, including classics of swing and big band as well as original choreography by Katy Cocovinis. The cast includes Tal Aviezer, Jessica Rodwick, Mario Fuentes, Ed Friedman, Cameron Blair, Charly Bivona, Nick Leshi, Tom Spitzer, and Katy Wood.
“Much Ado About Nothing is a play set at the end of a war, at a time when people are allowing themselves to believe they have a future,” says Aviezer. “Their emotions are thawing out after a period of national trauma. At the same time, it’s a moment of great social change – people are choosing their own husbands and wives based on individual ideas of love and respect, rather than economy or family arrangements. I felt that the post-Second World War era was the perfect setting to explore these ideas. Plus, it gives you a chance to use plenty of Sinatra and Count Basie in the soundtrack.”
“Like any Shakespeare play, Much Ado is a piece that reaches across time to shake us by our collective cultural lapels,” says Aviezer. “It confronts us with a wealth of ideas that couldn’t be more current – love, gender roles, infidelity, betrayal, generational divides, civil war – and hope. We’re really excited to share it with an audience.”
- Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 pm at the Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430
- Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 pm at the Harrison Public Library, Bruce Avenue Harrison, NY 10528
- Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 pm at the Irvington Public Library, 12 S. Astor Street Irvington, NY 10533
- Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm at the John C. Hart Memorial Library, 1130 East Main Street Shrub Oak, NY 10588
- Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 pm at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oak Ridge Place Eastchester, NY 10709
- Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 pm at the Nyack Library, 59 S. Broadway Nyack, NY 10960
- Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
- Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 pm at the Mount Kisco Public Library, 100 Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
- Wednesday, April 12th at 7 pm at the The Camille Budarz Theater at the Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Avenue Ossining, NY 10562
AND FOR MAY AND JUNE:
DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE by Sarah Ruhl
M&M is once again presenting a production by the excellent Red Monkey Theater Group. An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, a wildly imaginative comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice. A work about how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us—it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically-obsessed world. Directed by Rachel Tamarin.