Old Courthouse Theatre

Announcing the 6th season of the Living Room Reading Series

Produced and Directed by Jonathan M Ewart


  "Real People - Real Stories"

The stories of real people, taken to the stage.



August 10, 2014 - “Lombardi” by Eric Simonson, based on the book ’When Pride Still Mattered - A Life of Vince Lombardi’ written by David Maraniss -   (PG)


October 5, 2014 - “Bunny Bunny - Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy” by Alan Zweibel  - Regional Premiere (PG)


January 4, 2015 -Kindertransport” by Diane Samuels  - (PG)


February 15, 2015 - “Best of Enemies” by Mark St. Germain, based on The Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson - Regional Premiere (PG-13)


April 12, 2015 - “Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted” by Christopher Trumbo  -  Regional Premiere (PG)


May 31, 2015 - “Motherhood Out Loud” by   Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West -  Regional Premiere (PG)





"Lombardi"

by Eric Simonson, based on the book When Pride Still Mattered - A Life of Vince Lombardi written by David Maraniss

Rated PG

When:  August 10, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

Sport produces great human drama and there is no greater sports icon to bring to theatrical life than Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, unquestionably one of the most inspirational and quotable personalities of all time. Though football's Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of Lombardi the man—his inspirations, his passions and ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible.



 "Bunny Bunny
Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy"

by Alan Zweibel


Rated PG

When:  October 5th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

Beginning with the first time they met behind a potted tree in an early Saturday Night Live meeting, Bunny Bunny is a whirlwind personal journey through the fourteen-year friendship of writer Alan Zweibel and comedienne Gilda Radner. The play pulls us through a memory patchwork of Alan’s hilarious and heartbreaking adventures with his dear Gilda, as their insecurities and demons are eased by their shared talent for laughter.



 "Kindertransport"

by Daine Samuels


Rated PG

When:  January 4th, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

In the final nine months before World War II, nearly 10,000 unaccompanied Jewish children escaped from Germany on trains headed for the freedom of Britain. Most never saw their parents again. Kindertransport tells the story of Evelyn, a British woman in her fifties, and Eva, the nine-year-old German child she used to be.




"Best of Enemies"

by Mark St. Germain, based on The Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson


Rated PG-13

When:  February 15th, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

Based on the bestselling book by Osha Gray Davidson, BEST OF ENEMIES is a true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis, a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina, schools in 1971. BEST OF ENEMIES exposes the poison of prejudice in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis who, by facing each other, are forced to face the worst, and best, in themselves.




"Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted"

by Christopher Trumbo


Rated PG

When: April 12th, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

When legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, he was thrown in prison and blacklisted as one of the "Hollywood Ten." Based on his brilliant and razor-sharp letters to friends, former friends, and family, Trumbo reveals how the author of Spartacus, Roman Holiday, and Exodus took on Congress, Hollywood, and the Red Scare -- and won.



"Motherhood Out Loud"

by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West


Rated PG

When:  May 31st, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

Where: Main Stage of OCT

COST: Free Admission.

When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling collection of celebrated American writers, what results is a joyous, moving, hilarious, and altogether thrilling theatrical event. Utterly unpredictable, MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations

 


 *Reader's theatre is a style of theatre in which the actors do not memorize their lines. Rather, they either go through their blocking holding scripts and reading off their lines, or else sit/stand together on a stage and read through the script together. In Reader's theatre, actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, and intricate blocking.