Friday, January 31, 2020
All readings begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
"The Girl in the Blue Dress" by Stephen Metcalfe
"Mr. and Mrs. Claus" by Stephen Metcalfe
"Root" by Janet Tiger
The Girl in the Blue Dress: The Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer, created his painting, Woman Reading a Letter, around 1663.
To quote Wikipedia:
The central element of the painting is a woman in blue standing in front of a window reading a letter. While the contents of the letter are not visible, the composition of the painting is revealing. The map on the wall behind the woman suggests that the letter she reads was written by a traveling husband. Alternatively, the box of pearls barely visible on the table before the woman suggests a lover as pearls are sometimes a symbol of vanity.
In the course of a twenty-year career, Vermeer painted no more than 60 paintings, forty of them featuring women. Little is known of his models. Vermeer died poor and virtually unrecognized in 1675. He was 43 years old.
The short play, Girl in the Blue Dress, explores the character of Johannes Vermeer and suggests who the model for Woman Reading a Letter, might have been.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus: tba
Root: In the middle of a brutal Nazi death march, a woman meets a child that changes her life.
Stephen Metcalfe: Stage plays include VIKINGS, STRANGE SNOW, SORROWS AND SONS, EMILY, WHITE LINEN, THE INCREDIBLY FAMOUS WILLY RIVERS, WHITE MAN DANCING, LOVES & HOURS and THE TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS. Screen credits include HALF A LIFETIME, COUSINS, JACKNIFE, ROOMMATES and BEAUTIFUL JOE as well as the production drafts of PRETTY WOMAN, ARACHNOPHOBIA, IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU and MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS. He is the author of two published novels, THE TRAGIC AGE and THE PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR.
Janet S. Tiger's work has been performed internationally and published in anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Tiger was the recipient of a 2016-17 San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Program Fellowship, an NEA-COMBO Fellowship and numerous awards. She has taught workshops for Playwrights Project
and from 2006-2008 she was Playwright-in-Residence at Swedenborg Hall.
Locally, Tiger’s work has appeared at THAT24HRTHING! (5 years), the CJC 5-minute Play Festival (4 years), Scripps Ranch, the Lyceum Theater and last June, her one-act Oh, Susannah! was seen at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa. Her full-length, The Third Party, was a San Diego Drama Critics Circle Nominee for Best New Play.
Longtime Scripteaser member (her first play was read at D.J. Sullivan's house in 1980) Janet ushered for Stephen Metcalfe's play Strange Snow at the Cassius Carter and is delighted to have her work on the same night with his.
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