Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Reader's Theater Performs Parallel Lives at Russell Library
Directed by Richard Kamins and Anne Cassady, and starring Joan DuQuette and Marcella Trowbridge, Parallel Lives begins with two Supreme Beings planning the beginning of the world. Once they've decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother's funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar. The play reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods—or in this case, goddesses.
All library events are free.