Saturday April 7, 2018
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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Staged readings of two short plays by Paddy Chayefsky.
Staged reading directed by Maura Studi, featuring Rick Vargas, Danette Sills, Sylvie Oblego, Kathi Collins, Malcom Jamar Morgan, Mary Beth Lindsey, Joseph Anton Carter, Stephen Rommel, Charlene Carroll, Mark Westberg, Ann Roylance, Otgadahe Whitman-Fox, and Aaron Leventman.
Marty is a 1953 television play first telecast live May 24, 1953, on The Philco Television Playhouse with Rod and Nancy Marchand. Chayefsky's story is of a decent, hard-working Bronx butcher, pining for the company of a woman in his life but despairing of ever finding true love in a relationship. The teleplay was adapted into the feature film starring Ernest Borgnine in 1955. The film won both the Academy Award for Best Picture and the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival and Borgnine won the Oscar for best actor.
The Mother is a critically acclaimed episode of the TV anthology series with Maureen Stapleton then remade in the 90s with Anne Bancroft, Anne Meara, and Joan Cusack. Played out in park benches in the Bronx, it deals with the struggles faced by worried children and aging parents while addressing issues of race and class.